We’re close to the beach, the desert, the mountains, and some ski resorts. We have theatres, museums, parks, and amusement parks. Boutiques abound. It has never been more in vogue to have babies, so in addition to the baby boutiques, many of the museums and parks are very family-friendly and there are several museums devoted entirely to children. You can take your Bugaboo* on a walk nearly every day of the year.
Aside from the lack of rain, the only thing I don’t like about L.A. are the people. I’ve met some very spectacular people here, and I hope many of these friendships continue for the rest of our lives, so obviously I like some people here. I just like my people. The rest can go somewhere else.
(Now before you get into a huge tizzy by my use of the term “my people”, it’s not a racial, social, or cultural expression. It means: my friends. I don’t like people in general, just specific individuals. I’m really a hermit.)
One of the main downsides of LA is the traffic. Not a problem if there weren’t so many people. It would then take me much less time to get to my favourite spots downtown. Also with less people-less traffic, the air quality would show vast improvement, which is currently another downside to the area. Additionally, without all the people we could revert all this excess cookie-cutter development back to orange groves and natural wildlife habitats. This would mark, again, a major improvement in the local environment.
I realize I’m a bit curmudgeonly on the subject of people. Without diagnosed agoraphobia it’s a bit uncharacteristic that someone my age would dislike people so much. It’s not quite so strange, however, if you remember that I’m a transplant from the backwoods. I do like LA, I just don’t like people.
If only there was a way that the economic infrastructure could survive the exedus of the superfluous crowds…
(your comments are not welcome if you wish to put a pin in my balloon — this is my dreamland, thankyouverymuch)
*note: I do not have a Bugaboo, but I know several people who do!