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September 25, 2009

Friday at last

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What a long, exhausting, HOT week! I am ridiculously thrilled for it to be Friday.

I've had to work late a few nights this week and the best part about working late is getting to see Los Angeles at nightfall. The whole city just twinkles and sparkles, it looks clean and perfect. Downtown is a ghost town at night -- no traffic snarls or mounds of pedestrians crossing against the hand. It's just me and the high-rise buildings with their shimmering windows and lights.

Sometimes I forget that I love working downtown. But I do love it. It's easy to get bogged down with traffic and commuting (and it does sometimes feel like we work on an island far from real Los Angeles) but downtown gives me a little thrill, too. I love living in a huge city with soaring buildings and being right in the thick of things. I like that feeling of walking up from the subway and seeing a slice of sky in between the high-rise skyline. I like that you can see the Hollywood sign from our breakroom and on a clear day you can see the ocean at Palos Verdes from my friend V.'s office.

And of course the best part is that after a long week I get to leave the twisted tangle of downtown streets and go back to the Valley and spend my weekend looking for the perfect curtain rod for my bedroom windows. And you can find anything in the Valley, that I promise you. Sometimes I try to picture myself living somewhere else (last year I very seriously contemplated a move to France, but it ended up not coming together) and I can tick off a few cities I love enough to move to: Paris, Madrid, Prague, Wroclaw, Copenhagen. But I'm not sure I can leave L.A. forever. Los Angeles is the closest I've ever come to a lifetime commitment. We fight, we break up, we make up, sometimes I have to leave all-the-sudden and then I'm so happy to come back a week later. I feel like I live on the very edge of the world here, as if at any moment anything could happen.

It's my favorite place I have ever visited and I knew I wanted to live here the first time I saw it when I was seven years old. All this time later I still can't believe I do!

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Posted by laurie at September 25, 2009 7:08 AM