Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Downtown Los Angeles Traffic

Los Angeles is not a pretty city, but it's been home for a good number of years now. The LA "River" is just a big empty concrete channel until the rains come.
Downtown Los Angeles Traffic 1
As I headed westbound on the 10 freeway to meet up with my friend, E(L) for dinner at Messob Ethiopian Restaurant, I was struck by several things. We've been friends since we met through a mutual friend at a convention in Boston a decade ago. Two moves later for me, and for her, and we somehow both ended up in LA. We've both switched careers. She's seen all the little girls grow up. We even once took them to Chuck E. Cheese's. We don't talk or see each other all that regularly, but we've somehow managed to stay friends.
Downtown Los Angeles Traffic 2
Yes, LA has smog that leaves an ever-present smudge on the horizon.
Downtown Los Angeles Traffic 3
Yes, the traffic can sometimes be a pain in the derriere.
Downtown Los Angeles Traffic 4
But, if you have family around and friends that have somehow lasted through moves and career switches (often the death knell for some of my other friendships), LA isn't such a bad place.


  1. Haha, traffic is a pain during the rush hours! LA looks pretty nice with the clouds :)...but I agree, not everywhere looks that nice.

    You might want to blur that Mercury Mariner's license plate in the last photo just in case so that no one gets at you...

  2. LA traffic is no joke!I remember coming into town from inland empire at 11pm and there was bumper to bumper traffic. i asked myself, seriously? My buds told me that if there is no traffic, the county will do things that will cause traffic purposely.

  3. I think L.A. is beautiful. Even this. :)

  4. I love my adopted home--the good, the bad and the ugly. Next month marks 29 years I've been here, although in the South Bay and not LA proper, but I would really love to live in the city.

  5. ETE,
    I thought the traffic looked pretty nice with the lights and the sunset in the background.

    Inland Empire at 11 p.m. sounds like people coming back from Vegas. :)

    Weezer Monkey,
    Ha! Spoken like a SoCal gal.

    I didn't realize it has been so long for you!

  6. Craving Cinnabon,
    It's not for everyone. :(


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