Memorable Moments in an Alien World











{December 8, 2012}   Sidetracked

Living in the second largest city in America, I find it within wisdom’s bounds to get lost every once in a while. Not Watts or Compton lost, mind you, just affording myself the freedom to explore the knotted, congested roads of LA, unbound by obligations, with no real destination in mind. Read the rest of this entry »



{October 7, 2012}   Unintended Consequences

I like books. Not nooks. Not ipads. Real, physical books. Furthermore, I enjoy supporting local businesses that have to compete with “the big guys,” so when my brother was out for a visit this weekend and we were cruising down Santa Monica Blvd, I said, “You know, I really want to buy a book on the history of LA. There’s an independent bookstore that I always pass on the way to church that looks great, but I’ve never stopped in. Can we take a small detour?” Read the rest of this entry »



{September 30, 2011}   If You Can Take the Hit…

Today I signed a year-lease to rent a room in Westwood. I feel like I’m walking into a good situation and am excited (this is SO lame) to change my status on facebook from: “Murrieta” to “Los Angeles.” It is outright bizarre how online activity has a tendency to define some people (like myself) to a certain extent.

Anyhow after doing some work in Santa Monica, I decided it would be a capital idea to drive around Westwood and become a bit more familiar with my new area of residence. I started from the condo and worked my way out, in a square-like fashion. Frankly, I still feel a little lost and am looking forward to buying a map. That’s right. Not maps.google, not mapquest, an actual physical map. I need some way to center myself in my new surroundings. Read the rest of this entry »



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