Have I mentioned that I love Los Angeles? I do. And during this week of giving thanks, I am grateful for La Ciudad de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles for many reasons:
*My husband and I met and got married here (at the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club)
*They make MOVIES here!
*There is no snow to shovel or ice to scrape (though a leeeetle more rain wouldn’t hurt).
*We don’t have tornadoes or hurricanes or blizzards.
*The city is so large that after 20 years here, there is still much for me to discover and explore.
*You can drive anywhere in the country from here! (Okay that’s true of all places in the continental US, but when you grow up on a rock in the middle of the Pacific and love to drive, it’s a huge deal.)
*There are amazing movie theaters here.
*There are two Trader Joe’s and a 24 hour pharmacy within about 1.5 miles of my house.
*The city doesn’t judge you. You are free to do your thing.
*I can find the best versions of my favorite kinds of food any time I want (Mexican, Chinese, Hawaiian)
*We have no family in Los Angeles — our circle of friends here IS family and I am grateful for all of them (even more these days).
I’m getting all misty eyed thinking about all this, even when it’s hard to come up with more specific reasons why I’m thankful for this city. I have history in this city, real, grown-up, painful, joyful, ugly, beautiful history and each time I visit a different part of town, I am reminded that I came here by choice and *live* here. And I am so glad the Angels of this city have taken such good care of us.
Vintage postcard found on a previous post about vintage LA from this very blog.