I was invited to attend a screening of 'The Men Who Stare At Goats' at The Grove. The Grove is one of the scariest places in Los Angeles. In an attempt to be quaint and small-town, with its cobblestone streets and a double decker tram which runs through the shopping centre, this outdoor shopping abomination is obnoxious and so terrifyingly "Anywheretown, America" that it has absolutely no character at all.

Its one redeeming quality, however, is that if you were ever trapped there, you could survive forever with J. Crew sweaters, Mac computers, Victoria's Secret Beauty make-up, Haagen-Dazs ice cream, Nike running shoes, etc.. If it's a huge brand, The Grove has it and then some. It has outdoor carts, too, which sell everything from cell phones to scarves to children's clothes. And, there are a bunch of overpriced restaurants. You'd think the economy was thriving were you to stand in the middle of The Grove, looking out at all the corporate logos and customers shopping at American Girl, a necessity, of course.

As I stood outside The Grove's movie theatre, I was " treated" to a water fountain show. I am not kidding. There is a water fountain in the middle of The Grove with lights and a choreographed water display set to music. As Frank Sinatra's "It Had To Be You" played on the sound system, accompanying streams of water shooting into the sky, I turned to a guy standing next to me and said, "Is it me or is this whole place horrifying?" He said, "It's not you. This place is truly scary."