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Old 12-11-2007, 10:17 AM
 
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im gonna be moving to the LA area after new years and i need help big time. the city is so big and i need someone to help me get used to the city. you know like getting around, using the metro, helping me learn the areas you know the basic stuff. just that i dont want to have to pay some big fee to have some loser tour guide take me around to useless places i dont really care about. i want a tour but not like sightseeing more like getting to know the city. i have a few friends there already but they go to school so they really dont have the time. i need someone to help me find a place to rent. someone to help me go get my drivers license, you know stuff like this. what can i do im killing myself with stress here can someone put me in the right direction or help me out with this.
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Old 12-11-2007, 12:12 PM
 
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The things you're trying to do can only be done over time. Relax. If you are undoubtedly moving here, just get here first and then take care of everything once you get here, one thing at a time.

I moved here three years ago and feel like I just moved here. This place is enormous and there is more to do here than you can imagine.
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Old 12-11-2007, 12:19 PM
 
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im gonna be moving to the LA area after new years and i need help big time. the city is so big and i need someone to help me get used to the city. you know like getting around, using the metro, helping me learn the areas you know the basic stuff. just that i dont want to have to pay some big fee to have some loser tour guide take me around to useless places i dont really care about. i want a tour but not like sightseeing more like getting to know the city. i have a few friends there already but they go to school so they really dont have the time. i need someone to help me find a place to rent. someone to help me go get my drivers license, you know stuff like this. what can i do im killing myself with stress here can someone put me in the right direction or help me out with this.
Metro? What Metro? Do you mean that 3 miles of track from Hollywood to Union Station? This is L.A. you´re talking about. I hope you have a car. It´s absolutely essential in Southern California and I hope you like traffic. Do you want to see the real L.A.? Make your first stop 6th St. and Gladys and tell me what you think.

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The things you're trying to do can only be done over time. Relax. If you are undoubtedly moving here, just get here first and then take care of everything once you get here, one thing at a time.

I moved here three years ago and feel like I just moved here. This place is enormous and there is more to do here than you can imagine.
L.A. is spread out but it´s no NYC. Hell, after 1am L.A. is dead! L.A. is the pits. Overcrowded, dirty, the hands down worst traffic in America, and the people are as deep as rain puddles. I lived on the west side for 5 years and just got back to Manhattan. I´m glad to be home.

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Old 12-11-2007, 12:33 PM
 
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L.A. is spread out but it´s no NYC. Hell, after 1am L.A. is dead! L.A. is the pits. Overcrowded, dirty, the hands down worst traffic in America, and the people are as deep as rain puddles. I lived on the west side for 5 years and just got back to Manhattan. I´m glad to be home.

People say the same about NYC, so to each their own, right? If it was for everyone, everyone would live there.

For example, I ride motorcycles. You can't do that half the year in NY, so why would I move there? I can ride year-round in LA, and I'm within a few hours of good race tracks for track days. NYC doesn't have that.

But yeah, I agree that LA does shutdown WAY too early for such a big city. I would imagine it would be totally different if there was better public transportation and/or cabs were affordable. In NYC you don't need a car, so you can get sloshed a 4 am and hop in a cab. In LA you gotta drive.
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Old 12-11-2007, 03:31 PM
 
Location: SoFlo to SoCal (Hacienda Heights)
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People say the same about NYC, so to each their own, right? If it was for everyone, everyone would live there.
Thank you, well said. I'm so sick of everyone bashing other cities (and especially this one) that they think are inferior to theirs.

Los Angeles is a great big place, and there's plenty to do and see as motoman said. I second the car thing, you definitely need one. It might be a good idea to get a GPS too. That'll help you get around until you know your surroundings a little better. And while it is big, its really not that difficult to get around once you know the freeways and etc.
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Old 12-11-2007, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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LA only shuts down at 1AM if you don't know where to go, or if you only like nose-in-armpit hip-hop/top 40 meat markets. All the patrons there are taking off to go sleep with each other anyway, so why not have last call at 1:30 and close at 1:45?

The GOOD clubs stay up until the owner decides to call it quits. Usually between 4 and 6AM on regular nights. But you gotta know where to go, and have an open mind.

Being Carless:

You certainly can get around LA on the metro and on foot, though a skateboard, or bike (maybe a dahon collapsible) is a good idea as a backup. The rail, subway, and busway run to or close to most of the important spots with the glaring exception of the beach and nearby cities (except on the uber-expensive and unreliable Amtrak). Just don't be in a rush.

If you're into outdoor sports, you'll need to find a group and join their vanpool to the mountains, rivers, deserts, or beaches.

And there's always suckers who think you HAVE to have a car here, to mooch rides from.

Live where you work.

Craigslist is good for apartments. Be sure to check them out in person first.

Good luck.
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:59 PM
 
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well this wastnt much help. i am an interntaional event coordinator and interpreter so the club stuff aint **** for me. i mean i really ive worked in clubs my whole life almost.
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Old 12-11-2007, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Concrete Jungle
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Sorry you didn't receive the helpful response that you had hoped to receive. As you can tell, people here are busy and expect that you will be able to figure it out yourself and you will. None of this is very complicated. For most folks, they obtain their job first and then find a place to live that is within commuting distance to the job. If you will be living in the inner city, you will be able to take the metro train to many inner city locations, including the DMV. If you need help with anything in particular, contact me privately and I will try to point you in the right direction, if I know the answer myself.
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:54 AM
 
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well this wastnt much help. i am an interntaional event coordinator and interpreter so the club stuff aint **** for me. i mean i really ive worked in clubs my whole life almost.

Wow, that was the most thankless, selfish response I've heard in a while. How about you NOT moving to LA? We would appreciate it.

If there is something specific you want, then say so. Based on your last comment it sounds like you want someone to cart you around and do all the work for you.
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Old 12-13-2007, 08:56 PM
 
Location: CITY OF ANGELS AND CONSTANT DANGER
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just come here and check it out. aint no one gunna hold your hand thru it. unless your a kid. otherwise be grown and adventurous!
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