ask Tracy about
café • yoga • museums • music venues • indoor markets • hiking • botanical garden
What do you do and why do you do it?
I sell residential real estate because it is always interesting, uses all my various prior work & educational experiences, and helps build my community--and because I make a good living from it.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
Telephone soliciting for magazine subscriptions. Isn't this self-explanatory? Okay, I hated feeling like I was taking advantage of nice people.
Were you born and raised in Los Angeles? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Los Angeles?
No. I grew up mostly in Springfield Missouri, then Monterey Ca. I moved here 37 years ago to be with my high school sweetheart and we are still together.
What’s your current hood in Los Angeles and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
Eagle Rock--it's a great location--close to downtown but also close to the mountains. It's full of interesting, fiercely independent people. The worst thing is that we don't have the Gold Line routed through here.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I hate country music. I listen to a lot of different kinds of music--jazz, blues, classical, pop, world, rock'n'roll, soul.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Cry Me a River
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
The Sid Caesar Show, any Bob Newhart show--they were funny. The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents--such interesting points of views--I saw these when I was a kid and remember many of them today. Any of Anthony Bourdain's shows--he has such insight and good taste in the places he goes. He makes even Detroit sound like a foodie destination.
Name some spots in Los Angeles that are good for a Tinder date.
Griffith Observatory, the Chinese gardens at the Huntington. Bestia--if you aren't sure what to talk about because it's impossible to hear in there--but the service and the food are great.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Trump, Hillary Cinton.
Who’s your hero and where in Los Angeles would you take them out for a serious hang?
Dyana Nyad. Walking in the hills around Altadena
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Eileen Fisher, Zappo's, Betabrand, REI
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Take the Metro all over and visit more of our fabulous museums.
Where do you go in Los Angeles for a casual night out?
Colorado Wine Company, Cafe Beaujolais, Colombo's
Where would you go in Los Angeles to celebrate some freaking good news?
Musso and Frank's, The Water Grill.
What’s your choice of transportation in Los Angeles and why?
Walking--because I need to do 10,000 steps a day. My electric car because it's zippy and economical and fun. I would love to take more Metro but don't have the time.
What are the Los Angeles spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The drive the length of Sunset Blvd from where it starts on the East side to where it ends at the ocean. Take the Metro from Union Station to Santa Monica, then the Gold Line Extension from Union Station through East LA, and stop for tamales at Liliana's. Go to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Walk down Hollywood Boulevard from N Sycamore to N Cherokee.
What are the Los Angeles spots tourists should run from screaming?
Pink's Hot Dogs. Disneyland.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Los Angeles. How do you spend it?
On the right day, I'd go bicycle riding along the strand at least through Santa Monica to Venice.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Paris--it's fun just to walk around. There is history, art, culture, architecture, food, wine--something for everyone here. If you make any effort to communicate, the Parisians are lovely and helpful.