Had a state bar meeting on the west side at 7:30 a.m. (arrgghh), so was faced with the prospect of driving downtown in the rain at 8:45 am. Decided to take surface streets (more interesting, and probably faster) which just so happened to take me by Primo's Westdale Donuts (2918 Sawtelle Blvd., at National,(310) 478-6930). Stopped in and picked up some fresh, warm, glazed buttermilk bars. (I think some people call these "old fashions".) I know it's been said here before, but really, these things are just fantastic, particularly when they're still warm from the fryer. (Almost exactly like the ones they used to make at Arlene's at the corner of Santa Monica and Bundy, before they turned into a Starbucks.) Sweet, moist, crispy, and with that hint of coconut which I assume comes from the frying oil. So, I'm driving down Venice Blvd., in the rain, with a warm buttermilk donut in hand and a cup of coffee in the cup holder, and it hits me that sometimes life is absolutely perfect.