I love this eclectic bastion of insanity proudly waving its flag in the middle of LA County. I am woken up by opera singing neighbors at 7:30am and jackhammers at 7:45! I can just as easily purchase authentic French or Russian pastries. Run into trannies or mobsters on the street. Pass an equal number of medical marijuana pharmacies, adult entertainment venues and pawn shops on my way to yoga class. And garner strange looks when I walk down the sidewalk holding my boyfriend’s hand.