A Chevy for Six, Please

I knew there was a very good reason to not read guidebooks. I knew it. Because they tell you as much about what you don’t want to know as what you do.

We decided to brunch it in downtown LA today.

I was flushed with success at navigating back from Warner Studios yesterday at rush hour using only a street plan: clear roads before us but traffic jams at every point in the opposite direction flow. Proving my superiority over Satnav once and for all. So I decided this morning to grab the guidebook and to oversee our route.

Mistake. I became sadly distracted by all the other irrelevant sections in the book including the bit about the forty or twenty or so (big numbers, whatever) tectonic fault lines criss-crossing LA and the 99 percent chance (certainty) identified by some study in 2008 of a massive quake in the next…

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