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I Love L A...

by Batman (writer), Redondo Beach, CA, June 19, 2008


Sung to the Randy Newman theme, of course....

I've lived here all my life, so, my opinion is probably biased. In fact, I was born in Hollywood, CA, USA probably the most famous suburb of Los Angeles there is. The thing I like about LA is that it's extremely diverse, or to put more simply, just plain big. Of course, this may be a function of the county as opposed to the city itself.

This may be a matter of perspective. I live about ten to fifteen minutes south of LAX depending on which lights I miss, in one of the beach towns. But when I tell someone I meet online where I live, I usually just say, "LA." Of course, their followup question is usually, "What part?" and then I reply as above. Simply because not too many people have heard of, Redondo Beach.

Don't be fooled, I can't just step outside and walk to the beach, although, I wish I could. Actually, it's only about three miles to the coast, so, I'm guessing that if I really wanted to, I could walk to the beach, but it would take time. At which point, I'd be too tired to go swimming, so, my only alternative, beyond crashing on the beach for the inevitable sunburn would be to walk back.

You're probably wondering at this point why I would walk. Have you seen the price of gas lately? And it keeps going up. What people don't understand about LA, is that it's just plain big. Sorta like the giant doorknob. I know I've stated this before, but it bears repeating. Or does it bare repeating? The English language, out of all of them available here, has always been my favorite. Of course, some would argue that we speak American, or USAnian, myself included.

The Lakers fell short the other night, bringing an incredible dream, and season to a close. Onto baseball, and the Dodgers. We can still cheer for the LA Avengers Arena Football team. The Kings had an off year this year, but hockey starts up again in the fall. And almost fifteen years later, we don't really miss the Rams or Raiders as much as we probably should. You can be a sports fan year round in this town.

Sports not your thing? Entertainment can be had in the Entertainment capital of the world, LA. Don't let anyone else tell you different. Despite the runaway production fear of the industry, more movies and TV productions are shot here than anywhere else. Drive down any particular street, on any particluar day, and you can probably find a film crew cranking away at their latest opus.

If you want to see the finished product, there's probably a movie theater or Drive-In near you. (Remember those? They still exist, although, a vanishing breed.) There are 37,000 movie screens in the US, and sometimes, it seems like they're all in LA. If movies aren't your thing, there's the club scene, with standup comedy, jazz, rock, hip hop, etc. catering to your ecclectic needs.

The downtown area is getting a major overhaul, thanks to our resident mayor. One needs only to find a parking space, and checkout the new Nokia theater across from Staples Center, to see what they hope will become a burgeoning city walk experience.

For the gamblers among you, there are no less than five casinos or card rooms in the greater LA area. The Commerce Casino is a mere ten minute drive from the aforementioned Staples Center. Well, you should allow yourself an half hour from there, depending on time of day. And that's the farthest one away from me in Redondo Beach. I consider The Hollywood Park Casino to be my "home court."

There's more to do in the town I love. Like eat. The August issue of, you guessed it, Los Angeles Magazine boasts listings for over 2000 restaurants in the area, of all types of cuisine, and affordability. It might be 3000 by now, it's been awhile since I've read it. I'm really into Chinese food right now, and I'll probably be into it again an hour from now, when I finish it. Again, several within walking distance, unless I stop at the Thai food place before I get there. Or, Italian.

Maybe I should've titled this, "Walkin' in LA," but according to the song, nobody walks in LA. I guess that makes me a nobody :)

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By Edward on June 19, 2008 at 06:44 pm

Cool but where'd you score the smog-free pic?

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By icanluvulongtime on June 20, 2008 at 01:51 am

I absolutly LOVE LA!  In fifth grade we lived in Redondo Beach.  We DID walk to the beach, every day.  That year there was a "Japanese Red Tide" that deposited man-of-war jellyfish all over the ocean.  We would "clear out" and area by dragging them on beach (tenticles flying in the air) and take off into the foam.  We were between 9 and 11 years old and that is how we spent our days, walking to the beach, swimming in the ocean and going home hours later, starving and wiped out.  I have always lived between SanBernadino and Imperial Beach.  I long to have a house on the beach in Malibu or in the hills of Beverly or Hollywood.  It is heaven on earth and when you site the restaurant/food component you have only scratched the surface, but what a surface it is!  :)

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on June 20, 2008 at 04:20 am

i live near manhattan beach and thats the only thing i like about this town. ive been here in L.A. for almost 10 years and i never really seen it.

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