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Walkin in WeHo....

by C. Reagan (writer), WEST HOLLYWOOD, August 30, 2006


I have often heard the phrase "People don't come from Los Angeles, people come to Los Angeles". (Check out that Jen Aniston film "Rumor Has It" if you don't believe me). I am one of the many migrators who has made the cross-country trip to the place where dreams come true. Two friends and I quit our fabulous jobs in St. Louis, Missouri,packed up a couple compact vehicles, signed a lease on an overpriced, un-airconditioned apartment in West Hollywood and as they say, the rest is history!!!!

Then three weeks went by.....

While blogging on myspace has led the folk back home to believe I am leading a fabulous lifestyle in Hollywood, the truth is a bit more complicated......

My roommmates and I have gotten used to no AC. The single fan we found shoved on a below-eye-level shelf at Target is great at circulating the air after buring yet another pot of ramen. Shopping on Melrose is simply to die for. Actually, I almost did die after laughing at a transexual hooker on the corner after getting lost waking home from the Beverly Center. Those trannys may look meek, but when confronted, they will attack. Oh, and I got a fabulous job working at the Grove! You know, the Grove, its always featured in those weekly gossip rags. A-list celebs are always scurrying around, trying to blend in with us "normal" people. Too bad my job involves making coffee at Barnes and Noble. Remember, it is NOT a Starbucks, it only serves Starbucks brands and all the pastries and drinks that Starbucks does. The difference is, at Barnes and Noble Cafe, you don't get any of those fabulous benefits that the 'bucks is famous for. Oh, and also, please don't tip, Barnes and Noble Cafe does NOT allow tips.

The upside is that it hasn't rained at all yet. No tornados have ripped through Weho like they ripped through St. Louis a week before our departure. I did fall asleep on Venice Beach for a few hours and I looked like a had that flesh eating virus thing for a couple days. But, let me tell you how great my tan is now, just a couple of weeks later!

The best part about living here is being able to dress up in designer-inspired goods (I actually found a Burberry sock in the alley behind Fred Segal....SCORE), slide on dark, giant framed sunglasses and strut around the streets of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills The key to strutting and demanding attention is to actually believe that you are one of the beautiful people. It's easier to believe the illusion if you picture yourself as some sort of reality TV star instead of, let's say, Ben Affleck or Britney Spears. I like to pretend that I was one of those MTV shows. Any show.

Honestly, despite the complaints, I am having a great time here. I got to attend the "Snakes on a Plane" premier after-party at Holly's. I didn't realize the prestige that passing through the velvet rope there encompassed. Apperently, Paris and Nicky are regulars. Good thing I was wearing my one Burberry Sock. That bouncer knew he was dealing with a "somebody" not a "nobody". Abbey has become one of my favorite spots as well. It's not only free to get in but I can sip on a $12 drink for at least an hour while trying to look like I don't care if anyone glances my way. Wait, did he look at me? What did he look like? Is my hair ok???

So raise your glasses to a new life in Southern California. Oh, and the next time you see a dark haired twenty-something strutting down North Robertson wearing clothes that almost look Prada but resemble more so the mannequins in the display window at Lohman's give him a wave or a whistle or better yet, a few dollars! The rent is high and the drinks are expensive but someday, his legendary screenplay will sell and you will be able to say, "I knew him when he wasn't a somebody...."

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About the Writer

C. Reagan is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By Ariel on August 30, 2006 at 11:53 pm
Very funny article! I actually arrived in LA not long ago too and some of the things you are saying are so true!
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By C. Reagan on August 31, 2006 at 12:44 am
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By Shannon on August 31, 2006 at 12:45 am
That's cute! And I have to agree, I am also a WeHo resident.
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By Noa on August 31, 2006 at 01:58 am
You go,boy! I totally sympathize with the ridiculous Barnes & Noble Cafe experience,I went through it in Atlanta :) Needless to say, I'm now doing something else. But seriously, you're a good writer! What are your future plans? Do you want to be a star like everyone else here?
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By Mia on September 22, 2006 at 03:01 pm
Excellent writing, very descriptive and full of life as all of us Southern Cali locals are!! Great job.
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