That’s the full name of Los Angeles, btw.
I’ve lived here for a year and a half now, and have worked here for 2 ½ years, so it’s about time I say something, anything, about L.A. This occurred to me while eating Jamaican food at an authentic little Jamaican restaurant, with a Jamaican friend of mine, just down the street a ways from my house, on my lunch break.
I LOVE the cultural diversity. My work is the most diverse environment I have ever been in. I feel like I have been deprived of an incredibly enjoyable cultural experience up until now. The only way I could get any more soaked in other cultures is to actually live in another country.
I like that there are a huge amount of art museums I can go visit within a twenty minute drive from my house.
In fact, downtown L.A. is less than twenty minutes from my house. I would love to learn to grocery shop there. That would take a while, but it would be worth it.
Believe it or not, I love that I have a view of airplanes getting ready to land, from my bedroom window.
My favorite tea house is twenty minutes away, at the most.
I love the beach at Rancho Palos Verdes.
It’s still only an hour north of my beloved siblings.
It’s an hour closer to the bay area than I was living before. I like that, especially since Asia is moving there.
I can meet up with Sandra when she comes into town to do an audition or a gig.
Venice Beach is right here.
The garment district: twenty minutes away.
The shopping is insane.
Steph and Aimee live here too.
There’s a subway station right down the street that takes you to downtown L.A., Hollywood, Pasadena, and the Valley.
I probably wouldn’t have found out how much I love Korean food, had it not been for simultaneously living with two Koreans, and working with a handful of Koreans.
There is a huge amount of stimulation for any artistic person here.
That’s not to say that I’m in love with L.A., or that I plan on being here forever. It’s just that I was in OC for fifteen years, and before that, Joshua Tree for seventeen years. So I’m glad I get to experience a new place for a while. If Asia ends up staying in the Bay Area, I will seriously consider moving there.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m organizing my beach gear for my next trip to Orange County.