A couple weeks ago I posted a few reasons why I love LA. It’s not even an exhaustive list – just a few things that quickly came to the top of my head. But I don’t want to make it sound perfect…there are ups and downs to every city, town, neighborhood.
I do believe that we live in the best part of LA though – Culver City is awesome and not pretentious like Beverly Hills. I mean, how cool is it that Gone with the Wind and Wizard of Oz were filmed like a mile from our apartment?
The cast of Oz, including the little munchkins, stayed at the historic Culver Hotel, which I pass on a regular basis.
Oh right, back to the ugly…there are some horrible things about LA, like the crime. It could just be the outrageous media that makes it seems so bad – I haven’t looked into the actual statistics. Anyway, here are a few things that I could do without:
- The Marine Layer – some mornings there’s a thick layer of clouds that makes it dark outside and very hard to get out of bed. It goes away before noon, but I’d prefer it to be sunny when I wake up. I really can’t complain though…
- Depressing local news – we don’t really watch it anymore because I don’t like hearing about all the murderers and rapists. “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.” I actually kind of miss Albany news…seems cheerful compared to this. However, I do love that the local channels carry all the celebrity news like Nicollette Sheridan’s lawsuit against Marc Cherry and Dancing with the Stars updates.
- All the dogs – sorry to the dog lovers out there, but I’m a cat person. It seems like EVERYONE has a dog. People are usually pretty good about picking up poop off the sidewalks, but for the few who don’t – it’s very annoying. And until recently our new neighbors had a puppy that barked for hours on end. Not fun.
- Traffic – yes, it’s just as bad as they say. I was afraid to drive for a while. Haha. Thankfully, we pretty much avoid rush hour and rarely have the need for the highway during the week; so it could be worse if we both had long commutes. At least the drivers aren’t as bad as in NYC.
- Housing Costs – it’s so crazy that we are paying double the rent of our home in Atlanta for one less bedroom, and minus a dining room, laundry room, and several closets. It’s one of the most expensive cities in the country, so it will take us a while to save up for a house.
All in all, I still love living here. Did I mention the nice weather?