Well it's FINALLY over, Laura and I are now happily in debt for the next 30 years so that we can be home owners. Actually it's been official for a few weeks now, but we haven't had the chance to move into the house yet because there's renovation work that needs to be finished before we can live in it. However that should be finished enough for us to move in next weekend. Needless to say we're extremely excited. The process has been nothing short of a nightmare but it finally did have the desired outcome.In other news, a friend's wedding in California afforded me my very first trip to Los Angeles. I've been to California a number of times in my life, much of my family lives up in the northern part of the state. However I'd never had occassion to venture down into southern California before now. I honestly wasn't sure that I was going to like it. Four years in New York kind of burned me out on cities in general for the time being and I had never really had much desire to go to LA before. Sure I'm a movie nut and there's that aspect to it but the city never really held any appeal to me as a visitor or tourist.
"California: bordering always on the Pacific and sometimes on the ridiculous." - George Carlin
Another odd mixed aspect to LA is it's general attitude towards the seedier sides of life. Take Hollywood Blvd, only a few blocks down from the major tourist traps (and right near most of the parking) are porn and fetish clothing stores. No secrets, right there for all to see. Sure New York had them too but they were more hidden away, kept to the less reputable streets. LA by contrast wears it's sleaze on it's arm, which I kind of admire. However this open acceptance of what some consider "daker" sides of humanity has a flip side. Namely I saw more obvious drug addicts in two days in LA than I saw in four years living in New York. In a way it felt worse that the problem was right there for all to see rather than being hidden away, especially since Los Angelinos are clearly so good at ignoring this particular problem.
All that said it was a fun place to visit and I do hope to get another chance to go there and maybe spend a little more time. Actually California in general is a place I'd like to spend more time in, and I probably would if flying wasn't both expensive and a big pain in the ass. Oh well, that's it for now. I'm not sure when I'll get another update since I'll be occupied with moving things and then the holidays, but we'll see.