While at the LA Trader’s Expo, I stayed in Arcadia. Now melded into LA, Arcadia used to be its own distinct town on Route 66. I spent one evening walking around and marveling at Arcadia’s most surprising residents: hundreds of wild green parrots. Parrots are not natives of the region and no one knows for sure how they came to roost in Arcadia. Rumors has it that a fire in a pet store decades ago prompted the release of a few parrots and nature took care of the rest.
I also came across an intriguing example of the great melting pot on the Pacific rim: on El Dorado St (a Mexican name), is a drive-in diner (a US thing), featuring bento boxes and sushi (a japanese food).