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And that has made all the difference

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This is where I live.

I don't have my mail delivered here. There is a mailbox out in front of a place that bears an address, to which my bills go to.

Yet what you see before you speaks of Los Angeles to me. Day in, day out, on the freeways crisscrossing the landscape, the traffic piles up and crawls along. It colors everything about my experience here.

I am tied with these ribbons of roadwork and road rage. They leave me off balance. Will 15 miles take 15 minutes or an hour? I often arrive at my destination very early. I often arrive at my destination late. Occasionally when I get where I am going, I can find a place to park.

It has made a difference. It has altered my personality and my activities, and even my friendships. There are people I would no doubt be more involved with, if only they lived 30 miles North, rather than 30 miles South.

The 405. The 101. The 5. The 10. My brother in law visited recently and he asked us why do you call it "The", isn't it just 405? He was teasing, but I was serious in trying to explain why these expensiveways deserve a definitive article. They are more than a means to an end. They color moods and determine timing. It is not a road, it is a relationship. My husband spends more waking minutes with the 405 on most weekdays then he does with me. She can be a harsh mistress, but she treats us equally unfairly.

And this, this is what passes as my love letter to Los Angeles.

That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.

Los Angeles has been good enough to me. I am better off in every way than I was when I arrived. I have plans for things to get better still. I do not believe that anyplace else would have been a better move for us, when we made the move here, even though the traffic often barely moves at all.

It is not my true home. I expect to go elsewhere when career matters matter less.

People mover, parking lot, bearer of friends and enemies, source of frustration, porter of goods, enabler and inhibitor of interaction - this is where I live.
27th Jul 2007, 22:24  


I really enjoyed reading that. many thanks!

27th Jul 2007, 22:36

540air says:

Wow, I agree, what an interesting insight. Thanks for sharing it Tori :)

(btw, the other good thing about being in LA is you now get to hear about David Beckham!!) Just kidding ;)

28th Jul 2007, 00:08

EverydayGirl says:

My urban planning professor once told us, "As goes LA, so goes the country". It's a harbinger; the rest of the US could easily look like the sprawling place that is LA. Some places already are - the ones without good planning.

I hope LA keeps to itself from now on, and let's the rest of us off with a traffic-laden warning.

28th Jul 2007, 00:13

Sprocket says:

A very fitting tribute to LA, Tori.

kicked in his door at 5 AM
"I've come for my bike" I told the repo man
My 920's gonna take me far today
You can travel for miles and never leave L.A.

I've come a long way
I've come a long way
I've gone 500 miles today
I've come a long way
I've come along way
And never even left L.A.

Michelle Shocked

28th Jul 2007, 07:44

nige says:

i like the pics too ; )

28th Jul 2007, 11:32

MaggieD says:

I do like a story with the pics, thank you for taking the time to give us both ,,,,,

28th Jul 2007, 20:59

Tori says:

Thank you, everyone. I've actually been trying to get this since May, when Bronxelf brought up the idea of posting a photo that "speaks to where you are in the world. Not necessarily a tourist site or anything, but something that you think is part of your personal culture,based on where you are."

The second I saw that, I knew exactly what image I wanted. However it took a long time to arrange to get the photo, needing to carve out time in the day during favorable lighting conditions, etc.

Then once I finally managed to take the shots, more time to sit down and write why that was the image I jumped to immediately.

Anyhow, a long time in the crafting, but I am glad some people have enjoyed it. Thanks for the HL too.

28th Jul 2007, 21:25

minkey says:

Thanks for sharing your insight on what LA is for the people living there all the time.

29th Jul 2007, 00:12

nige says:

i had to read this again because its just so great. i want to take a photo that represents where i live now. takes some thinking.

29th Jul 2007, 01:13

Dhamaka says:

This is great. I love your words and the images goes so perfectly with them

29th Jul 2007, 09:21

Caine says:

Nice story. I'm a native Southern Californian, lived there most of my life (left in my late 30s). I never could stand L.A. And I loathed being stuck on the 405.

I'm glad you're happy though, and you took stellar photos. I like them.

29th Jul 2007, 11:18

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