Friday, April 20, 2012

To Live and Die in LA

In 2001, after I visited Los Angeles and officially accepted my offer to attend USC, I played 2Pac's To Live and Die in LA on repeat in my car for days (because, ya know, I was hard-core, little, suburban blond girl that had 2Pac CDs). I was so excited that I was going to be living in the City of Angels.

So 11 years later it's a very bittersweet feeling to be leaving.

There are a few things about LA that I'm going to miss. A LOT. 

First and foremost, my friends. I've been best friends with these girls since college and I'm gonna miss them like crazy. But I'm sure I'll be back in LA a lot to see them.

Being just 25 minutes away from my beloved USC. Our commute to home games just got a lot longer. 

Our church, The Garden. We were SO blessed to find an amazing community of believers right here in downtown Long Beach. I'll miss our pastor, our church friends, and being able to walk to Sunday morning gatherings.
The USC Long Beach Alumni Club. I've loved getting to know this crazy crew over the past couple of years. Good people.

Our favorite restaurants and bars in Long Beach. Congregation Ale House, District Wine, Beachwood BBQ, Yard House, Allegria, Le Creparie, Wokano, George's Greek, and 555 East - I will miss you and your delicious eats, but my waistline won't!

There are a lot of things I won't miss, including, not limited to: LAX, The 405, pretentious Hollywood-types, the brown LA haze /smog, driving into West LA on the clogged side-streets, power plants/oil refineries located next to beaches, and random traffic jams at midnight.

The countdown is on, in just three weeks I'll no longer be a resident of LA. Eeeek!


B. Wilson said...

I love George's Greek!

LWLH said...

I felt the same way when I left FL...atleast your still in the state :)

Miss Sweet Tea said...

So excited for you! I feel the same way about leaving (moving back home to GA next week). I'll miss my friends and favorite spots, but other than that, LA has more negatives than pro's. For me, at least! Good luck with your move!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

You'll always be able to drive up though!!! How exciting for a new start though!

Jodi said...

SO exciting that you'll be in San Diego though! I think San Diego must be on the top of most people's list when they think about "dream places to live." I loved living in Long Beach but sure didn't appreciate the oil refineries either!! They really know how to make the landscape look ugly.

Dee Stephens said...

I think SD is great too! I think you'll be elated with your decision! Good Luck!

Leah said...

I'm sure SD will be amazing!

Chic Runner said...

I'm sad becuase I will miss you too! I'm so excited for you guys though, and SD will be awesome in so many new, different ways! :) Good luck with the move!

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