Gotham City

Thoughts during a visit to New York City:

–United has the easiest WiFi to sign up for, though it’s hard to beat Southwest’s price of free.

–The taxi line at LGA is measured by how many baggage claims it passes. Amazing that the planners of the beautiful new Terminal B couldn’t ensure quicker taxi service.

–A hotel without a plastic laundry bag is a substandard hotel. Thankfully, The Lexington delivered.

–Touring the 86th and 102nd floors of the Empire State Building is interesting, but the World Trade Center observatory experience is better.

L. A. Confidential

Thoughts from a quick jaunt to the Southland:

— The Australian filet mignon at CUT inside the Beverly Wilshire is outstanding, justifying its high price. The service, as always, is impeccable.

–Manhattan Beach is always a treat, with big waves, beach volleyball and great restaurants. The blackened chicken sandwich at the Shellback Tavern is superb, and it’s a great place to watch sports.

— USC football is back, but the size of the crowd at the win over Washington State was disappointing.

— Breakast at S.A.L.T. at the Marina Del Rey Hotel continues to impress.