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Generally, when someone comes to visit me, wherever I am, it reawakens my interest in my own city, as I see it for a little while through unjaded eyes.

LA? Part of the culture here is the jadedness. Nothing is new or interesting here anymore. Everything here competes so hard for your attention because it takes a truly gargantuan effort to jar the Angeleno out of their self-absorbed reverie. And of course the marketing deluge just drives us further and deeper into our shells.

And so showing LA to anyone else has become increasingly difficult. Especially as I'm on the eve of leaving, I find everywhere not reasons to appreciate the city, but more and more reasons I can't wait to escape.



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Jun. 13th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC)
That'll change when you leave!
Jun. 13th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)
I almost miss the jadedness of LA people. Its like they're from another planet, where everything is fake but made real by believing in it. I really hope you and lordandre come visit me when you move up here. I'm right by the ocean!
Jun. 13th, 2005 10:20 am (UTC)
But there's so much to DO! I take some visitors to certain kinds of places and others to different places. Touristy places, arty places, gardens, historical, etc. And there's the variety environments - beach, forest, desert, mountains, urban - all w/i a few hours drive. Best yet, some of it's FREE or really inexpensive.

I love living here!

- L.A native.
Jun. 18th, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
LA Native too!
I love LA! I think only "natives" can understand that amongst all the "stuff" that can send the brain into overload; this city is rich in history and remains beautiful despite the outer trappings. To remind me of how magical LA is, periodically, I'll go visit landmarks like La Placita, La Brea tarpits and such. MacArthur Park is a great way to find out tidbits about the city by the "old locals" who still, after some 30 years, play cards in the afternoon. Man, do they have stories to tell.
There is much beauty here among the "ruins" but it takes time to discover them. I have lived here all my life (40 years now) and am still discovering treasures. I love LA and I love California. Earthquakes, traffic, smog, dust, dirt and all!
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