Hey all, am on a road trip and using it as a vehicle to find out what the rest of the country thinks of LA, us and the city I LOVE to call home.
A little bit of background on today’s entry. I was in Las Vegas to celebrate my cousin Paul’s 30th birthday and met some really nice people. Paul is a So Cal native, born and raised behind the Orange Curtain, went to Wharton College and chose to live in Los Angeles when it was time to leave New England.
The real story lies in his friends I met at the party. A nice mix of east coast and west coast. One in particular that I got to spend a bit of time with is “Tex” a Houston Native who went to Wharton with Paul. During the conversation I learned quite a few things.
“Tex” after graduation decided to stay back east. He had visited Los Angeles before and liked some elements of it but in the end chose NYC as his home. When asked “have you ever been to LA before” he answered yes and enjoyed his visits, A LOT.
I asked “Why chose NYC over LA”. He answered, with out hesitation…”NYC is so diverse, so compact there is so much I can do in 3 blocks from where I live. LA is diverse too, but the sprawl is as bad as Houston. Worse, people in LA are all about what they are wearing and how you dress dictates how you are treated and where you can go”.
Wow. The sprawl comparision and wanting to escape makes sense. If we ever get around to a mass transit formula we can live with the sprawl would be a non-issue. The wardrobe, appearance is everything they say. Are we truly that shallow that an outsider can make the distinction that how he is treated is based on his wardrobe? What you say on the topic? Food for thought at least.
Future entries will have a picture or two of the folks I talk with. Next stop Beaver UT where the state run booze shop closes at 6pm and you can’t even get grey poupon over the counter as its made with white wine….