Well, I don't know what the deal is with owning a car in L.A. because I don't live there. Neither do I make a pitstop there in any of my destinations. But the one thing I know, the subway is indeed a messy transit system and you have to really "master" it before you can get to your destination on time. I have heard of stories from friends of mine who could get "lost" the entire day! And I don't get it either with not owning a car and not being able to write jokes. It's not whether or not you could afford one. But it's whether or not you NEED one.