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I rarely leave the valley, but following cinco de mayo I was in the grips of a fierce and vile hangover, and in such a state I find that I am vulnerable to dubious suggestions. The San Pedro Fish Market was worth the trip. Much to my surprise, I found out there's a whole lot of weird seafood you can't get from a drive-thru window. You can pick out your fish, and they'll grill the whole goddamn thing for you right then and there. They even leave the heads on, so you can eat the eyeballs, if eating eyeballs happens to be your cup of tea. After much gagging and retching, I have determined eating eyeballs is, in fact, not my cup of tea.
They also have a Love Maine Lobster crane game. It's just like those arcade crane games where you put in quarters and use a crane arm to pick up stuffed animals, except here your picking up live lobsters. It was the greatest arcade game I have ever played. It took me about $30 dollars to figure out it was cheaper to just buy a lobster, but where's the fun in that?
If you want some quality time with the crane game, it's best to go when it's slow. We went on a weeknight, and the place was like a ghost town. The market had seating for 2,000, and on the weekends they need it. The place is stocked to the gills with fat fatties sporting perpetual hard-ons at the thought of a $2 lobster dinner.