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Old 06-14-2012, 05:28 PM
 
Location: La Cañada
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Well I finally made it to LA and I love it so far. It's definitely an eclectic town. It reminds me a lot of Houston only with a ton of scenery.

First I have to ask why are whole sections of this town stuck in the 80's? The buildings looks like they haven't been renovated for twenty years and there is a huge retro look to the town. Everyone keeps telling me that I live in the nicest part of NoHo bordering Burbank but while the area doesn't look ghetto, it does look really old. I guess I just have to adjust to what's considered nice in LA.

I love the mix of food, the relatively low cost of it, as I've noticed mostly gas and rent seem to be the big killers here. The metro rail was exciting and it reminds me of the T in Boston.

This might be a ridiculous thing to say but I feel like one of the taller people in this town which is a big switch from Texas where I was pretty average. At 5'11 ,6'0 with shoes I didn't feel like the shortest guy in the room like I did in Houston.

There is a noticeable class divide unlike I have ever seen before. Even worse than NYC. This is a town where you clearly know who has money and who doesn't. I feel bad because a lot of people here look spent.

I over dressed for this town too. I pictured it so much to look like Manhattan that I only brought my best clothes and everywhere I go people stare at me (in NOHO) like I'm a northeastern transplant or wandered off from Pepperdine. Point is, I look super douchey preppy. I need to just buy some shorts and t shirts.

I've been here three days and still haven't seen the beach yet which I will do today. Is there a way to get to the beach or as close as you can to to the beach on the rail? I do not mind walking the rest of the way even if it is a few miles.

So far it's been great and the town isn't as intimidating as I thought. It's not NYC on the West Coast like I thought. It's really just another town. A cool town, no doubt, but nothing too our of the ordinary besides the gorgeous scenery.
Welcome to LA! It's a great city and I'm glad you like it!

The 80's thing: Some buildings and shopping centers are never renovated until it's too late. I guess I never notice it anymore really. To me, the super nice new all-stucco bright strip malls and buildings look odd. Eh.

Food and Gas: Food is delicious in LA. You can find nearly everything, even some places you might not have elsewhere. Try little places--they are often the best. Gas is a killer. It's undeniable.

Dress: I always am a bit over-dressed myself (or at least people tell me so). I think it's odd to wear no tie to a wedding/funeral, as some do. I always try to look my best with collared shirts and pants. Jeans/shorts and t-shirts are definitely a necessity, however. Remember: nothing wrong with preppy. In fact, whole stores exist for the reason that people will buy and wear preppy things.

Beaches: The best beach is not Santa Monica. I just went two days ago to Seal and it was nice. Manhattan Beach is a nice one. Someone else mentioned the route to SM by rail. I don't know it as I usually drive.

Have fun here!
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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Quit calling it a town bro, it's the second largest CITY in the US. But then I guess in your two days there you've mastered the quaint little town that it is.
Eh I call LA a town too.

I remember when my wife first moved to Boston she called it a town and a local got all indignant on her being like, "It's a city!!".
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Eh I call LA a town too.

I remember when my wife first moved to Boston she called it a town and a local got all indignant on her being like, "It's a city!!".
You're a local, you've earned your right to call LA a town. He hasn't yet.
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:02 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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oh lord. earned what? lets not get into an argument over the semantics of the use of the word town.
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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oh lord. earned what? lets not get into an argument over the semantics of the use of the word town.
That and I'm not really a local
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:14 PM
 
Location: L.A./O.C.
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hey, BarcelonaFan you should visit griffith observatory, getty center, or some rooftop bars and restraunts in DTLA so you can really eperience the WOW factor you seem to be looking for.
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:16 PM
 
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Careful with Echo Park though. IDK how it is now, but even hearing the name brings caution to my mind. The area was always bangin'. Dont know now. But being here from the 90's, I'll always look over my shoulder in this city.
Echo Park has gentrified considerably. There is occasional crime, and there is this silly little gang that thinks it's hot **** but they're just self-promoting taggers. I live there and I love it!!
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:06 PM
 
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Talk about anal. Trying to get a notch on your 'net cred? Never said I mastered the town just drove around and commented on what I saw, "bro".
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:59 AM
 
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hey, BarcelonaFan you should visit griffith observatory, getty center, or some rooftop bars and restraunts in DTLA so you can really eperience the WOW factor you seem to be looking for.
LA has wowed me in a totally different way than NYC. An even better way in fact! I still cannot get over the fact at how nice people are everywhere I go. Southern hospitality especially in Houston, TX is a giant myth. The people in LA are way friendlier.

I went to a trendy bar called The Den in West Hollywood and a bar like that in Houston would be full of the douchiest, most obnoxious good ol boy preppy spawn but the crowd there seemed really nice! The bouncer was super cool and gave me advice on where to go next.

What's funny is that every other city, especially Houston, thinks being like LA means being over dressed, snooty and rude. In fact LA has so far been the total opposite from that in my experience.
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:01 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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What's funny is that every other city, especially Houston, thinks being like LA means bring over dressed, snooty and rude. In fact LA has so far been the total opposite from that in my experience.
That's what people were trying to tell you in your other fearful posts. lol
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