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Old 08-14-2009, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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I'd say the best thing to do is go visit for yourself. You're going to get, and have gotten, many different answers on here. Some people bashing LA, some people defending LA, and others who are in the middle.

In my opinion, no, it's not like on TV or in movies. Most TV shows and movies show LA as being a utopia. I love visiting California though. I visit my friends in Pasadena. I like it, but no, it's not like what you see on tv and such. Go to donwtown LA for example. A lot of movies make it seem like it's amazing, but in reality it's just like every other big city. There's some beautiful spots, just like the ones they show in cut-scenes on the shows like Laguna Beach and The Hills, but their are also some other spots that are gross.

The media kind of has a biasness on certain cities. California, especially LA, is shown as a perfect place to live with beautiful weather, beautiful people, and happiness from everyone. Cleveland on the other hand, is shown as a crap city with nothing going for it and everyone is depressed and the sun never shines. No, Cleveland can't compare to LA, but they do have things in common. Both cities have nasty looking parts, while other spots are beautiful looking. Both places have attractive and unattractive people. Both cities have happy people and depressed people.

The point is, visit for yourself and find out from your own eyes. Some people love LA, while others hate it. Too many people though assume the best and the worst due to what they hear or see. Really, to make a judgement, it's just better to go for yourself and see with your own eyes.
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:58 PM
 
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1. You graduated from a liberal arts school whose football team hasn’t won a game since the Reagan administration.

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Old 08-28-2009, 04:47 PM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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PS: And no, thousands of high-qualified, well-paid citizens are moving out, while millions of low-paid workers are moving in. If you want to move to California, better have a well-paid job because the taxes and prices for the same standard of living as e.g. in the South are way higher.

When I moved out of CA, I was between a rock & a hard spot to find a one way truck rental. I was told that not enough trucks were coming back. I had to use Penske & it cost me an arm, a leg & more.

However, it may take an Angeleno to appreciate Hollywood the way it really is. I know people abroad get that cute look on their faces when they imagine going to Hollywood... much like the look some people get when talking about NY.

I'm sure if you signed up for a nice "tour" you'd see a nice version. I certainly enjoyed the tours I've taken, in my short travelling experiences.

Kate, former Angeleno
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Old 08-28-2009, 04:53 PM
 
Location: where the moss is taking over the villages
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Cops are absent on the freeways, so people go 100mph and shoot at each other and are not ticketed--yes, seriously. Image is priority here, bordering on pretentious, and shamefully ludicrous with some senior women tragically dressing like clown-inspired playboy bunnies.
The more civilized drivers throw their cute little h2o bottles instead of shooting a pistol... That really puts their point across.

Nice thing about the PNW is that cosmetic competition seems to only exist among the university crowd.

former LA fwy driver, Kate
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