I’m writing to you from deep inside a trash heap that is the formerVideo Marketspace at 3607 Sunset Blvd in Silver Lake. For the past few months, this space has been under renovation, which means anyone living nearby has spent the past few months living with constant construction noise, often starting before 8:00 AM, rotten odors, clouds of drywall dust, particle filled air and a parking lot strewn haphazardly with piles of construction waste.
It wasn’t easy for me to find any information on the business that is moving into this space. A Google search didn’t reveal much, but I eventually found a post on SilverLakeNews.com announcing the grand opening of “NaturalMind” in September 2009 (with September almost over I assume they have fallen behind, as the building remains vacant).
From what I can tell, NaturalMind is going to be some kind of beauty salon, owned by a guy named Arnaud Ozharun. I found his e-mail address on the SilverLakeNews.com post, which I assume he wrote. Unfortunately, the e-mails I sent him were returned with this message, “Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently: [email protected]”
On SilverLakeNews.com, Ozharun posted a rather lengthy description of his business and also of himself, describing NaturalMind as, “A utopian take on beauty.” Which made me laugh out loud when you consider the pile of garbage he has been forcing his neighbors to look at for months now.
“Natural Mind is a place to contemplate things other than oneself, yet change.” – Arnaud Ozharun
Whatever dude. I’m a reasonable person when it comes to things like this and I understand that, from time-to-time, it is necessary to deal with certain urban inconveniences, such as construction. I’m totally fine with that. What really bothers me is the garbage. Aside from the fact that it is likely harboring vermin, it’s Continue reading An Ugly Utopia→
So I was having a conversation with an LA-hater the other day, and I found myself getting sick of defending my city.
I hear the same complaints over and over. For decades. Aren’t people TIRED of bitching about the same stuff already?
Shouldn’t it just be UNDERSTOOD that living in LA involves traffic? Involves flaky Industry types bragging over nonfat lattes? Involves no distinctly perceptible seasons? Is this stuff seriously NEWS to you?! If you people are still complaining about this shit like it’s some big SURPRISE to you, well, maybe you should get out more often.
So, I thought I’d make a List Of Things Not To Complain About Ever Again. Feel free to add your own in the comments.
That asshole who cut you off
Construction on the 405 that never, ever ends
Women with fish lips
Poorly marked freeway interchanges
Everyone always gets so fucking dressed up just to go to the market
LA has no seasons
I meet people at parties and they promise we’ll hang out sometime but they never return my calls / Angelenos are so flaky
It’s so hard to get anyone to look at my screenplay
You people don’t know how to drive in the rain
Ok, ready? Go for it! Add your own complaints you’re fucking sick of hearing!