Being in the sunshine state, baby. Tacos everywhere - being this close to the Mexican border has massive perks. Big sunglasses, big cars, big shops, big wallets. It is totally acceptable to brunch at any time of the day. Venice Beach - it's like Camden High Street on the coast, with rollerblades and body builders chucked in. California girls, they're unforgettable.
You NEED a convertible. There is no alternative. Power walkers can be dangerous. You really can't climb the Hollywood sign, no matter what they did in The OC. There are traffic lights on every. Single. Block.