Los Angeles: full week in the mess

Trip Start Jan 08, 2009
Trip End Apr 17, 2009

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Flag of United States  , California
Tuesday, February 3, 2009

So I've been here a week now, the dynamics of this city surge with opportunity, with heat, and with humanity. There exists a sort of undertow of probability that you will see someone who holds inroads on your life, if you let them. In a process of letting news situations take root on me, I find there are more than meet the eye. Concrete canyons and cubbyhole rentable space seems to produce in the LA people a self-preservation of creativity and adaptability. Location here is a difficult thing to pin-point. You are In one neighborhood, but the place is only home to your most pressing needs. The daily goings on take you via bus or freeway to distant city-states within the greater city. The air has been VERY clear by LA standards since I arrived, so my new friends say. We have gone in  Runyon canyon and seen the skyline, walked dogs, and seen a star or two. I am loving the grime, green growth, green availability, and food. Prices are reasonable, and it seems rather equal to live a frugal life here as anywhere else. I love my roommates, they have made this difficult transition to an externalized life easier to make internal or integral to my ways.  I think this city affords what do also New York City, and the other great metropoli of the United States. What is unique to California has to do with passivity toward substance use in general, and what seems to me an attitude of free help for those in on your block. Whatever. I love this city, and these people. I will feel a sense of loss when I leave, though I feel also a new hope that wonderful people are around the corner from Osaka, to Tokyo, to Los Angeles, College Station TX, Austin, and Edwards MS and Jackson. In other words, there are tremendously generous and wonderfully pleasant people camping out in every city of the globe. We live in a friendly world, made less so by aggravated idealogical battles. That being said, I should conclude htat my personal politics and ideals are not in sync with much of this place, but to create a battle would underscore dissonance as more important than showing love and sharing thoughts. I agreeably disagree sometimes, but show the persons I am close to love and willingness to help where  I can, be generous, and accept a moderate amount of generousity in return. Lastly, for now, I have posted the dot at the exact address of the home I am staying in. The apartment on Lemoyne. You will notice we are a part of the Echo Park part of, sort of, downtown LA. The park is about 100yards away with a large pond great for walking animals and seeing a bit of the sky and opening. China Town is down Sunset a bit, and Little Tokyo, and Pico Blvd. takes you all the way out to Venice and Santa Monica. God Bless ya'll...
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