The economy sucks right now. I haven't heard a word from my Pimp in more than two weeks. So if you're in the same boat as I am and you need to find ways to fill your day, here are a few ideas that are fun and cheap.
Getty Museum -- ($10 for parking; Free admission) -- Los Angeles will never be confused with the cultural capitals of the world. But the Getty does its part to help you forget, if only for a moment, that the most creative thing this town offers today is a cheap remake of Fatal Attraction. Sure there are parts of the Getty that make a Roy Lichtenstein look like a Renoir (still photos of donuts are not art), but the Getty is an amazing facility with great views and fantastic art. So shove a bunch of your unemployed friends into your Jetta and spend the day feeling culturally superior.
Griffith Park Observatory -- (Free admission) -- Yes. I know they filmed the pivotal scene for Rebel Without a Cause there. And yes, I know that that the movie's three main characters died young and under strange circumstances. But for a moment, let's pretend there are things that might just happen outside Hollywood. For example, the Solar System. The Observatory reopened in 2006 after a $93 million renovation, so there's tons of stuff to see including a statue of James Dean and...errr...well, just go look.
Scrabble Group -- (Free) -- Get your ass beat soundly by the Janette, the 89 year-old hostess, as she plunks down words like "illapse" (v. to fall or glide) and "mewling" (v. to cry weakly). Or play Temp X and you'll win. Either way, it's fun way to work off your hangover. The next two sessions are 5/9 and 6/13 from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Los Feliz Branch Library, 1874 Hillhurst Ave. Bring your own board and tiles.