Memorable Moments in an Alien World











One of the few perks of being a teacher is getting summers off and I have decided to make the most of it this year, by having the most random adventures fathomable. The most recent of these randomosities is when I decided to see how long it would take me to get from Westwood to downtown Los Angeles if I took the Metro #4. It’s practically right outside of my apartment complex and since parking in LA in general and downtown in specific, is such a nightmare, I thought I’d give it a whirl. Read the rest of this entry »



I have been trying to sublet a room in my apartment for a number of months. It is conceivable to believe that finding a flatmate in Los Angeles can be a bit of a bizarre search. There are few things in life that are as intimate as asking someone to live with you. Yet Read the rest of this entry »



Last weekend I had one of my very dearest friends come out to visit me. Not entirely sure where to take her, but knowing that she wanted to be close to the beach, I decided to take her down the famously fabulous Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice. 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 »



{March 17, 2012}   The Rewards of Loitering

I am slowly attempting to get to know the hot spots in LA and acquaint myself with the hidden gems in the second largest city in America. As I moved to LA for work, I have spent the majority of my time completely immersed in my job and I haven’t set much time aside to explore Los Angeles.

But my soul NEEDS to seek out and explore my new city, so I am trying to make more time to find the spots that make Los Angeles, well, Los Angeles. 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 »



{September 26, 2011}   Why You Should Always Offer to Drive

I signed a contract to stay with someone I met on craigslist (the place where dreams come true) for the rest of the month in exchange for $400. When I arrived at her apartment, I was greeted by an angry-looking scary chick that I would come to know as one of this girl’s best friends. They were going out to dinner and invited me along, but as I sensed a degree of hostility from my new roommate’s friend, I passed. My roommate pleaded for me to join them and so I did. As we walked out I thought, “Maybe you should offer to drive, Amanda.” Psh! I just drove 2.5 hours to get here. Forget it. Read the rest of this entry »



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