No wonder Randy Newman loves this place - no matter what happens in the rest of the world, L.A. remains an island unto itself.
At the rental car counter, where the News Tribune in its wisdom had reserved a Saturn vehicle, the clerk tried to pitch mne a yellow Corvette convertile.
"We can put you in that for $75 a day more," he said.
"No, you can't," I said.
No doubt it would have improved my image had anyone I know actually seen me driving that bright yellow beast. But in the current economy, who is paying just over $125 a day to do so?
In Los Angeles, apparently, plenty of folk - the rental car company had a row of more than 25 of them at the reaady.
Oh, there was one other thing - the 'vette had no trunk space.