Unlike some car washes that employ potentially abrasive brushes and cloths, Monterey Car Wash liberates locomotives from filth and grime using only soft, lamb's wool mitts that won't mar the paint finish. Most services are designed to get cars clean, dry, and back at their cubicles in about 20 minutes, while still ensuring every auto is thoroughly wiped from window to wheel rim. Always keeping customer comfort a topmost priority, the car wash offers both a shaded outdoor seating area as well as an air-conditioned gift shop stocked with cards and appropriate gifts for hard-to-shop-for valet attendants. Monterey Car Wash helps cars to gleam every day of the week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Specialists at Tirexperts' network of independent tire dealers fit customers’ cars with durable treads from brands such as Dunlop, Kumho, and Summit. Oil changes and other maintenance services help to lengthen engines' life spans, and shock and strut maintenance can help enhance steering response, stability, and smoothness on bumpy rides atop roads paved in lychee fruit.
Metrolink's efficient, dependable rail service threads through a total of six SoCal counties, sending out seven raily runners to connect its network of 55 stations. Venture from Ventura County to North San Diego and all stops in between with a one-day pass, which gives the bearer unlimited access to trains and one complimentary rooftop brawl. Metrolink's comfortable double deckers satisfy latent older-sibling impulses to claim the top bunk. Due to yuletide shenanigans, there will be limited service on December 24–25, 31, and January 1, so read up on holiday service changes here; if you plan to ride on the 18th or 19th, watch out for the Holiday Toy Express, which steams in from the North Pole every year to drop off unwanted elves.
Photographer Stuart Townsley uses a trained eye and high-tech equipment to capture memories into frameworthy prints and digital art, using 10 of LA's most attractive landmarks as backdrops. The famed local sites where he sets up camp—such as the roaring Pacific Ocean under Santa Monica Pier or the 1930s architecture and picturesque fountain of Union Station—elegantly complement subjects' smiling visages. His shutter snaps hundreds of times during each photo shoot, immortalizing the faces, poses, and secret handshakes of families and well-behaved pets. Well-versed in state-of-the-art retouching gear, Stuart unfurls his astutely edited creations onto glossy prints, canvases, and online albums.
Stuart's advice on what to wear and bring to shoots, garnered through 12 years of professional experience, conveniently resides online to aid in the selection of appropriate outfits for every mother, father, child, or hamster.