No one loves you; you’re the least important person in the room; get over it – An ode to Los Angeles

Los Angeles Sunrise

It’s possible that some of you don’t realize that I live in Los Angeles. I think I speak about it a lot, and I even started a blog to celebrate it, but it still may not be clear. It’s an interesting city to live in, and even more interesting to write about. I’ve been here for 6 years now, my anniversary is a week after my birthday, so it’s easy to remember.

There’s a vibe to the city which I’ve had a hard time putting my finger on, though I think that Geoff Manaugh may have hit the nail on the head. Geoff wrote a post back in 2007 called Greater Los Angeles which has been making the rounds with my friends over the week, and it certainly struck a chord with me. As I read it I was laughing with glee because of how true it is. Here’s my favorite part:

The whole thing is ridiculous. It’s the most ridiculous city in the world – but everyone who lives there knows that. No one thinks that L.A. “works,” or that it’s well-designed, or that it’s perfectly functional, or even that it makes sense to have put it there in the first place; they just think it’s interesting. And they have fun there.
And the huge irony is that Southern California is where you can actually do what you want to do; you can just relax and be ridiculous. In L.A. you don’t have to be embarrassed by yourself. You’re not driven into a state of endless, vaguely militarized self-justification by your xenophobic neighbors.

Los Angeles isn’t for everyone, it’s certainly the place for me though. Take 3 minutes to read his post, you can see the full thing by clicking here.

Bobby

6 Comments No one loves you; you’re the least important person in the room; get over it – An ode to Los Angeles

  1. Mike Trozzo November 7, 2011 at 5:32 AM

    Bobby, I loved this and the BLDG article. Missing from both is the sincerity and insecurity of the people that create a natural community, or even a 2nd family (people have left there own). If you want to watch Die Hard from a laptop in the Fox Tower parking circle (you should try it), you can find 5-6 people who will join you.

  2. daniel November 7, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    “In L.A. you don’t have to be embarrassed by yourself. You’re not driven into a state of endless, vaguely militarized self-justification by your xenophobic neighbors.”

    was this guy ever really in LA? i just moved from LA to portland. that last sentence sounds more like here than there.
    there are some great, unbelievably amazing aspects to LA. i just don’t think it had to do with the people.

  3. Bobby SolomonBobby Solomon November 7, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Daniel – Maybe you didn’t know the right people?

  4. daniel November 8, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    yeah, i didn’t know you. whatever.

  5. Bobby SolomonBobby Solomon November 8, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    @Daniel – Haha, what? This has nothing to do with me.

  6. daniel November 9, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    just sayin’, LA is one of the most image-critical and judgemental places on earth. yes, i know plenty of people who are doing whatever they feel like doing, regardless of what others opinions are. but i wouldnt say that LA, as a whole, is accepting as the quote makes it out to be.

    anywho, love the blog. keep up the great work

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