…at least as much of an Angeleno as I ever was.
Although I wasn’t half bad for the four years I was there. I had some local hangouts, I had many favorite restaurants. I did the touristy things and I also shunned the touristy things. I went to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery Screenings (a few of them actually…including the annual PeeWee’s Big Adventure screening). I went to Griffith Park Observatory for Valentine’s Day. I went to a few Greek festivals. I found two lovely little nooks of a beach in Malibu that never had crowds, but sometimes had Lindsey Lohan. I shopped on Rodeo, I shopped on Melrose, I shopped in the fabric district in downtown LA. I lived in three locations in Los Angeles — Koreatown, Park LaBrea and Santa Monica — and I loved each of them for different reasons. I got lost in not-so-great parts of town. I hiked Topanga Canyon and Runyon Canyon. I went to Disneyland and San Diego and Palm Springs. I went to a Lakers game. I played on a studio lot. And I have met many celebrities and gone to many a party (but that’s a given I work in entertainment publicity).
I actually have enjoyed my 4 years in Los Angeles. I came out here to get a master’s degree and I am leaving with that master’s degree, some quality career experience, really good friends, fun memories and an armload of stories. Ultimately, however, Los Angeles is not my town. I couldn’t make it fit even though I tried. The desert air is lovely, but not full-time. The sunshine is exquisite, but I miss rain and wind and cold and spring and fall and fireflies and buttercups. And I miss that so many people that I love are so many many miles away.
So I head east…at least for now. Hey, I am a girl who has now moved 20 times in her life…I can roll with “for now” in cases of location. This time to conquer a dream I have had since I was little. To live in New York City (yes the City, to differentiate from the State, which is awesome in its own right and is where my roots lie).
So cheers to change.
P.S. — Did I mention that I have a partner-in-crime who is coming along with me? You might see his posts here from time to time. My four years in Los Angeles weren’t that wasted…I did find him…