When I was a little girl, one of my favorite class trips was to the planetarium. I loved laying back and looking at the stars and planets and imagining all the possibilities for other life out there. My dad worked for NASA, and designed radiation shields and such for spacecraft, so talk about the cosmos was common in my house. Sooooo, it was with great anticipation that I’ve been looking forward to the re-opening on November 3rd of the Griffith Observatory. One major irritation though, is that they are charging $8 per head to park at either the LA Zoo or Hollywood and Highland (another $2-10) and then be shuttled up. Oh! And forget about spontaneously viewing the city from the parking lot, you now have to make a reservation just to get up there. It’s a beautiful city landmark…. one of my first LA memories is driving up there and looking out over the vast sparkling city, but they sure aren’t making it user friendly this time around.