It’s now really day three in L.A., but I think the “food – hangover” I have from day two justifies me in thinking it may be the same day.
Being a vegetarian in the U.S. you would think would be easy, but I haven’t found this so far. Despite the amount of food, there is just no protein available except in eggs! Today, my mission is a protein hunt – tofu preferably. Julia has the run down on an excellent Thai restaurant which we’ll check out today.
I’ve taken to hiding my non-environmentally friendly cups and plates in the mini-bar fridge in the hotel room in an effort to do something for the environment (or maybe it’s just so I don-t feel guilty! :-)) — I did the whole, “leave the towel on the towel rack” thing, following the sign most hotels these days that promises that the towels can be reused if you don’t put them in the tub — didn’t work – they just gave us new ones anyway — rental car is offset and small, feeling okay about that… I think – may have to plant some trees while I’m away though… lol. Smog here is aweful, and I fear that I may be adding to it in some way — oh yeah, I am.
Talking to clergy at St James’ yesterday, I discover that water is a huge problem here in L.A. due to the desert climate. I haven’t had a sense that much is being done about it, though! – No duel flush toilets here (by looks of things, more water is used here than in a Australian single-flush!), and no sign of water restrictions. The L.A. department of water and power advertise “watering days” and have a “Green L.A.” section http://www.ladwp.com, but these things are not publicly advertised here. We do have a water saving shower head in our room (this one – http://www.sunbeamhospitality.com/products/face_the_day/showerheads/6911.html) but at 2.5 gallons (9.46 litres) a minute it uses nearly 2 litres a minute more than an Australia AAA rated shower head.
More on this soon. Take care all. CG.