16 March 2006

For my amusement

We were driving home from dinner last week and in the course of conversation, I mentioned something I'd experienced in LA that was cool.

From the back seat, Mom said, "It sounds great. You should really move out there and give it a shot."

There was a pause while I tried to figure out her tone. Undecided, I said, "I don't even know how to take that."

It was a joke, a gibe, a tease, sarcasm, a dig, an irony-- something in this realm because she knows full well that LA kicked my ass hard, not once, but twice. And yet...

there are still many things I miss about it.

Four Things About Los Angeles

Four Jobs I've Had In My Life in LA:
Stock footage logger
DP (Director of Photography)
1st AC (Assistant Camera)

Four Movies About LA I Could Watch Over And Over:
L.A. Story
Dead Again
Laurel Canyon
Blast from the Past

Four LA-Themed Shows I Love(d) To Watch:
The Closer
Beverly Hills, 90210 - the early years before Shannen Doherty left
Laverne & Shirley - (ok, I preferred it before they moved to Hollywood, but that still counts right?)

Four Places I've Lived All Over L.A. (With Food Memories From Each):
Los Feliz: wimpy burger with fries at Fred 62.
Silverlake Hills: meeting buds at The Astro even though the food was never very good.
North Hollywood: having Zatarain's black beans and rice for the first time.
Santa Monica Hills: lunch at Real Food Daily with the friend who was putting me up at the time.

Four Places I Would Vacation At In LA:
Beverly Hills
West Hollywood

Four LA-Based Websites I Visit Daily
Citizen of the Month
There used to be others, but none of them post daily anymore.

Four Of My Favorite Foods Found In LA:
Pink cloud smoothie, The Juice Fountain in Hollywood on Vine
Stuffed french toast (the version with bananas and honey), Doughboy's on 3rd St.
Chocolate orange sticks, Trader Joe's, Los Feliz
Lebni, zahtar, #14 jack pita, and fava beans; Glendale Ranch Market

Four Places In LA I Would Rather Be Right Now:
Sitting in O's green comfy chair, listening to him catch me up while he fixes something to eat.
Overlooking the city from Griffith Park Observatory.
Brand library, Glendale
Hitting golf balls from the upper tier of the driving range in Griffith Park.

Anyone else who lived in LA but doesn't currently who feels like it.

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  1. Beans, Orange chocolate sticks and Citizen of the month... about the only thing I can relate to here.
    I feel so out of base when you guys talk about LA and exotic sounding places like Los Feliz and Pasadena!
    All your four jobs involve cameras, what do you do?
    Started photography classes a couple of weeks ago and yesterday was my first practice day. Holding this Nikon (not mine) made me shiver!!!


  2. The places aren't exotic really, just names of neighborhoods and cities/towns within Los Angeles County.

    I'm not working in film presently; I'm trying to figure out what I want to do.

    Photography is cool. I hope your classes are fun.

  3. I love L.A. Story. What day is it? What day is it?!?! The "first day of spring/handguns on the 405" lines get replayed by the Sasquatch and me all the time when we drive around DC...

  4. Ah, I used to live in LA, but, gee, I don't quite feel like reminescing about it. Wasn't all that great for me....

  5. Merujo: There is so much goodness in that movie. It still makes me laugh.

    Dan: Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of reasons why I'm not living there now.