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Sunday, February 13, 2005

Sunday Morning in L.A.

Posted 8:22am...

Sunday morning in L.A. The sun, the trees, the gospel music on the radio, the smell of fresh brewed coffee, the multitudes walking around in flip flops and sweat shirts. The deliberate pace that belies the city's reputation for being "too fast-paced." That doesn't apply today. Not on this Sunday morning in L.A.

Even with all that's going on this weekend; it's calm and peaceful right now. On Sunday morning. Every other day, things get so crazy and living life is hard to do*. But today, with the right breeze, you can see forever in those mountains. You can see past the smog and the traffic and the pretentiousness that permeates the Southland. You can see past the Governator and the LAPD and the airport. You can see yourself living here on a Sunday morning.

Your fingers can trace every outline of the scenery: the sidewalk cafes, the star sightings, the Jamba Juices on every corner. You can window shop on Melrose and imagine there being an actual Fresh Prince in Bel Air. You can drive past the movie and television studios and wonder which show is being shot, which dream is coming true at that very moment. You can anticipate the very best in music being inches away from you, being rewarded for doing what they do best. You can let your mind wander to all of those things. It's Sunday morning in L.A.

You can paint a picture of success with your hands out here. The sun has that affect on you. The momentary rain, while a burden for East Coast dwellers, is just that...temporary. You can hear the little orphan bellowing out her famous words, knowing that she speaketh the truth, that the sun will come out tomorrow. Maybe even later today. Here you can change the weather and be together when it ends. That's the way it is here...on a Sunday morning.

No worries about work, about sitting in bumper to bumper gridlock traffic, no concerns about hurrying to eat breakfast or to walk the dog or to get the kids dressed. You can go pick up some groceries, take your time. Drive slow on a Sunday morning to Venice Beach and get some inline skating in while the sun is bright. Drive slow to San Diego and take a cruise to Catalina Island. Drive slow to Tiajuana and spend the day not drinking the water. Take a long slow drive up the coast until you get tired and head on back. Steal a day from work and drive slow to Vegas for some good gambling and old fashioned debauchery. The snow is only an hour away.

Those are your options on a Sunday morning.

There's always Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles, conveniently located at different posts throughout the city. So many restaurants to prep for later in the day. Santa Monica will give you the scenery you crave as you shop on the promenade. A matinee with family and friends can be enjoyed at The Grove. Get your lashes curled on La Cienega. Pedicure on Pico. Manicure on Melrose. Oil changed on Olympic. Buy veggies in the Valley. See the stars' homes. The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Brunch that lasts til after 4.

Welcome to L.A., baby!

It's a place to come and visit. A place to come and rest your bones. A place to sway like branches in the storm. A place to lay on beaches in the morn. It's the time where I feel at rest, at peace with myself and with the world.

Someday, L.A., because of these Sunday mornings, because of the way they make me feel like I never want to leave...these Sunday mornings may just lead me back to you. Someday it may just lead me back to you...

*Maroon 5, thanks for the inspiration...

scribbled by Will at 8:27 AM
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Blogger Zantiferous3 commented at February 13, 2005 at 4:41 PM~  

Damn... you're making ME wonder about living out there... and I am a NEW YORKER to my heart and you KNOW how most of US feel about the left coast.

Blogger Zantiferous3 commented at February 13, 2005 at 4:46 PM~  

Never mind... I got a little sidetracked by you waxing poetic about LA *still LOLing about you suing Tony Toni Tone* and I snapped out of it just as I hit the Login and Publish button. Mudslides, earthquakes ("the big one" in particular), forest fires... *shaking head* lead me back to chicken parm and cannolis on Mulberry, Shrimp with Broccoli on Canal, my aspirin at Duane Reade and my sandwiches on fresh marble rye... my diamonds on 46th street and my fashion on 7th Avenue. I'm straight fantasizing about living back "up top" (as they say) and I feel almost adulterous even entertaining the thought of *spitting word out* CALIFORNIA... despite what Biggie might have told me. As LL said... "I don't think so." LOL

Blogger Yolie commented at February 13, 2005 at 6:33 PM~  

This is the kind of picture painting that gets you hooked. Look, I just got to Atlanta, don't have me packing up again. LOL

I'm gonna do like X and snap out of it.

Blogger btrfly_locs commented at February 14, 2005 at 6:16 AM~  

Funny you should mention Sunday Morning, that is the song I am listening to.

Anyway...you have a way of painting a picture of a city that has overwhelmed me by it's ostentatiousness. I have never been able to see the quaintness that you have described. I'll be looking for it on my next visit.

Blogger E to the dwige commented at February 14, 2005 at 7:21 PM~  

hmmm my 4 hour trip to L.A on Jan 1 included a big rain storm...so right not I'm not loving it..I have to get back out there sometime next summer so I'll reserve my complete opinion until then. Can't wait to see your pics if you have any.

Blogger c-breezy commented at March 1, 2005 at 1:15 AM~  

Nice post. I'm an LA girl at heart...but I'm not afraid of living in other places. Loved atlanta, but it's too slow there sometimes. Never been to NY though...I'll be there for memorial day.

Blogger Lambchop commented at March 2, 2005 at 9:31 AM~  

Will, that was so beautiful! I'm assuming you must enjoy Maroon 5? I love them!! You are so eloquent and you really do paint a beautiful picture of LA. Now I gotta come back down and visit.
Thanks for visiting our blog!Blessings!


Blogger piranha commented at June 13, 2005 at 11:50 AM~  

now i can wait even less to see it with my own eyes! i'll be there in september!!!!
oh, will, thank you for your blogs....

Blogger dayna commented at July 22, 2005 at 12:29 AM~  

wow...you painted a serious picture of LA. I need to hang with you because this former East Coaster is violently rejecting L.A. It has it's nice qualities, I suppose but being a person who thrives off of human interaction...I'm melting...I'm melting....

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