Well, I’m back. After a 10 day road trip that took my partner and I down to the smoggy city of LA and back to the PNW. We took the 101 and the 1 (coastal highway down), but then the interstate 5 back. We saw the jagged coast of the sea side. The Podunk towns of Oregon. We revved the car on a hill so much the clutch began to slip and it made me thankful I have AAA.
LA is a series of cities. A sprawling map of confused and bewildered buildings. The roof tops bars pump their simple beats to the streets where a homeless man sits next to his shopping cart. The shopping cart is filled with plastic bags, cardboard. Old, crushed cans and other worldly possessions. The LA bustle does nothing for him.
On Skid Row, where I didn’t go, people die daily. In Korea Town people eat expensive meats, take Uber’s to parties. In Santa Monica the homeless crowd the beach in intervals. They are periodically cleared off. Cleared out. The people who afford it go to new restaurants and drink $10 smoothies and super-juices.
What I’m trying to say is: LA is a city of dichotomy, much like every major city in the United States–maybe the world. The dichotomy lies within the varied life styles and social stratum each person lives in. There are many Uber and Lyft drivers. There are young aspiring actors, writers, artists, set designers, everything. And there are the people who are there to serve them, because, as everyone know, no deal was ever made over salad. More likely hands shake over drinks at 3am. It’s difficult to know how to feel about a city that really has everything there, right at your finger tips. LA gets a bad wrap, but how can it have a bad wrap without a good one? It has everything. It’s an affordable place for artists to live and try to grow their career. It’s a warm place for the homeless. It’s a rough place for those who are hard. It’s a soft place in the hills and neighborhoods where you can’t hear the city. It is the lapping of the beaches, the snoring of the giant. LA is not the city people want it to be. But it’s the city we all deserve.