I’ve coincidentally had two back-to-back consulting gigs in the Los Angeles area. People tend to romanticize Hollywood, but I tend to see the more mundane. No movie stars for me, just more office buildings with views like this.
Actually, the picture is informative, because studio sound stages take a fair bid of space, and the mountains in the back tend to soak up a lot of the traffic noise from freeways.
Admittedly, the weather is nicer than Toronto. I have been seeing Ben and his family on these visits, but not on every trip, because it would take at least an hour in rush hour traffic to get over to his place, and they have the usual dual-career-plus-kids commitments that we all do.