• TheHans

    Poor Jon. He’s, sadly, too old to be an F1 driver. Unless you’re married to Michael Schumacher (41) and never told us. Most drivers are somewhere between 19-30.
    EDIT: You have to realize that I am a massive F1 fan. I am so sorry I had to pop in with that little remark. For what it’s worth, I’m too old, too. Leta…now, if Jon wants a little racer in the family, she’s about old enough for karts. (grin)

  • Daddy Scratches

    My father-in-law has a Mercedes with that crazy manual-without-a-clutch thing. I haven’t dared to try it in that mode. I drive a stick … with, like, a clutch and stuff. I wouldn’t have a clue what to do if the clutch wasn’t there.

    Guess maybe I should start watching “Top Gear.”

  • kayakgrrl

    A BMW once tried to bite me. Not nice. (I love the photos…)

  • eram

    Did you have to use your BUTT PILLOW while driving this BMW? :)

    My husband is obsessed w/ Top Gear too.

  • PunkinP

    I loooooove Top Gear!! I laugh my ass off watching that show. Glad you guys had(mostly) fun in L.A. I probably saw you zoom by at some point.

  • Gwenevere

    I’ll laugh to that! and bring me another!

    Oh and all those pictures prove is that in order to have sweet pictures, you must first have a SWEET photographer, the camera doesn’t even matter. No way did you do all that in post. No way!

  • aphoenix

    You were in Century City! If you’re there again for business, I work at the only LA museum dedicated to photography, the Annenberg Space for Photography, which is 1) free and 2) located in that grassy pavilion right between CAA and the two Century Park Towers.

    Sorry for the plug, but it is an amazing place, and seriously, how much of a plug can it be if it’s FREE? Actually, anyone who sees this and comes, ask for Abby — I’d love to meet other local Dooce-readers!

  • bopperbop

    You should come visit us in Germany where they have MANY BMWs and NO speed limits on many parts of the Autobahn (Highway)! When I moved here I learned the whole shifty-manual-clutchy thing but quickly abandoned it for an automatic car!

  • Wombat Central

    Love the pics–especially the close-up flowers right after the palm trees.

    I have that manual shift option in my Highlander. I’ve never used it. Of course, they’re pretty good at accelerating all by themselves…

  • tallnoe

    I have always wanted to use that M button, on cars I’ve driven, but I’m confused about it. So, I just drive automatic instead. I’ve driven stick before, and even had a stick in LA. before I was rear-ended.
    It was a biznatch to drive on the freeways in SoCal in a stick shift!!

    So now I’m boring and have an automatic.

    Glad you got to enjoy good weather! It’s even better today!! Lovely pictures too!

  • raineboyd

    Top Gear is, by far, the most watched show in our house. Kudos. No worries, all I pay attention to is the witty commentary and cinematography.

    The pictures turned out awesome…thumbs up, iPhone.

  • spike

    Top Gear rocks. The BBC version though. BBC Canada edits it down to fit into a shorter window. Some segments that are part of the opening aren’t actually in the episode. Infuriating.

    Does Jon envision himself as The Stig?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4duCdpsDRc

  • SMK1126

    LOVE the pictures Heather! Except, where is the GEORGE CLOONEY(!) of butt-pillows?

    May I suggest Chuck balancing it on that head of his?

  • MJBUtah

    Top Gear is a big deal in my house too. I’m the Andretti in our family. I can make it from Ogden to Wendover almost an hour faster than my husband when he drives.

  • austinmomof7

    In 13 years, I have never driven a car without a carseat or two strapped in, stale french fries and old m&m’s littering the floor, and the pungent aroma of boy comingling with soured milk. I am sad. And pathetic.

  • NoNeinNyet

    Top Gear is fantastic. I know almost nothing about cars but I’m a ridiculous anglophile so it makes me very happy. Top Gear has made me want to experience driving a BMW 3 Series even though I know I would go through a similar “but what if I’m not good at it” thing.

  • poopinginpeace

    We do take the weather for granted here in L.A. I hate to say it, but I do get sick of it being hot and sunny all the time. I know, I know. I do appreciate it more a little bit this past week, because it has been rainier and chillier here than usual, so I am excited for the warm sunny weather. On another note, TV show or movie? I know that’s what you had to be here for. I’m going to go ahead and assume the powers that be here in Hollywood have something in the works based on your life. Can’t wait until you can talk about it! My only question is, who’s going to play you??
    -Kristi

  • d3 voiceworks

    don’t hate me for my sweet ride: a 2000 subaru legacy brighton wagon. rust, too!

    also, without snow and differing weather patterns, there would be no winter sporting. (and thus, no broken tailbone, but still …)

  • yennit

    All those pix and none of the Beemer? Dang.

  • linuxchik

    does anybody know HOW top gear shoots and edits their show? i mean, do they do multiple takes with cameras along the road, or get it all in one take? it blows my mind!

  • twodoghouse

    Oh Heather, I love you guys. I’m sending this to my husband because he may or may not have a thing for “Top Gear” and fast cars.

  • agablack

    Heather, I know it’s not easy to be ALWAYS funny, even when one’s naturally gifted like you are, but, girl, did you just make me laugh! As in LOL. Awesome.
    Btw, I was bummed you didn’t make any public appearances (as in meant for the public) while here in LA. I was hoping to shake your palm and all. Cheers!

  • Tinkquilts

    Sounds just like something my husband would want to do ~ but me, no way ~ no how!

  • joypeters

    this is my favorite app too! as a photographer, i shiver to think of the day that this kind of adjustment will be available to the public at a .99 push of the button.

  • Curiosity

    My husband has the same thing for fast computers. I have never yet tried pushing the m key, with or without using shift, but I imagine the results would be somewhat less hilarious than yours.

  • LoJo

    That is my absolute favorite iPhone photo editing tool… love seeing your pictures around LA!!

  • It Only Gets Better

    I just want you to know that you make me think about photography in a completely different way than anyone else. Thanks!

  • LizinVa

    So did this trip to LA have anything to do with the sitcom starring John Larroquette that you mentioned a few years ago?

    And about that twitter party…where are the donettes and cigarettes?

  • foodandscience

    Beautiful weather…. oops and an earthquake. Oh yeah, the earthquake at 4 am this morning that you missed!! Jolted me out of bed and my poor darling french bulldog started a ruckus barking and she never barks. How am I supposed to sleep after that? Gotta love LA!

  • ekp

    You didn’t take any pictures of the BMW?!?! I think my head just exploded like Leta’s. I was so hopeful through the entire post that there would be a picture at the end.

    However, props to you guys (Jon) for renting a BMW!

  • Jacquie

    You must have been very popular among the Friday afternoon LA drivers. I hope you hollered a few “gal dang” expletives when you kicked that durn tire.

  • stealthnerd

    My mom got a 3 series a few years ago and I only just barely figured out how to drive it recently. It is super grabby on the gas pedal. If you really want to learn how to drive one quickly, try finding out your mom has a detached retina and needs emergency eye surgery. After hearing that, I named the car Lola and figured we’d better as heck get to bonding since I was the only one in the house with working eyes.

  • gretchie

    Ok. You’ve seen every episode of Top Gear. So you saw the Miami episode. I actually bought a used cop car from the dealership where the owner was packing heat. I was like, HONEY, YOU GOTTA SEE THIS!! ENGLAND KNOWS ABOUT THE COP CAR PLACE!!! So exciting!

  • yakygirl

    Picture #10 is in Westchester on Sepulveda, yes? I’m there all the time. Can’t believe I may have seen you and Jon driving on Sepulveda! Squeee!

  • barbara

    Love the photos. It’s hard to believe they were taken with your phone. I guess it goes to show you that a talented photographer can take a photo with anything!

  • twhitten

    I wouldn’t a last second. My husband even breaks 1 second too late and I’m all GOD Chris did you SEE the car in front of us, I have now whittled him down to a 5 mile below the speed limit driver.. ha-ha.

    http://youhavetoeatdirt.wordpress.com/2010/03/16/the-precautions-of-being-precautious/

  • owithrow

    Dude, seriously? You know you are a great photographer when you take pics like that with your iPhone. LOVE THEM ALL!

    The car sounds fun but I would have never driven it. You’re awesome!

  • suzanne

    LOVE Top Gear! My husband works at a BMW dealership so I am driving one. Heather, whatchoo need, girl, is a 5 series – it has just the regular center stick which automatic transmission, but you can hit it to the left and it turns to DS which is SPORT mode! You don’t have to change gears, it’s still automatic but it is PEPPY AS HELL! It will put your head into the headrest definitely. I have to share one of my recent Facebook posts because it is related and note how I sound like Heather LOL:

    So we’re in the car and there’s a good bit of traffic so I whipped it over to sport mode and pulled out for my left turn a little fast, then apologized to my back seaters for not giving them any warning. Garrett(9): that’s ok, I was holding on. Lucy Claire (6): I wish I’d put my hands up!

    Yeah, I think I’m in trouble.

  • HeckYes

    Seven years, that’s it? I’ve lived in Utah my whole life!!! Can you even imagine?!? Sorry, it’s not your fault. But this explains why I’m teetering perilously close to a nervous breakdown. Luckily I booked a trip to Florida for next week, so hopefully I can make it until then (fingers crossed).

    Anyway, your pictures are awesome! I’m glad you had a good time, you deserve it!

  • WVKay

    Life is good!! Y’all enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

  • Emry

    I would have totally gone for the MOST PEOPLE USE THIS ONE button. Actually, I probably wouldn’t have even driven the car, certainly not in LA. I’m from the country, too, complete with plows and horses, and the one time I was in LA I vowed that I would never, ever get behind the wheel of a car there.

  • theallisonwonderland

    I would very much appreciate that hug since it gets a little old.

    I don’t mind what I’m make. I’m 27 and I can afford the classy Mac and Cheese over Top Raman. Which means “I’m making it” in twenty-something speak.

    The problem is the overwhelming sadness that I have no earning potential.

    No raise for good work.
    No commision for awesomeness.
    No bonus. Not never.

    That’s the sad part.

    But I’d take the hug. And at least the reassuring “we know you deserve better” pat.

    I would also take the 3 series if the hug was unavailable.

    xoxo.
    Susie

  • Daily Cup of Jo

    So you were the crazy bitch in front of me on Crescent Heights! Wow, I don’t even know you and I just called you a bitch. I’m sorry.

    Yeah, the grass is always greener. I’d rather have a snowy winter and appreciate spring than all this damn sunshine. But I’ll admit, it’s beautiful. If it wasn’t for the earth shaking.

  • Leslie_Yum

    I’m also rather Type A, and so is my boyfriend. Because of this I will frequently try to intimidate him by telling him stories (lies) about the things I’ve accomplished so that he WON’T challenge me. I hate losing…

  • 7LostNana

    … :O !!! We just have plain old Manual drive, in Italy…I had some troubles getting on to the automatic one in Japan. The idea I couldn’t fully control the motor made me nervous.

  • Trish has 3 girls

    What was the “S” for? I would think Standard, but isn’t standard the same as Manual? Help a girl out. It’s going to drive me nuts.

    http://www.3kidsandabreakdown.com/

  • commspro

    Jon shaved?

  • luv and kiwi

    sigh you make la sound so cool…as i sit here in the valley loathing the hot weather

  • sgigs

    I love LA. Thanks for bringing a bit of it into my day.

  • Kaydub8

    Just wanted to say re the LA thing that Taylor Schilling (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2279940/) needs to play you. Talk about a twin!