Back from Imagination Land, from the center of everything, I've been thinking a lot about Los Angeles. I had dreaded going there because of its massive size and the need to drive everywhere. There are many things I've come to like about it.

For instance, the complete randomness and extreme nature of roving oddball characters. Every town has random drunks peeing in alleyways. Nowhere in Columbus, though, can you walk down the street and see the scene below -- a man dressed as a space demon talking on a cell phone.

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It's also nice to walk down the street and pick a copy of my favorite spoof newspaper. Not sure if anyone has studied this, but streetside boxes of The Onion might be the truest mark of a big city.

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Also, I forgot to mention my favorite star along Hollywood Boulevard. It was also nice to see that Tom Cruise's embedded award was nearly hidden beneath a construction walkway. Nobody was taking pictures of it. Ha ha.

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However, Cruise might have the last laugh. There's an enormous Scientology headquarters nearby, right in the center of all the star-struck tourists. I kept thinking how nice it would be to actually have Godzilla around for a good bout of Rampage.

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