Step 1: Grab a camera.  Step 2: Get in a car and drive somewhere for a day. Step 3: Take lots of pictures.

These are some of the most therapeutic activities for me.  Being located in Southern California, you can drive in any direction for an hour or 10 (traffic permitting) and be in a completely different world.  This day, I and a group of friends traveled to Downtown Los Angeles.  We wandered the urine-filled alleys and grimy streets.  We even found ourselves in the legendary Bradbury Building – most notably from Blade Runner.