Los Angeles, Calif.
May 4, 1938
Dear Folks at Home,
We arrived in L.A. after a fine trip aboard the train. Ken met us at the station at 8:35 A.M. and proceeded to show us around.
The trip was very uneventful. All the first day we traveled over desert and lousy scenery. Went to sleep about 7:30 P.M. and woke up just as we were pulling out of Las Vegas at 9:50. After we passed L. Vegas there was nothing else to see until day light so we slept again until 4:30 A.M. It was then light enough that we sat up and began to take notice of a little better scenery. I was very pleased with the flood scenes, orange and grapefruit groves, and the palm trees. They were all very beautiful. The train-ride was quite tiresome but not bad. Neither of us got the least bit train sick.
It is now 2:00 P.M. Ken went on work at 1:00 and works until 4:00 P.M. (a period of three hours each afternoon) so he has plenty of time to show us around. He has a '35 model Oldsmobile, quite a nice car.
This afternoon we are going after our baggage, and then this evening I guess we will spend seeing the lights. (I don't think we'll get "lit" up though.)
There's nothing so swell about this town. Dinky narrow streets, a few "hock" shops, etc. Ogden has all of those things even though it is on a smaller scale. Oh, well. We are enjoying it though. Ken has about everything planned for the next few days. Tomorrow we take in Long Beach. He insists he is taking us and our baggage down to the boat, so that is one worry over with.
Tomorrow night we are going to travel Hollywood looking around. Ken just got back from Stockton last nite. He went up there with a couple of fellows, thinking he could get a job. No luck.
They say everyone is fine around. Aunt Em is looking swell, ..young and pretty as ever. Song is working K. said, but I don't know where.
Well, that about covers everything. I'll write again either Sat. or Sunday, and then again on the boat. If you write when you get this, your letter may make this boat. If you do, address it to me in Tahiti and I'll get it when I land. I hope you can read this writing but it seems as though I am always in a hurry. Ken expects us back to the stand at 4:00. I could surely get lost here easily. Not for long though, 'cause I know which street car to catch.
Write soon. As ever, Love to all, Dean