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 »



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 »



{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 »



{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 »



Awhile back I met some friends at the Los Angeles Annual Lithuanian Fair.

Being surrounded by a foreign culture – even just for an afternoon – reminded me of my time spent in Europe and caused a pining in me for travel. 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 29, 2012}   West what?

I am pretentious. It’s a fact that I know and try very hard to keep under wraps. Because that word just doesn’t have the best connotation, right? There are some things I am openly pretentious about. Espresso. Grammar. Chocolate (clearly all very important). But that’s about it. The rest I hide away and try to ignore.

But I stumbled into unsolicited pretension the other day. 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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{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 »



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