Hi I'm VERY HIGH STRUNG RIGHT NOW! I'm a university student near my midterms right now and on my period and I will be going to LA right after my mts end. This trip is kinda like the last thing I need right now since its blowing up in my face. I planned it back in Dec, thinking that I could use a reward after having such a hard semester and so I thought after Mts I can go away and enjoy some sun (I live in Canada so its REALLY REALLY miserable right now). Anyway, my friend and I are going to LA to visit this other friend of ours who lives in Irvine, anyway, the friend I'm leaving Canada with told me to NOT buy these super cheap tickets I saw back in Dec for only 200$ because she says the prices will drop closer ot my departure date, and trust me it did not so we're both shedding out 400$ each for our airfare. I wanted to buy a package with hotels and what not but she said we shoudl just live with our friend in Irvine so I listened to her, but... our friend in Irvine is now telling us to rent a car when we are there because we wouldn't be able to get around etc w/o one and i thought that the frd in Irvine would take us around and put us up and whatever but basically for the sound of it, she's just letting us stay w/ her but she won't be spending alot of time w/ us or telling us how to get around. I have my mts and I really do not have time to plan things and my Canadian friend is doing nothing... All she does is tells ME to email my friend in Irvine, tell me to find the cheap tickets and she basically commands me to do everything. My dad worked for a travel agency but now he's semi retired so I asked him for help (god I hate that) and he's basically being such a jerk about it and saying how I'm in my 20s and I can't take care of anything myself etc etc and how I act all mature and how I have everything in control but in the end all I do is make mistakes and expects my parents to clean up after me. SO I guess I just need some help planning this trip. Should I rent a car or not? I'm really not up for driving and looking for directions, is LA hard to navigate? I know that my friend will be no help in the map department and I know that I will end up having to plan all the routes and stuff. I've looked around and a week's rental is around 150$ but there's also gas and parking. Parking in Hollywood will be killer wouldn't it? And is there any special shopping and sight seeing areas or good clubs or eating places?? I'll be arriving on Feb. 15th afternoon and leaving on the 20th If anyone can make up some sort of trip suggestion, plans for me that would be simply wonderful. I just can't be dealing w/ my MTs and this stupid advanced astronomy assignment and having my friend from Canada breathe down my neck about trip planning and then having my friend in LA telling me how she's uncertain about everything and then my dad saying how im useless and I am a poor planner. Ahhhhhhhhh! I really really really really did not bargain for this when I initially decided to go on this trip (my honey got super mad at me also for leaving during the break, its one of thsoe little things that got blown outta porportions and he threatened to break up w/ me) I'm sorry for making a trip sound like the end of the world just so stressed out and nothing is working out! I just got an email from my friend from LA saying "i think its necessary to rent a car since i dun hav a carrrr >< but ill try to get a car before u guys comeee...i'm still looking for one.. Or i mite juss tell my friends to pik u guys up from airport or is it possible if u guys can rent a car at airport?" what is she saying what are we supposed to do, are we getting picked up or do we have to rent our own cars and get our asses to her apt? Or is she renting a car? I've sent her emails asking very specific questions but she always tells me "maybe this or that" and its like is it this or that pick one!