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December 17, 2008

I saw you (and him) walking in the rain...

That title is from one of my favorite eighties songs, "The Rain" by Oran "Juice" Jones. My favorite line from the song is "You know my first impulse was to run up on you and do a Rambo!" but that didn't seem like a good title for a rainy day. Which it is! Again!

My view from the bus this morning:
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Not sure if you can tell from my stellar photography, but we are at a standstill. By the time I got to work, two hours after leaving my house, I had reached the Zen Acceptance place. Not so much my coworkers ... poor New Jersey! I have no idea what state he will be in today. But on Monday it misted and sprinkled and he came into work late and exhausted already because of the weather. Oh, the mist of traffic doom!

"I don't get it," he said. "It wasn't even raining! It was barely misting!"

And he had that look -- you know, the LOOK. It's that What the hell have I gotten myself into moving to a city where mist creates gridlock and yet earthquakes that shake the whole office building are no big deal? look.

When I first moved here I was just as innocent and confused by these things but in time you learn that there are other places and then there is Los Angeles. And one day you're no longer wandering around dismayed by rain-based traffic apocalypse, you're more concerned about whether or not SAG will strike and if there will be valet at Whole Foods because you need some organic wine and you don't want to get your Uggs wet.

Here's another reason why I love this bizarre city:

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One giant billboard on Van Nuys Blvd. referencing both the insidious L.A. traffic and the weirdness that is the paparazzi ... all in SPANISH.

But of course that picture was taken on Saturday when it was sunny and the world was still spinning on its axis, not its axles. Today we're all at a standstill. I hope my KMS anti-frizz mousse can hold up under the atmospheric pressure!

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Actual rain! My Soggy City.

Posted by laurie at December 17, 2008 9:27 AM