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Old 23rd November 2010, 02:26   #91
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This weekend I drove down to LA along with 2 collegues. We started of as Collegues but came back as friends.

Saturday morning was wet and foggy. So we decided to drive on the I-5 instead of the CA-1. Did not wish to risk the bad weather and difficult road at the same time. The rain and fog helped make the sedate I-5 a more interesting drive.
We left our Hotel at around 7AM.

The speed limit on I-5 is 70 mph. But almost everyone was doing speeds between 80 and 85 mph.
It was a nice drive. We stopped at Taco Bell for food. The drive was quite uneventful except for a traffic jam that lasted an hour.
We reached Hollywood Bvld at around 2PM.

Then found a parking lot that had 8$ maximum for all day parking.

As soon as we got on the road, we were asked by a bunch of tour operators about a 20$ trip to see the Stars.
I just blurted out if they would do it at 50 for 3. The guy agreed.

There was atleast 20 mins before the bus, so we bought a quick meal. The bus came and we took our food with us.
I had bought a pack of fish and chips.

After the trip, we roamed around Hollywood Bvld. Got our car out and drove to the Universal Studio.
Then decided to find a Hotel nearby. We found Saharan on W Sunset drive.
90$ including taxes. The room was small but decent and clean.

Unfortunately as we later found out it was noisy. Luckily I had a pair of ear plugs. I used them and slept well.

In the morning, my friends went to Universal Studio. I went to the LA Auto Show.
Kept recording videos till the battery fully drained out.

We met up at the hotel at 3PM. Drove back and reached SFO at around 10:30 PM.

On the drive back, the low fuel indicator lit up.
We moved from the 2 lane 70 mph I-5 into a 5 lane 65mph I-880.

The time was around 9 PM. Raining cats and dogs.

We were in the third lane and trying desperately to spot a gas station. My car was at 62-63 mph. The rest of the traffic was over 70.
Suddenly I find a pair of red and blue lights behind me.

Since its quite clear its for us, I pull over. The cop then instructs me to get off the freeway and enter the exit. Directed to stop in a turnout.

We stop. A little bit of panic and fear. We bring down the windows and keep our hands in sight. Also switched on the inside lights.
The cop asked for my license. I told him I am from India and gave him my Passport and the license.

He said that we had changed our lane 3 times. While all of us were sure we did no such thing, we kept quiet and instead I told the officer. We are very sorry.
Told him that low fuel light had come on and I was trying to find a gas station. Told him that we were not trying to cut thru traffic and that was also the reason why I had not taken the last exit. He went to his cruiser, checked something and came back and asked us to leave but to be careful.

We finally found a gas station using the GPS. As we filled in gas, realised that there was hardly 15 miles to the hotel. We might as well have ignored the low fuel indicator and carried on.

But all izz well, that ends well.
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Old 23rd November 2010, 08:20   #98
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@BB are you on work or on holiday. The way your travelogue is shaping up, it seems you are on a 35 day holiday in the US . Also, your videos are taking a toll on my 3GB download limit

But jokes apart, really enjoying your travelogue, Have fun !
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You sure are having lots of fun!
BTW, even with a fuel light on, the car will easily do 50+ miles so never panic.
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Old 23rd November 2010, 08:34   #100
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This weekend I drove down to LA...But all izz well, that ends well.
I loved that write-up; simple, short, to the point & crisp. That's how it should be.

BTW, did you meet the stars? Would like to hear about that part. And those colleagues were Indian or from US or desis ?
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Old 23rd November 2010, 08:35   #101
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Thanks guys. The guys with me were Indian. Same story as me. Here in US for a bunch of meetings and discussions.
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Close shave that was, with the cop I mean. I wonder why he stopped you when you guys were sure you hadn't changed lanes, as alleged. Perhaps because you were going slower than others?

You are lucky to get away with an admonition. My pal (a US citizen) was fined 200 USD for 'weaving' between lanes while returning from a late night movie show in Fremont. I was in the car with him and we were indeed changing lanes (he'd just returned from a vacation in Hyderabad )
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At the AutoShow there was a nice lady at the Jeep counter. She would take your picture and give you a card with a code on it.

Enter that code after 48 hours and download your picture from the jeep website.

So don't you think the Jeep suits me..
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Old 25th November 2010, 19:11   #104
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Hey @BBlost, I will be arriving in San Diego on Saturday. Thanks to your thread I now have an insight into California.

Since international roaming is expensive, I was looking at options of buying a sim during my stay. I found a prepaid plan from At&T where I'll need to buy a phone(cheapest is $5) and recharge with a $25 voucher.

Cell Phones & Devices - Wireless from AT&T

Get Started - Wireless from AT&T

I would be grateful if you could share your thoughts on the same.
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Old 25th November 2010, 20:43   #105
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Temperature in Belmont is around 2 degrees Centigrade.

@Hudson: Keep your warm clothes.
I will check with a colleague who bought himself a phone here. I was lucky that a friend had given me his Sim in India itself.

In the US incoming is also charged. The cell rates are atrocious. I keep the cell so someone can reach me. But I don't pick it up unless called twice. Also I use Google Talk Call Phone to call any number in the US.

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