Last night I went out in Wicker Park with my friend, the Baderator, Baderator’s friend from LA (let’s call him Curly) and the Manfriend. Curly has lived in LA for about four years now and is in the “industry.” Since I don’t really know anyone in LA, nor do I have a firm grasp of the culture other than its people being somewhat fake and pretentious within a vast land of sprawl and smog, I found his input on LA fascinating and terrifying.
On commuting to UCLA from Santa Monica
Curly: Where are you going to live?
UC: Hopefully Santa Monica, so I’m close to campus and the beach.
Curly: OMG, that drive is going to be HORRIBLE! The traffic will take you forever to get to school and home.
UC: Oh, I don’t think it will be too bad, I’m biking.
Curly: You’re BIKING!?!?!! (pause for look of shock and disbelief)
UC: Yeah, even if I’m basically at the ocean, it’s only about five miles to campus.
Curly: FIVE MILES?!!? (pause for 2nd look of shock and disbelief)
Based on that, I’m thinking I’ll be one of the few LA residents that actually commute via bike. Are there even bike lanes? Will I be run over by Escalades and pink Aston Martins driven by Paris Hilton clones?
On getting a part-time job to help pay for school
UC: I’m hoping to get a part-time job waitressing or bartending.
Curly: Good luck with that! Everyone wants to be a waitress or bartender.
UC: So I’m really going to have to compete with actors slash models for a restaurant job?
Curly: Oh yeah. They are the most flexible positions that make money so people can go to casting calls and auditions. It’s crazy competitive to get a job at a decent place. Maybe you could get a job at a dive outside the city where there are five or so customers, but then you wouldn't be making any money.
That girl over there (pointing to the hostess) her job is crazy hard to get in LA. Maybe you could get a job at Subway, but even then you have to know Spanish.
|Only applicants fluent |
in Spanish need apply
I have come to the conclusion that I will be more broke than ever, living off Top Ramen and working for minimum wage at a dreary office as a file clerk. Curly also talked about how people are surface-friendly and mainly only want to be your friend so they can use you for their own personal gain at somepoint. But other than the people, the traffic and the rough job market, LA is great!
Come on Los Angeles! I’m leaving the Manfriend, my wonderful friends, and an urban, car-free, easy to take cheap transit or a cab or stumble home from the local bar lifestyle for you. Please tell me you have more to offer!
On another note, an article I wrote about two years ago finally came out in the latest issue of Masonry Edge magazine. Yay!