It was sunny and clean today in Los Angeles. Not “warm” but certainly pleasant jacket weather. It’s hard not to say to yourself “life is better out here — greener, cleaner, prettier and less taxing in some respects” when you’ve just come from a cold and windy New York City with garbage scraps strewn over the sidewalk near my Brooklyn building. I’ll always be a New Yorker (or a Parisian or a Roman) in spirit, but I had these thoughts regardless.

Display in foyer of French Quarter restaurant, Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood — Monday, 2.21, 8:20 am.

Menu of Village Idiot on Melrose — Sunday, 2.20, 9:45 pm.