Just got back from a mind-blowing trip to Northern California, Big Sur and up the coast of California. Unfortunately, on my first night in Berkeley, I parked in a sketchy area and my bag got stolen out of my car with my computer in it. Soooooo, the whole trip was one without access and losing a lot of the work I’ve done in the last three months. (I know, I know, I should back-up every day…..)
To make matters worse, I found out the hard way that car insurance covers very little when it comes to contents. So yeah, a nasty financial hit.
However, back in Los Angeles, I am surprisingly super thankful. One of the gifts of living in Los Angeles is the easy access we have to so many things. And relatively cheaply. Within a day, I’m typing on a brand-new never been out of the box Macbook Pro, which I bought on Craigslist, saving about $800 in the process. I’m betting you can’t do that in so easily in Des Moines.
The clothes, well they can be replaced over time… and the suitcase, well, there’s a slew of luggage stores here. Visiting other cities, towns, even in California, you really get a hit on how much wealth we have here in LA, and much of it is free. Yes, it’s harder to drive, park and buy property, just to name a few of the inconveniences of living in this wonderful city. But in exchange, we get a huge pipeline to ideas, products, services and art that just don’t exist anywhere else.
So even though I lost everything I had with me, I gained a new appreciation for my sweet home-town and all it’s inhabitants. The loss wasn’t the eye opener, but it magnified the ease with which we operate with here in Los Angeles.