Falling in love with L.A.

I’ll admit it.

I started out as an Orange County girl. Even though I was born in L.A., my parents decided to raise us in the suburbs of the OC. But as soon as I could escape the Orange Curtain, I did… running off to college in close-enough-to-visit-but-far-enough-to-move-out-of-the-house Los Angeles! The big city! Wow!

Wow, indeed. Did I hate it at the beginning. Especially the traffic, the traffic, oh that horrible traffic. But then a funny thing started happening… I began to fall in love with L.A. and the next thing I knew, I stopped calling myself an OC-girl and it felt right to describe myself as an LA-girl (sorry Markland, I am purposely leaving the periods out that time, just to annoy you!).

For me, a love affair with L.A. was probably inevitable, but I know others who never thought that they would end up falling in love with this city.

I was reading one of my favorite blogs today and came up on a post by Carly Milne, who documented her love of L.A. with photos, ending the post with this:

I never imagined I’d live here. I never wanted to. But it’s been six years now, and I have to admit I fall in love with it more and more every day.

What about you?

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4 Replies to “Falling in love with L.A.”

  1. I’m with you, I may not have started here. I actually wasn’t even planning on being here other than to visit a friend from college a few times a year. Those cursory visits showed me what a great city it is. A couple of years later Rutz convinced me to move here, I did and never looked back.

    Of all the places I have been I have been here the longest and truly love this place, warts and all. I won’t be leaving.

  2. I’m just the opposite. I was born and raised in L.A. (Burbank to be exact) then I moved to OC at age 21. Its been 6 years now and I really have grown to love life behind the curtain…..

    ….but I REALLY miss L.A. There’s so much more to do up there. Everytime I go up there I remember all the things I used to do. I love where I live now in Old Town Orange, I’m right next to the train station that heads up to L.A. Now if only we had a proper transportation system that allowed me travel up there more than 4 times before noon!

  3. I moved into the city proper in 1992, after moving down from NorCal to SoCal to go to college in 1989. It just seemed the obvious thing to do, since I was going into film. And yes, the traffic sucks (and is it just me getting older, or has traffic gotten far worse over the last 15 years?), and there are a lot of fair-weather type people. But that’s okay when it’s almost always fair weather! I’ve experienced riots, fires and earthquakes, and yet I am in no way ready to leave.

    My wife and I had brunch yesterday and sat next to Weird Al Yankovic and his family. Then as we drove home, rain started hitting the windshield as the radio played The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm” and I realized that, at that exact moment, we were passing by the studio where The Doors recorded that very song (which is now the Benvenuto Cafe on Santa Monica Blvd. in WeHo). It was a classic Los Angeles moment.

  4. Yeah, BloggingLA should institute some kind of Green Card declaring “official” L.A. residency for new LAngelenos like jozjozjoz. We grow stronger with the infusion of new blood, ya know.

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