Friday, January 14, 2011

Walking in LA

I was up at 5:00 am yesterday, Central time, and fell asleep early last night.

I was up early this morning and decided to walk. LA is famous for the observation that nobody walks, but of course, that's not true. Lots of people are walking at 8:00am. Many of them, dressed in scrubs, or jeans and casual clothes, or uniforms, are walking to or from bus stops. Most of them are brown or black. The one white woman I saw was older, wearing a long denim skirt and a dirty sweatshirt and either had no access to or didn't much use shower and laundry. But that's not what we mean or what we see when we talk about people walking.

7 Comments:

OpenID gavin said...

Hey, nice to see you blogging again although I hope Bob + der dogs get to move to LA, too.

Just skimmed through something in The New Yorker about an architect in Culver City — heck, googled it (being the New Yorker it is a guy writing about another guy):
http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/skyline/2010/12/20/101220crsk_skyline_goldberger

Looks like something worth seeing.

In-and-Out Burger's good and I know you just came from Texas but go for the Mexican food. There was a great burrito place in Arcadia, so I figure they are all over the city.

January 14, 2011 9:47 PM  
Blogger David Moles said...

The nobody who walks in LA must be the same nobody who takes public transit.

March 19, 2011 7:39 PM  
Anonymous tips malam pertama said...

i'm feeling okay... :-) yayayayaya
i love life..

October 11, 2011 11:14 PM  
Blogger g c cunningham said...

I just read After the Apocalypse and was really knocked out by the title story and Useless Things. There was such a fantastic sense of reality in those tales without melodrama.

April 04, 2012 2:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very interested in your history. I read your book Nekropolois, thought it was great and thought provoking, noticed it was originally published at a bad time (in 2001 if you know what I mean) especially since it mentioned the Koran I guess. I wonder if you think that negatively impacted its history. I wonder if you write anymore; it seems like a terribly difficult career, especially now a days, even for someone like you who garnered great reviews. Are you actively writing, and, if not, do you miss it? I always wonder why you didnt at least get the Nebula for your book first book, and wonder if subsequent awarding of the Nebular award were influenced by that. LM

June 11, 2012 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Maureen,
I am a newcomer to your blog.
I've read your book China Mountain Zhang, and it is such a great book.
Personally, as Chinese-Puerto Rican I feel like I am connected to the book. It gives me a sense of pride.
Overall, keep up the good work and thank you.

October 26, 2012 11:52 PM  
Blogger Judith van Praag said...

Welcome to L.A., not that I'm there, but I wish I were. Potverdomme nog an toe (that's from my dad's Dutch Swear Book, the least impressive, but no need to get nasty in a welcome note, we just brushed tweets on Twitter about cursing).
Whenever I am in the City of Angels, and that's pretty often, I walk quite a lot, although less because of neuroma (and that's not a pudding). One can get around with public transportation, even rather well these days, but you need time.
There's no TexMex to speak of, but CalMex does fine. If you drive north to Pico Blvd you'll find all ethnic restaurants you may be looking for, and most all of them kosher to boot.

October 27, 2014 7:35 PM  

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