Sunday, October 22, 2006

Where to be begin.... - Tia

I have been in LA for exactly 2 weeks today. And and already I've learned so much.

I figure at some point I will go into greater detail about the trip out here and all of that jazz but for now a brief list of things since I've been here.

1. The 405 will make you want to hurt yourself or hurt others.
- There is always traffic on the 405 no matter the time of day. The other day it took me an hour and a half to go less than 15 miles. I seriously thought that I was going to die on the freeway. Now I know why some people call them parkways.

2. People here do not have the southern hospitality that I'm used to.
- I'm a southern girl. Always have been, always will be. And there is something about the congeniality of the south that I have, until the last 2 weeks, taken for granted. There is something about a friendly smile from a neighbor, an "excuse me" from someone who walks in your path or a "good morning" from a co-worker in the elevator. I'm seriously going to miss that.
I have spoken to my neighbor 3 times and he never speaks back. All I have to say is don't let any of his mail end up over here.

3. It does rain in southern California.
-...but it doesn't rain a lot. It rained a week ago last Thursday. It has been 85 and sunny ever since. I LOVE it.

4. There are no left turn arrows at any of the intersections.
- Okay this is not entirely true. I can think of 2 intersections where I have seen a left turn arrow. Other than that it's a race against time and oncoming traffic if you want to turn left. Without fail at least 3 people will run the light on the red. But I'm learning there is seriously no other way to do it.
My friend Rusty saw a really bad accident on Sunset. A man in a cargo truck ran the red trying to make a left hand turn and slammed into car that had the green. The car spun out of control and slammed (and from what Rusty said) and was wrapped around a telephone pole. Remarkably the driver of the car got out and walked away. Now see if there had been a left arrow this probably could have been avoided.

5. Roscoes Chicken and Waffles is seriously manna from heaven.
I gotta give a shout out and a great big thank you to my friend Linda for taking me to Roscoe's last week. I was all kinds of homesick and she made me feel okay about being here. It's good to have friends like that.
If you're ever in LA you must must must got to Roscoe's. Do not wrinkle your nose that the combination until you've had it. It is soooooo good.

I have a lot more but I have to go to bed. I have to get up at the crack of dawn to catch the train. I must find a new job if for no other reason but so I don't have to commute so far.


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