Memorable Moments in an Alien World











{October 18, 2011}   The Rules of the Road

LA traffic can feel downright brutal.

But I grew up in socal and am used to the rude drivers, the California waves, and the panic and multiple accidents that invariably ensue when it so much as mists outside.

I’m not the world’s most defensive driver, but I’m quickly making my way up the ranks. I have been particularly annoyed at the way L.A.iens (clever, right?) attempt to defy merging. It ought to work like a zipper – every other car – but rarely do I witness it functioning as it ought. Read the rest of this entry »



I have a confession to make. Today I went shopping for the first time. Not that I hadn’t bought food before – it just was never so vital that I buy food before! I went to Trader Joe’s and it was PACKED. Full of shoppers who wanted to get in and get out.

I’ve never noticed it before (probably because I’ve never had the necessity of shopping), but there are a lot of people who seem to like to shop in pairs. Regardless, everyone seemed in a bit of a hurry. I took my time because I knew it was after 6p and there was NO WAY I was going to be paying less than $6 for the luxury of parking my car. I figured I might as well slow down and take my time so I got everything I needed. Read the rest of this entry »



Living in a new place that is rather foreign to me is bringing out my unabashed risk-taking side. It’s fun…mostly. It also leaves me with the distinct impression that I may just end up having to change my phone number and/or name. Either way, it spices up my day.

“Amanda, what could you possibly be doing that would leave you with that impression?” you may ask. Well, I’ll give two examples. Read the rest of this entry »



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