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Things in Los Angeles I'm Thankful For

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I think many residents of this fine city have a love-hate relationship with it. For everyone person I hear say "I love Los Angeles," Three others chime in "this place is driving me nuts."
I'm as guilty of this as anyone. I love the city but routinely bitch about the lack of snow or wide open spaces (C'mon, I'm from Minnesota. What is Christmas without a foot of snow to contend with? Over the river and through the woods and all that). So, in the spirit of the holiday, here are 5 things about Los Angeles I'm thankful for.

1. Cactus Taco - We could argue forever about the best taco in Los Angeles, but for my money Cactus' carne asada wins out. It's a small shack on Vine, just south of Santa Monica Blvd, and you can't find a better meal for the price (I think they're at $1.25 a piece now). To think I used to consider "Taco Bell" Mexican food. Please forgive me.

2. The Vista - The best "cheap" theater in town. It has an old Hollywood feel and tickets are only 5 bucks for afternoon shows. In an age of $15-a-ticket stadium theaters, it's refreshing to have someone stick with the classic sloped cinema and just pull out every other row of seats to make legroom. Oh, and it has a brief cameo at the beginning of "True Romance".

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3. Disneyland - As a kid growing up overseas, getting to return home to Minnesota was nice, but nothing compared to a trip to Disneyland. That bastion of americana represented everything I missed about the U.S. (because as a child, do you really care about anything more than making it on Space Mountain?). Now I can drive there in about 45 minutes (and yes, I have a season pass).

4 and 5 after the jump...