Memorable Moments in an Alien World











{August 5, 2013}   When LA Makes an Effort

If I have the time to do so, I enjoy getting lost. Immensely. Just taking a drive down a random street and seeing exactly where it will take me. In doing so yesterday, I made the most remarkable discovery about Los Angeles.

It all began in Culver City. I decided it could be worth my while to see where Slauson Ave would take me, if I took it eastward. Turns out, much to my amusement, it leads me to a neighborhood where every home looks like the fictitious Mr. Brady designed it. Wow. But, not surprisingly, that grew really boring, really fast. So I u-turned it and headed north on La Cienega.

What I saw astounded me. Read the rest of this entry »



{June 14, 2013}   Networking.

I am a planner.

That being the case, while I was completing my mild/moderate special education credential, I was concurrently hitting the pavement, trying to find an “in” at any school district I could. I dropped by district offices to give my resume (which, by the way, they really frown upon – it’s all about online contact nowadays!), went to job fairs and daily filled out and submitted online applications.

For my proactiveness, I was rewarded with an abundance of rejection. It was a magical time. Read the rest of this entry »



{February 20, 2013}   First Waking Thought

Every morning without fail, though grousing about what the day holds may soon chase the it away, when I open my eyes in the morning my first thought is always, Read the rest of this entry »



I can’t stay seated when an elderly person gets on the bus.

I can’t lower myself to take part in screaming matches with people in order to win a power struggle. Read the rest of this entry »



{May 30, 2012}   Breaking up.

Before I actually found a place to live in LA, I was living as a transient gypsy. Extended stay at a hotel Sunday through Thursday, 3 hours in traffic on my 5-freeway commute back to Murrieta. Then I would drive BACK to LA on Saturday with my parents, searching out available apartments. Then BACK to Murrieta Saturday evening. Sunday morning would come and go so fast and the next thing you know, I’m packing up to trek back to LA for another crazy 50-80 week.

I had been living like that since late August, so by late September it is a massive understatement to say that I felt DESPERATE to find a place to call home. One week, my ever-helpful mother drove out in middle of the week to help me locate some apartments. While I was at work she lined up a couple of places for us to take a look at after work that evening.

As we drove to the first place, it was right around dusk. Probably not the best time to go apartment hunting, but I had no other option. We Sasses are punctual to a fault, so we had a few minutes to look around while we waited for the owner of the complex to arrive and show us around.

The neighborhood didn’t bowl me over. It definitely seemed like the kind of place you shouldn’t walk outside after, well, dusk! But I was currently staying in a seedy hotel – how much worse could this be? Read the rest of this entry »



{March 25, 2012}   Changes

I have something to confess: I live in LA.

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