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8-19-2009 @ 11:33AM
I wouldn't recommend Airborne; they got busted for being a bunch of fakes.Also keep some clean clothes. I'd got one change for each day plus a spare set for accidents. (homeless bums spewing from too much booze, spilt mt. dew because you were too dumb to put the cap back on, etc.)Dress for summer. Cali is hot and indoors is too, so wear loose fitting clothing for summer such as short sleeve shirts and shorts.Leave the cologne at home. You're probably going to stink anyway because of the heat and crowding; it's one less thing to deal with.Same for stick deodorants, get some spray-on ANTIPERSPIRANT (deodorants just cover up the BO, antiperspirants keep you from sweating in that area)Drink lots of water or SUGARED sports drinks. (the sugar helps your body absorb the water) Make sure they are cold or you'll be sick and probably spew.If you start to feel high, weak, or just strange, drink something. Heat exhaustion will make you high (I've learned this one from personal experience).Expect outrageous prices. LA has a very high cost of living.Plan on getting mugged and don't try to go into the actual community if you can avoid it. Don't expect them to be nice and stuff a gun in your face, they will simply jump you, beat the crap outta you, and cut your pockets open for your money.Don't expect the police to help you. LA is famous for riots because the cops suck. You are just another tourist that got mugged and your mugger was just another XXX wearing XXX.Don't carry cash. If you have to carry cash, don't let people see it. Don't withdraw from an ATM is possible, many places offer "cash back", buy a candy bar or Gatorade and get a $20 back. If possible, withdraw as much money from your bank account and LEAVE IT AT HOME, one tactic is to force someone to clean out their account at the ATM.
8-19-2009 @ 11:45AM
@Rika13Most of your "advice" is incorrect, exaggerated, and for a completely different city. Have you ever even been to the Disneyland area?
8-19-2009 @ 11:55AM
Plan on getting mugged? Way to over-dramatize.I'm still not sure which I find more amazing/amuzing - the comments to these "Preparing for Blizzcon" posts, or the posts themselves. I joked last time that the next story would be about how to breathe - looks like I wasn't that far off.
8-19-2009 @ 12:28PM
I don't know what to say, that was really one of the stupidest posts I've read here. Just use common sense and you'll be fine. If you go into a "bad" neighborhood waving $100 bills around there might be trouble. That could happen in LA, in Orange County (which is not LA), in Memphis, in Flint, well...anywhere.
8-19-2009 @ 12:34PM
Um, the Anaheim Convention Center is hardly Compton. In fact, check Wikipedia for Anaheim: "Anaheim ranks as one of the safest cities of its size in the nation. In 2003, Anaheim reported nine murders, 35% of the national average. Robbery (410 reported incidents) and aggravated assault (824 incidents) rank among the highest violent crimes in the city, but even at that, robbery rates are still only half of the national average, and aggravated assaults are at 68% of the average."Do your research before you make wild claims like that. To all going: enjoy your trip!
8-19-2009 @ 12:35PM
I live in a not so great area of Los Angeles and I have to say this is alarmist to the extreme. But BlizzCon is not in L.A. proper. It's in Anaheim, which is kept clean and bright by Disney. Crime is everywhere, of course, but the chances of getting mugged in Anaheim is less than most places in the world. Blizzard chose a very safe place to hold their convention.
8-19-2009 @ 1:09PM
Or even better, have a second, "disposable" account for the daily use, and put a recurring money order to "refill" it from your main account on a weekly basis. And of course, don't take the card for your main account with you. Even if they clean your disposable account, they will never know you got another one.There's some saying about putting too many eggs in one wallet, I believe...
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