So, I’ve been in my new digs for two weeks now, and the inevitable comparisons between my old neighborhood, right smack dab in the middle of Hollywood, and my new “Beverly Hills Adjacent” abode have started.
To narrow it a bit, I’ve gone from block east of Hollywood High (Sunset and Highland) to over by Sweetzer and Beverly. Ten minutes of surfing and I’ve finally figured out that I’m technically in the “Fairfax District.”
There’s your first comparison: try telling most people you live in the Fairfax District when they ask where you live. You’ll either get a blank look, or they think you sleep at Canters. Say, “Beverly Hills Adjacent,” (and who can say that with a straight face?) and you get, “What does that mean?” And, indeed, what the hell? Saying, “Over by Beverly Center,” works or throwing out the cross streets, but then you get, “Isn’t that West Hollywood?” No, no it’s not. Apparently the Real Estate geniuses call it “Beverly Grove,” but I don’t want to confuse things further. My one friend says I live on the Westside now, and though he’s only wrong by four or five blocks, I still deny it. He just moved to Los Feliz. I’m jealous, frankly.
When you say, “I live in Hollywood,” most people just say, “Oh.”
See, they know where that is.