Saturday, August 8, 2015

LA 72* --- Day 4/191

Walk: Sundance Kabuki (The End of the Tour)
Distance: 2 miles

Emptiness is its essence.  L.A.  That is how it seems to Ciwt, which sounds like a write-off or put down but isn't.  L.A. is filled with light, over 18 million people (greater area), people of many ethnicities and a multitude of religious beliefs.  There are jobs here, broad based economic opportunity particularly in the entertainment and service industries.  There there is immense wealth, much of it ostentatious, a large middle class and dire poverty and hard times, probably much more than can be seen.  L.A.'s West coast is lined with a seemingly continuous beautiful beach, and mountains rise near it, some low, pretty, snowless  and others high enough to receive and retain snow.

Ciwt can totally understand being happy living down there in all that sun and beauty and opportunity.
And she's looking forward to walking around Santa Monica, downtown, Pasadena and other venues in the future.

So much in every direction and category, but to Ciwt it doesn't seem as if anything can ever fill that emptiness at its essence.  Not the art which continues to be brought there in collections-filled museums.  Nor the other music, dance and theater culture centers or the millions of cars and throngs of tourists.  More and more and more is brought, but it doesn't do the trick as far as Ciwt can sense.

There just aren't any borders somehow.  Like shopping malls don't have them. Expansive, gorgeous definitely real but somehow coming across as scenery - even when you are out in the real mc coy. Maybe because you are always, always on or looking at hard surface - roads, avenues, streets, stucco buildings often coldly art deco, a few skyscrapers, and walls of privacy fences.  The imported trees rise out of it, beaches can't usually be seen from it and it goes on and on and on no matter what direction you look.

Nothing necessarily against all this. Just saying.....For now, as yesterday's private L.A. tour continues to sink in.

*Famously said (by New Yorkers - not Ciwt) re: LA and 72:

When it's 100 degrees in New York, it's 72 in Los Angeles.  When it's 30 degrees in New York, it's still 72.  However, there are 6 million interesting people in New York, and only 72 in Los Angeles.   Neil Simon

Los Angeles is 72 suburbs in search of a city.   Dorothy Parker

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