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There is an article in Westways (the official triple-A magazine) about tunnels under major streets which were built for pedestrians (especially schoolchildren) in the 1920's and 30's. It refers to one that still exists, but has recently been fenced in to disallow access, on Sunset Blvd. It's easy to spot with google maps street view on both sides of the street.

I've been through some pedestrian tunnels that run under the 101 freeway in the San Fernando Valley. They can be convenient, but late at night it pays to be a little cautious because some tend to be homeless hangouts. There are tunnels near Fallbrook, Winnetka, and White Oak.. those are the only ones I'm aware of. A co-worker of mine says that there are many in India except they call them "subways" there, and that not many take them past 7pm for fear of crime. I hope they stay open because this town deserves to have passageways that aren't just dedicated to cars. Plus, it can be exciting to explore.

tunnel under 101 near shoup
The tunnel near Fallbrook ^
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At the Renaissance Faire this weekend Melissa pointed out Peter Pan to me. To answer all your questions: Yes, he was there. Yes, he had a lute. And yes, it was amazing to behold.

Unfortunately, it was probably one of the hottest days we could have attended. By the time it ended we were completely exhausted from walking the entire faire a few times over. But I must say that the jousting tournament was a blast and the townsfolk who were wandering around did a great job in their parts. A few highlights were the displays of weaponry and war encampment, the May Pole, a brawl in one of the courtyards, and the parades.
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How well do you know your rights?

A quiz from the book Beat the Heat by Katya Komisaruk

1. If you’re arrested, you shouldn’t answer the cops’ questions, but it’s okay to make small talk with them about sports, politics, etc. T or F

2. You’re required to carry identification with you at all times and show it to the police upon request. T or F

3. It doesn’t matter what you say to your arresting officers, as long as you don’t sign anything. T or F

4. If you ask an undercover officer, “Are you a cop?” it’s legal for him to lie and say, “No, I’m not a cop.” T or F

5. If you’re arrested and you admit to the police what you’ve done wrong, you’ll usually get a better deal in court. T or F

6. If the police fail to read you your rights when they arrest you, you’ll almost always win your case. T or F

7. If you chose to remain silent after you were arrested, the prosecutor can’t argue to the jury that that this is evidence of guilt. T or F

8. If an officer asks to see what’s in your pockets or backpack, and you say “No,” the officer can use your refusal as an excuse to search. T or F

9. If you’re arrested, but you’re truly innocent, you should ask to see a lawyer and then remain silent. T or F

10. Once you’ve said, “I take the Fifth,” to your arresting officer, nothing else you say can be used against you in court. T or F

Answers: 1.F 2.F 3.F 4.T 5.F 6.F 7.T 8.F 9.T 10.F
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Sony home entertainment president David Bishop on Target's decision to only stock Blu-Ray players, no more HD-DVD: "We think this is a big step in clarifying the decision to the consumer"

Thanks for clarifying.
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5 Movies Meme

From kappadarappa!

Name 5 movies you've *HAPPILY* seen repeatedly (or, if you haven't, 5 that you would happily see again). Post this in your LJ or, in the spirit of meme and spam-mail ultimatum, your TV and sound-system will break. Those of you with HD home theater systems are especially screwed.

1) L.A. Confidential
Good Cop, Bad Cop? This movie tackles everything from politics, racism, and corruption and stretches the limits of what a genre film can be. Plus, I'm a sucker for movies set in Los Angeles (see Chinatown)!

2) The Seventh Seal
Now here is some heavy viewing. Bergman always knows how to place difficult subjects into a context that is though provoking yet still digestible. With The Seventh Seal, he gets right to the point as Death is introduced as a character in the first five minutes!

3) Naked Lunch
Seeing this one more than once is almost a requirement if you are going to see it at all. It is set across different planes of existence, so don't walk in expecting a linear narrative. Not only is there so much attention to detail in this movie, but it all fits together in such a beautiful way.

4) Glengarry Glen Ross
It's got the feel of a play since it was adapted from one. It showcases both great actors and acting all around, with a bunch of quotable lines. And even a nice quick appearance from Alec Baldwin who steals the show.

5) American Psycho
Hilarious! I'd write more about this movie, but I have to go return some videotapes..