Monday, March 26, 2012

Barry's Tickets SoCal Offices - Encino Office is One of Five


You may or may not have heard of Barry's Ticket Service. It is a ticket agency located throughout Los Angeles and Orange County and has been around for over twenty-five years. There are dozens of agencies who have managed to master the fascinating the world of the secondary market, but few agencies have discovered the lasting power of Barry's. Not to mention their prominent online presence.
So what is it that sets apart Barry's Tickets from the other agencies? Well, as someone who has been a customer for years and an avid event go-er, I can tell you that it's not just one thing that distinguishes this broker from their competitors. For starters, Barry's is the only agency who stocks actual, physical tickets in their inventory. Other agencies I've tried to become a loyal customer of will sell you a seat in a section and row "range" so to speak, but don't actually have the tickets to sell. So they will have to somehow acquire those tickets for you. That does not always go over so well! You may often find that a set of tickets for the worst seats in the house shows up on your doorstep the day of the event and you've no choice but to just take them.
I've also found Barry's Tickets to be highly selective about their ticket inventory. Rather than just acquiring massive amounts of sub-par seats and selling them for a two-dollar profit, you will find that Barry's actually has a decent inventory of tickets and prices them affordably. It is obvious they are more discriminating in what they decide to buy and sell for their customers.
Barry's tries hard to be accessible to the entire Los Angeles area. They have five offices, including one in Orange County. The Barry's Ticket Service Encino Office is the one that's closest to me. And thank heaven for that because I'd hate to have to drive to their Holiday Inn office, which is downtown, to grab tickets on the day of an event that is in the opposite direction! Located at 16161 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA, it is always a relief that the Encino office is so conveniently located whenever I order tickets that are close to the date of the event, leaving no time for shipping.
I've done both however! I've enjoyed the reliability of Barry's Tickets for so long that I have both had the pleasure of picking up my tickets from the Encino Office as well as having my tickets shipped for me. That is another great thing about Barry's Ticket Service; I've never once had an issue with receiving my tickets. If I order tickets online and want them shipped, I've received my tickets on time without fail. If I would rather pick them up or I order my tickets so close to the event that shipping is not feasible, the Encino office always gets my tickets to their office in a timely manner so I can pick them up, no matter which office actually stocked the tickets I bought.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Train Travel to SoCal is Easy


No matter where you are coming from, train travel to California is an excellent way of getting there in comfort. The Amtrak system has all the schedules from different areas of the country at each station. The information is also available online, so you can figure out which trains you have to take to reach your destination; it's really quite simple. With gas prices being high, this is an alternative to driving that can save you time and money.
If you are traveling a long distance, Amtrak has sleeper cars to allow for overnight trips. Once you get to California, traveling within the state, say between San Diego and LA is easy and cost-effective as well. The right connections are all it takes and they can be found at the train station as well as in Amtrak's brochure which can be ordered online.
Amtrak connects the major train stations up and down the coast, and inland to other parts of the country. Once you are in the Los Angeles area, you'll often ride Metrolink, the regional rail system. This extensive system hits many stations where Amtrak does not stop. Metro Link schedules are available at the train stations.
So Amtrak is the national system and Metrolink is the regional railway in the greater Los Angeles area (Orange County and parts of San Bernardino and Riverside counties included). An alternative to get you to where you are going in San Diego County is train travel aboard the San Diego Coaster. This regional train links North County and San Diego and many people use this mode of transportation for traveling to and from work. In addition, it is a great way to get to San Diego attractions while you are vacationing in California.
Train travel is a much easier way of getting from one destination to the other without the hassle of automobile traffic, and without the security hassles of air travel. If you are from out of state and have traveled to California via airplane or train, continuing on your way using Metrolink or the San Diego Coaster will be convenient. It will also allow you to see more of the sites than if you were driving.
The Coaster's schedule is also available online, so this can be printed out and taken with you if this is the way you are planning to travel. All the destinations as well as route numbers, a map and times the train departs and arrives are available on this schedule; it's really pretty impressive. In some cases the trains have continued to add cars as the number of passengers using the trains have increased dramatically.
The San Diego stations have ticket vending machines that allow you to confirm your destination and purchase the ticket with cash or credit card. If you are not planning on returning the same day, a one-way ticket would be the best choice. This will allow you to purchase a return ticket when you are ready.
There is always the option of flying into one area of California and using train travel to get to your desired destination. This may be what you prefer to do if you have a long way to travel.
When you are ready to take off on your California vacation, you will definitely want to check out Amtrak and the Metrolink and San Diego Coaster trains. Train travel can be a plus when you have a limited amount of time to check out a few things on your vacation.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Los Angeles Tourist Attractions - Top 10 LA Beaches


* Leo Carrillo - Families love this summer-camp-style beach with enough stimulating tide pools, cliff caves, nature trails and great swimming and surfing to tire out even the most hyperactive kids.
* El Matador - This small, remote hideaway is a popular filming location thanks to super-scenic battered rock cliffs and giant boulders, but the surf is wild and clothing is optional ( X-rated action has been observed ).
* Zuma - Two miles of pearly sand with plenty of Halle Berry and Daniel Craig lookalikes emerging from the crystal-clear waves. Mellow swells make for perfect body surfing. Come early on weekends to snag parking.
* Paradise Cove - Brad and Angelina have been photographed strolling along the scenic sands of TV's Rockford Files fame. The water looks lovely but can be quite polluted. Eating at the beach cafe cuts the $25 parking fee down to $3. Walk-ins are $5.
* Will Rogers - Baywatch stars Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff used to bounce along this sandy patch which is now a cruisey gay beach.
* Santa Monica - Wide slab of sand where beach-umbrella-toting families descend like butterfly swarms on weekends to escape the inland heat. Water quality is poor right by the pier but OK a few hundred yards away.
* Venice Beach - Get your freak on at LA's most hipsterific beach paralleled by the Venice Broadwalk. During Sundays drum circle, the bongos reach crecendo and dances turn to silhouettes as the sun dips into the ocean.
* Manhattan Beach - Brassy SoCal beach with a high flirt factor and hardcore surfers hanging by the pier for, like, totally epic waves. Families can check out marine life in the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab & Aquarium.
* Hermosa Beach - Possibly LA's most libidinous beach party with hormone-crazed tight-bods getting their game on over beach volleyball and in the raucous pubs along Pier Ave.
* Malaga Cove - This crescent-shaped, cliff-backed shoreline is the only sandy Palos Verdes beach easily accessible by the hoi polloi. Blends into rocky tide pools and has excellent rolling waves for surfers, but no lifeguards.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Reasons the Los Angeles Kings Are the Most Favorable Match-Up For the San Jose Sharks


In a final weekend of the NHL season that can only be described as "nutty," some teams got the match-up they wanted in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and others did not. I will gladly insert the San Jose Sharks into the "match-up they wanted" category for several reasons.
The Sharks will play the Los Angeles Kings in the 1st round of the NHL Playoffs that will start in San Jose at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
From a distance, the Kings may be the most favorable match-up in the entire Western Conference playoff picture for the Sharks. The Kings were the only team sliding down the conference ladder as of late, and most teams were dying to play them in round 1 despite the young core and solid goal tending the Kings have.
But the NHL playoffs are a different kind of beast, as the Sharks are very well aware of...and reminded of every year.
But in a conference that saw the eighth seed and second seed separated by just eight points, it seems the Sharks lucked out with this draw (as lucky as a match-up in the Western Conference playoffs can get).
4. BEAT LA
As if the HP Pavilion is not loud enough, how do you think it will be when a team from Los Angeles comes to play?
Sure, the Sharks/Kings NorcCal and SoCal rivalry isn't as potent as say a Giants/Dodgers rivalry, but I'm sure the fans in San Jose will make it just that way.
You can be sure to hear the deafening sounds of "Beat LA" ringing throughout the night, and in your mind the next morning. As of right now, any team from L.A. is extremely hated in Northern California after the beating of a Giants fan in L.A. last week sending him into a coma.
You can be certain the fans at The Tank will do their job to make the sure the Kings have an extreme disadvantage in Round 1.
3. The Sharks Are Deeper This Year; Kings Lacking Weapons
This reason stands on more of a broader scale and really applies to the entire playoffs for the Sharks, but it is essential that this point get across against a Kings team that seems to lack weapons as of late.
The Sharks have the usual Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley weapons, as they do every year. They even had a terrific show from Joe Pavelski in last year's playoffs. But this year, the Sharks do not have to completely rely on those original weapons because the Sharks have players that have contributed so much more this season.
I'm talking about ROY candidate Logan Couture, Ryane Clowe, Devin Setoguchi, and even shots in the dark like Torrey Mitchell or Ben Eager. Each have contributed to this team and are responsible for the Sharks resurgence in the second half of this season. They cannot rely on Thornton, Marleau and Heatley because time and time again they have disappointed when the team needs them most.
But the Sharks have never had the back-up weapons that they have this year, which is why it seems that if one player does not produce, then another will. The Kings, on the other hand, seem to lack weapons due to injury, which is why the Kings were a favorable match-up against whoever they played in the first round.
2. Ducks and Predators Are Hot; Blackhawks Are Defending Champs
By process of elimination, the Kings were the most favorable match-up for the Sharks.
Going into the last weekend, the Sharks could have played anybody ranging from the Ducks to the Blackhawks. It has been duly noted that hot teams continue to play hot into the playoffs. That would insinuate the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators as teams you might want to stay away from come playoff time.
The Ducks went 7-3-0 down the stretch of the season, including a domination against the Sharks in the two teams' most recent game against each other.
The Predators went 7-2-1 in their final 10 games and have played in several very close games with the Sharks this season. The Sharks and Predators seem to match-up very well with each other. A good match-up is probably not the most ideal first round opponent the Sharks wanted to face.
The Blackhawks snuck into the NHL playoffs by the skin of their teeth, but make no mistake, this team is not going down easy.
Although, goal tending is a problem, no team ever wants to go up against the defending Stanley Cup winners in the playoffs in the first round. The Canucks will have their hands full in round one.
The Kings, on the other hand, went a respectable 6-4-0 in their final 10 games, but lost three of four down the stretch, including a beat down by the Sharks in their most recent meeting, 6-1.
1. The Kings Are Hurt
Not the best reason, but injuries play such a key role in the NHL playoffs when you have one less weapon on the ice. The Kings' leader in points and assists, Anze Kopitar, has no timetable for his return. A blow for the Kings, as most scoring goes through Kopitar, who tallied 73 points this season.
Another blow: Kings' forward Justin Williams has been sidelined since March 21st with a dislocated shoulder. Although Williams was supposed to be out four weeks, it seems the second-leading point man for the Kings will be returning to the ice earlier than expected and possibly in this series. But Williams will not be 100% and will be wearing a harness on the ice if he does return.
These are arguably the top two offensive players for the Kings, and they will need all they can against a Sharks team that is completely healthy and ready to go.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Do You Live an Active Lifestyle? Then Buying Los Angeles Real Estate is For You


Imagine purchasing a piece of Luxury Real Estate in Los Angeles and moving into a place where the average temperature is 63ºF annually. Wouldn't that be a fantastic place to move your family?
Los Angeles is the second largest city in all of the United States. It is geographically larger than New York City as well as Chicago. There are many freeways to get back and forth from place to place as well as an International Airport for out of state and out of country travel. There is something for everyone in Los Angeles. There is a chance that you could run into your favorite movie star as well as take in a sports event. Los Angeles Real Estate is thriving and the economy is wonderful.
Searching for Property
Once you've visited and have decided this is where you want to move your family you need to make your decision on which community or neighborhood in Los Angeles that is perfect for your family. Look around at numerous houses to give yourself better options in your decision. Try to speak with an attorney, mortgage broker, or real estate agent that you know has your best interest at heart and allow them to help you in making an educated decision.
Questions for Your Mortgage Loan Officer
When you are sitting down with your loan officer you need to discuss openly the qualifications. That is something you need to find out before going any further. Once you find out that you are qualified for the loan, and then discuss the terms of the mortgage and if there are any pay-off penalties. If there is a penalty, you need to find out what it is upfront. Even if you think you understand everything, the smart thing is to ask them to take you through the process step by step to be sure nothing is hidden.
Find out the down payment, interest payments, and closing costs as well upfront. You also need to ask the loan officer if the interest actually goes toward the principle or if it is just an interest-only loan. You should ask if you qualify for a fixed rate mortgage. If you do, things will be a lot easier for you. Inquire as to how much time will elapse between you signing the paperwork and the actual closing on the house.
This will give you a good idea of how much time you have to handle all of your personal business that may slow the process down. The last thing is to be sure you have all your proper documentation before you even go to the place you are loaning the money from. If you have the documentation, your process for the home will be even quicker.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Internet Marketing in Los Angeles Is Vital for Expansion


Internet marketing in Los Angeles California is essential for any company that desires to broaden their online presence in this region. SoCal is notorious for being one of the most competitive markets in the country. However, L.A.has an enormous pool of talented professionals that companies can tap into and take their business to the top.
Internet marketing in Los Angeles California consists of numerous techniques that, when combined, can bolster customer relations and fortify brand recognition. L.A. businesses that learn how to exploit each online marketing strategy are provided opportunities to outrank competitors in search results and become recognized as an industry leader in their chosen niche.
According to the Unemployment Rate and Labor Force, Los Angeles continues to experience unemployment rates of nearly 12 percent. Many unemployed residents are looking for ways to put money in their pocket through the use of Internet businesses.
Additionally, many Orange County companies are turning to Internet marketing to increase sales revenue which will eventually allow them to hire new employees. In essence, online marketing can make a difference for both established companies and unemployed people who need to supplement their income.
Los Angeles is a distinct market partly because this city has achieved worldwide recognition as being a trendsetter. L.A. hosts some of the greatest Internet marketing and blogger conferences in the world. Therefore, consumers automatically expect all L.A.-based businesses to utilize the best and most innovative technology and marketing trends.
It can be challenging to fulfill the expectations of the online community. In order for SoCal business owners to compete with the major players like Northrup Grumman, Walt Disney, and Mercury General Insurance, they must learn everything possible about Internet marketing practices and employ a highly trained marketing team or advertising agency to carry out tasks.
Regardless of whether just starting out in this venue or using online marketing strategies to promote an established business, certain elements must be in place before success will be achieved.
The first step should revolve around becoming educated about the most popular strategies. At present these include: online video marketing, podcasting, article marketing, link building online, local search Los Angeles California, and social media marketing.