The thing about Southern California is that even if you’ve never been there, you’ve been there. You’ve seen Los Angeles in movies and you’ve felt it, too, because LA culture seeps into American culture deeply and quickly. Visiting becomes a strange exercise in discovering things you don’t think you know, only to realize that the sights were already imprinted in your mind.
Every time I’m there, it’s hard not to feel like an anthropologist — and better yet, the city welcomes curious eyes. New York wants you to be blasé, shrugging at much of its marvels as though it’s no big thing. Los Angeles shouts until you look, and then it demands you to look some more. So without further ado, a completely unfair list of odd things about LA. (more…)