• http://www.buttonmonkey.com/ Terry

    Sounds like hell.

  • http://not-right.com Erma

    I’d love to go Christmas shopping wearing flip-flops, but crazy New England weather hasn’t let me do it, or at least do it and let me enjoy it.

  • http://www.beltzner.ca/ifeelafel feelafel

    Sadly, LA pretention is often imitated (although as you say, is never replicated). I wish people from other places would get their own thing. Like Ottawa. I’m from Ottawa. Windchill is our thing. Nobody does it better. It was -39 with windchill earlier this week in Ottawa … that’s the same in F as in C. So, what’s your thing, places other than LA?

  • chukee

    And those flocks of noisy, little, green parrots everywhere…

  • http://www.rebelartist.com/seller/bio?rid=3564 Brandon

    Trader Joe’s looks like WAY to much fun. I think I’d be very well stocked indeed if I shopped there. Also, why does everyone have this big infatuation with HUGE breasts?? I mean, I suppose natural ones are ok, but fake ones kinda turn me off. To the point where I’m thinking the smaller the better. At least then I know they are real.

  • http://nope Buckosmack

    Trader Joes says it all. We have them, we gave them birth and no matter where else they show up, they’re still ours! All ours.

    “This town is our town, it is so fabulous. Bet you’d live here if you could and be one of us.”

    Straight into Heaven for me!

  • bonnie

    My first post on the dooce site has got to be this one question: Do you tweak your photos to get that nice velvety, fuzzy, warm look, or is your camera just that fucking awesome? I’ve always admired how most of your digital photos have that above mentioned rich quality, but I may have missed any previous mention you’ve made about what type of camera or tricks you use.

  • http://www.larue.blogspot.com Summer–the other ex-mormon

    Wow. Andy Dick, boobs, Tom Cruise and gay sex, the munchies, perky breasts, ecstasy parties, and Trader Joe’s. What’s not to miss… sounds like fun to me! It’s definately a 180 degree turn around from the Stepford environment you’re in now.
    I think we should all send Dooce little care packages of sand, tostadas, and heat lamps so she can build her own mini-LA in the back yard. You could get those life size cardboard standups of all the celebs and have a fabulous party.
    Then again what would the neighbors think?? *gasp*

  • http://www.larue.blogspot.com Summer

    Feelafel–Arizona. It’s like 82 degrees out today. I’m wearing shorts.

  • http://www.digitalcatharsis.com the mighty jimbo

    yeah…i like those things about socal too. but you did trade up in some ways too.

    free range, organic, hormone and additive free breasts.

    air you can’t see.


    seasons that are not linked to tourists, advertising and new fall releases.

    more guns, but less people actually using them.

    drinks that cost less than 15 dollars.

    housing you can actually afford without having to sell a script, your body, crack, or your soul.

  • http://www.novenarik.org Jory

    Here in Utah, Dooce, we try to bring a little bit of flavor country home with the Film Festival — a poor substitution, but hey. I totally saw Andy Dick at the Egyptian. No puking midgets though, er I mean, his entourage.

    And Summer? What would the neighboors think? You *know* she’d be called as the mutual coordinator within 10 minutes of that shindig, for sure.

  • http://www.helenjane.com helenjane

    yesterday i saw this platinum lovely leap from her jag to hug a stuntman and she seriously had one canteloupe on each side of her chest.

    they were fucking works of art, those breasts.

    viva LA!

  • http://www.talkingcrow.com/blog/ rosebaby

    yeah! the driving! 70mpg bumper to bumper! that may be the only thing i miss. and the mexican food. and the beach.

    but san diego for chrismas every year solves some of that.

    you’ll end up going back to visit and realize why you left, and not regret it.


  • http://www.jennifermurray.net Jen

    Is it really sunny there all the time?

  • George

    I miss Chuck, especially when he would come over after American Idol and his mom and my mom would drink lots of wine and sit on our stoop enjoying the warm weather.
    Things that Chick misses about LA;
    Animal Crackers, Runyon Cyn. Puppy play group, sprinkler heads, the beach, his lookout window
    Sara and Brad and mostly me. Bring him back….

  • chukee

    Jen, it is sunny most every day. This is why I left mossy Seattle for dusty LA. Lush and green is great, but if you have S.A.D. you won’t appreciate it.

  • pbert

    Why DID you leave it?

  • http://sx70.blogspot.com sx70.blogspot.com

    trader joes. i’ve said it before, i’ll say it again–the trader joes on third and la brea has the greatest percentage of hotties per square footage of food purveying in probably all of north america.

    having said all that, we miss your LA posts, and we’re happy to see this one.

  • http://brittney.pitas.com brittney in nashville

    Yes, gigantic, perky breasts are far superior to gigantic, perky hair.

  • ex southern babtist

    Ahhh, gotta love LA!

  • rosebaby

    hey! britney at sundance!


  • robby rist

    i dont care who you are, you gots to love big boobies. especially they way they are presented to you in LA. for you viewing pleasure. actually everything is like that here. like LA is one big TV show. weird. i just realized that im cousin oliver.

  • http://livejournal.com/users/katekinks Kate

    Is it bad that the only thing I buy consistently, every time I hit up Trader Joe’s, is their peanut butter cups? Those things are like Turkish Delight for the Southern Californian.

  • http://www.larue.blogspot.com Summer

    Jory you are SO right. And assignments would immediately go out for which people could sign up to bring a “sweet” or a “salt” dish… and lots and lots of green jello with grated carrots in it… and the casseroles! Oh the casseroles!! I totally forgot.

  • Some Guy

    The year I moved to SoCal it rained through part of January and most of February. A local said it was the most rainy “winter” he could remember. It’s strange though, even when it rains out here it’s brighter than it was on a normal day back in Pennsylvania. The only thing I miss is thunderstorms.

  • http://www.chriscrosdale.com Cros

    The best thing about L.A. is that there is always the potential of something bizarre and interesting happening…. L.A. is such a large blob of dislocated people, most of whom have abandoned thier home towns for “something better”, all huddled together in one spot, that just by the law of averages, like a million lost monkeys banging on a million sunbleached typewriters, something interesting is bound to happen just about every day….

    Oh Yeah, and there is a lot a fake boobs too.

  • pbert

    I order the ribeye most times but man, that porterhouse sure looks appetizing. The ribeye always ends up costing less, AND I get to enjoy every bite.

  • http://n/a moose

    Congrats on your gobs of gigs. We all want you to stay meta.

    Mighty Jimbo: amen, brother.

  • Suzyn

    We have Trader Joe’s here in Chicagoland–it rocks: a lb. of shade grown organic columbian coffee for $7, chocolate out the wazoo, great wine, and Cabot’s butter and sour cream–cheap…God has kissed me on the lips.

  • nora

    as a TJs is my store of choice person who once spent 5 months sans Trader Joe’s in Orlando, I feel your pain. I also expect that if you gave us a wish list, we, your loyal and adoring fans, could probably be persuaded to ship you goodies.

  • http://funtime.studiom11.com Funtime Ben

    You should start the Dooce.com LA sightseeing experience. Perky breasts, Andy Dick, Tori Spelling’s boobs, happy hour, Tom Cruise, body-builders who eat children… I know most tours feature Tori Spelling’s boobs, but why mess with a good thing.


    Things that are missed by us locals:

    Dooce and Blurb

    I used to have hope that there was a balance of good guys in this mess.

  • Jon

    Hrm, I’ve seen people in New England wearing flip-flops in all kinds of weather. Tevas + thick socks, seems to work for them.

  • http://www.villapaita.com jimmypage

    d00ce – what you’ve mentioned, thus far, about utah, makes mormon country sounds like a kinder, gentler nazi concentration camp.

    so, do what you need to do… use the donations people have sent you to move back to LA & get a perky boob job. oh & post the pics. -jp

  • http://raptor.slc.edu/~kindle9 kindle

    Hey hey now, Trader Joe’s isn’t just in Southern California. The delightfully temperate Bay Area has them too.

    (I wonder if I can stir up any Northern Cali vs. Southern Cali rivalry. Hrm..)

  • http://swirlspice.blogspot.com Irk

    That almost makes L.A. sound kind of good.

    I’m from Detroit. I think our thing is a distinct lack of things. Except for gas-guzzling SUVs that support terrorism. Although we did just get a Trader Joe’s. And we’re the only point in the contiguous 48 that is north of Canada.

  • http://www.apeymonkey.com christa

    feelafel – I’m from the Jersey Shore where our thing is bitching and moaning about New Jersey but secretly loving it. We also make fun of the hosers from South Jersey.

  • Buckosmack

    And another thing, LA ain’t the only place fake titties are born and rasied, c’mon now.

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/sarahallison sarah

    Dooce, that comment about Tom Cruise is going to get you a lawsut…you know he goes after blood, because, like, he’s not gay. :)

  • http://notsograceful.blogspot.com anna jr.

    um, i live in arkansas.

  • http://www.dirtyfez.com Kat

    I may or may not know someone who may or may not have seen Tom Cruise and his male “personal assistant” doing things that may or may not be classified as “homosexual activity”. Allegedly.

  • http://www.unremembered.com darian

    It’s 81 degrees here today, I’m sweating my ass off.

    Hopefully, I’ll have fake boobs in a few years.

  • http://poo.phrunk.org Rebecca

    better than being stuck here in canada… igloos and all.

  • http://www.turbanhead.com/mt ME

    the trader joe’s in west hollywood was the best – we stocked up on stuff there before we returned to NYC – we don’t have them here in the 5 boroughs yet and have to settle for the one in Philly when we visit relatives.

    Still looking for the gigantic perky breasts here in NYC…

  • the media

    la fucking rocks.

  • http://translucent.nu Katie

    You guys don’t have Trader Joe’s in Utah, huh? What a sad world.

  • Lauren

    Christmas shopping outside in flip-flops.

    Yea…that’s something I love about Texas, as well.

    I think that Los Angeles misses you too.

  • The Other Erika

    Knowing you will see your fave celeb..eventually. Running into Billy Bob Thorton shopping on Melrose and having a 45 minute conversation and being amazed at how unbelievably nice and normal he is!

  • http://www.geocities.com/yahmdallah/ Yahmdallah

    Regret is like a wine stain on the carpet. It never quite fades away, but eventually you don’t even see it anymore.

  • Zan

    I love the fact that it looks like the Gigantic George appears to be crouching down to fit in the frame… He looks like a huge dog, although it’s probably just the angle of the photo.

    Chuck looks totally confident that even though he’s standing next to this tank of a dog, he’s like,”I am SO cool… come pet me”

    Your photos rock.