On Monday, I took the Amtrak from LA to San Diego for a court appearance. One would think that a train ride through Southern California would be scenic, but it's not until you get to the southern reaches of Orange County that the train tracks start running past the type of beach-and-surf panoramas for which SoCal is famous. Headed south from Los Angeles, the train runs through gritty, grafitti-filled industrial areas (the "wrong side of the tracks" you keep hearing about); then zips past one trailer park after another.
One choice bit of scenery: just north of San Diego, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey train passed by, complete with animal cages. Visions of "Dumbo" and "The Greatest Show on Earth" filled my head.