I couldn't remember if your journal was or that post was. What can I say? I'm a slacker ; )
Somewhere (and I think it was in los_angeles
) is a listing of all the different ways that the natives in the area have become a part of the city (for example, Cahuenga and Topanga are names that you and I know well. Cahuenga, IIRC, was the name of a tribe).
It's funny to think about some cities like SLO which came around because of the mission. LA is one of those cities that sort of grew out of the settlers in the area and eventually swallowed up a mission. I had a boss who said that's what worried him about LA; that it seemed to swallow up everything in its path.
Ray Bradbury had a lot to say about it (and I agree) that there's something very magical about the story of Abbot Kinney and the Venice Canals. That actually is a story that affected me in a lot of ways. I have very fond memories of the Santa Monica area.
I posted a while ago about one night
and I were hungry. I picked a direction, drove, and came across a decent 24 hour place. I like Tiny's and all, but it isn't anything approaching some of the good food to be found in LA in the dead of night.
Name a hobby. Name an interest. A cursory google will show you that there are people in LA who are interested and doing cool stuff. The oldest repeater in the world still operates in LA (147.240+). The list goes on.
And yeah, lots of LA is very, very cool and interesting roadway. I still hold that parts of downtown are the model of how traffic should be controlled. There are roads far scarier than 17 in LA. For example, some of the residential roads just off of Sepulveda.
Yet, in all that, you can go places in Van Nuys or San Fernando, park your car on the side of the road, and after a short 20m hike, you'd never know that you're near civilization except for the occasional plane that flies overhead. Anyone who says it's a concrete jungle has 1) never been to New York and 2) never really visited LA.
And in demonstrating the breadth of everything that goes on in LA: I've never been to the Bright Spot. Where's that?