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Ben Yamiin
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Journey to the End of the Night Los Angeles by Ben Yamiin

July 18th, 2008 11:37 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: Prepare for Adventure!

The city spreads out before you. Rushing from point to point, lit by the slow strobe of fluorescent buses and dark streets. Stumbling into situations for a stranger's signature. Fleeing unknown pursuers, breathing hard, admiring the landscape and the multitude of worlds hidden in it.

For one night, drop your relations, your work and leisure activities, and all your usual motives for movement and action, and let yourself be drawn by the attractions of the chase and the encounters you find there.

A thrilling pursuit through the heart of Hollywoodland. No skates, no bikes, no cars; just your own two feet and public transportation. Bring some water, possibly a camera, and comfortable shoes (or maybe no shoes) - leave everything else at home.

If you're participating in the El Lay Journey, in any way, be it as Chaser, Runner, or Check Point Volunteer please tell us your story.

Yes, please, take lots of pictures, or draw some, if you have no camera. Tell us your tale of adventure, be as detailed as you can.

Tell us your impressions of the route, the people you meet, and your perceptions of the city.

Journey to the End of Los Angeles*

The Pre-Journey

Loki, Lowteck, Lank and I made a raiding party in Lowteck's method of transportation to invade Los Angeles. We piled into the station wagon and rolled on down central California, with a pit stop at le Taco Bell for nourishment. Upon entering the fair city, we split up, for nefarious planning purposes. Unfortunately, Lank's nefarious planning resulted in him needing to attend some sort of "award show" where he was to receive some sort of "award". All bumpkis, if you ask me.
I was held up by the lovely Nancy, who provided me with a remarkably comfortable couchspace and womanpower over at point 5.

The Journey

When I arrived at our arranged meeting point, it became quite clear that my skills would be most useful as a chaser, rather than a runner. What helped this was that I was decked out in a stunningly large amount of red accessories, which actually was completely coincidental.
So I put on my red armband and took off with another chaser to stake out somewhere.

After some consideration, I removed all of the red paraphernalia from my body (minus, of course, my armband). This proved quite effective - the runners were looking for my bright red suspenders. I ended up telling them that all of this was on purpose. Yes...all on purpose.

We parked by point 3 (the Hollywood Forever cemetery) and he trekked up to point 1 (Capitol Records Building) while I moseyed over to point 2 (Grauman's Chinese Theater). Unfortunately, I had overestimated the speed of the runners and ended up beating not only the runners, but the checkpointman (Tom O'Tillo) hadn't even arrived. This fact was actually not immediately apparent due to the fact that there were actually 3 pirates already in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater.

I worked my way to point 1 when I got a call from one of the other chasers, Lord Bojangles Winston-Jones. Using his superpower (form of...bicycle!) he was able to capture one of the runners (hereafter Theresa). Due to her not being equipped with bicycle superpowers, he dropped her off with me, and we quickly decided that we'd make it our mission to capture one Nazzo Tinerlen. I suspect there might have been something inspiring this vendetta...

So Mr. Tinerlen's prowess was already known amongst the chasers; he was able to actually outrun Lord Bojangles. Due to this, Theresa and I decided we needed to refuel. We called up Mr. Tinerlen and agreed to meet in the safe zone around point 2 for nourishment. I got fudge.

Afternosh, we realized that we might have greater success getting on the Metro and heading straight for point 4. We ended up meeting another chaser along the way (who's name I've forgotten - help?). The three of us decided to stake out Barnsdall park, and when we met up with the Check Pointers, we learned that no runner had yet made it there.

After a long, boring, yet somehow nerve-wracking stakeout, we were walking through a parking lot bordering the park. We spotted Nazzo's trademark red hat, which we were told he'd never leave behind anywhere, and gave chase. "There he is! Get him!" It turned out to be a decoy; Peter Garnett had sacrificed himself so that Nazzo might live. But just up ahead, Nazzo Tinerlen was still in the lot and my companion gave chase. When my companion ran out of breath and slowed down next to a car, Nazzo slowed as well, to look back and see me, still at full capacity. I cried out. He started running. He turned a corner. I turned the corner. He was gone. I looked all over, couldn't find him. I yelled out "He's disappeared!" As I turned around, he popped out from behind a car and started sprinting away. I got within two meters of him when he slipped into an open door in a parking garage and slammed it shut behind him. They only open from the inside. Much swearing was had.

We tried to surround the building, but it proved fruitless. He was far too crafty and the building had far too many exits.

While scoping out the building, I ended up coming across Tac Haberdash and Rev. Odyssius K. Thwackinbusch. I gave chase, and a fine one, considering my windedness from my previous pursuit. I got fairly close, and they were tiring, but they bounded up into the garden around the medical center and I lost them. My consolation was that apparently, while they were hiding, they almost fell into something marked "Danger: Poison". Which means I almost killed them. Is this a designated player-killing zone?

I'm afraid that there were no other exciting chases after this point. We got down to point 5, then hunted around for a bit before finally settling in to the party at the finish line.

*Sorry for the lack of documentation - SOMEBODY forgot to bring their camera -> (me)

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So that's what happened!
posted by Waldo Cheerio on July 19th, 2008 1:39 AM

I was there and I am still piecing this all together. I had not heard about either the Nazzo stake-out and subterfuge, nor how it was you ended up on Tac's tail as well. Fantastic job on the suspender trick, at a distance I was even convinced you were a runner when we ran into each other at checkpoint 5.

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on July 19th, 2008 9:25 AM

Though undocumented, that is indeed a player killing zone.

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posted by Myrna Minx on July 19th, 2008 4:02 PM

the Nazzo story is great, and you're adorable.

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posted by Tac Haberdash on July 20th, 2008 12:50 AM

The other runner was Rev. Odyssius Thwackinbusch, and you gave us quite a scare. Well run. I kept expecting to see you, because we had talked a bit before the event started. And despite that, you managed to show up when I least expected it.

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posted by Sparrows Fall on July 20th, 2008 8:27 AM

This is fantastic! Yay for chaser stories!

Also, I love it when someone posts praxis for a Journey and several other participants can suddenly piece together a clearer explanation for their own experience...

I also love this:

This fact was actually not immediately apparent due to the fact that there were actually 3 pirates already in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater.

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posted by Loki on July 21st, 2008 1:44 AM

Glad you were among us, and nice to fill my own picture of the evening with a story that I hadn't heard before.

ps. I guess it's up to Lowteck to mention the astonishing (and nearly edible) new food product that Lank discovered mid-trip.

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posted by Ben Yamiin on July 21st, 2008 1:49 PM

Oh my, how could i have forgotten!

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posted by Jellybean of Thark on July 21st, 2008 1:53 PM

Hey what?