Gotta Love L.A.

[Drunken faffing deleted]

I love so many great cities around the world.  One of my favorites – if not my favorite – is Los Angeles.

LA Rain

Even as I type this, I miss it. I miss friends who live there, and wish I were driving north on the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Monica to Malibu in a fucking rented convertible blasting Randy Newman’s “I Love LA” on the stereo knowing every single lyric, singing along at the top of my voice, getting every reference and ignoring Newman’s sarcasm easy.

Rollin’ down the Imperial Highway
With a big nasty redhead at my side
Santa Ana winds blowin’ hot from the north
And we was born to ride.

born to ride

It is often said that home is where the heart is.  If so, my heart is everywhere – from Chicago

Boylan in the Bean

to Galway

An Pucan - my favorite pub in the world

to Ffestiniog


to Berlin

Berlin Love Parade2

to Jeddah

jeddah sculpture 1

to Johannesburg


to Melbourne

Melbourne Bride

and so many places in between, big and small.  I feel at home in so many places.  At peace. Comfortable. I understand.

I am an Angeleno.  I was an Angeleno even before I arrived with my mother and sister when I was 15. But I don’t even pretend to understand LA.  I suspect no does.  No one can.  LA is a constantly moving target. There is no direction. I mean that literally. If you ever spend time in LA you will find that your cardinal point send of direction will fade away.  You won’t know east and west, north and south: you’ll know streets and freeways.  It is a canvas that countless artists paint upon.  It is everything to everyone and anything to anyone.


My good friend Joseph snt me this picture that is simply perfectly “Los Angeles.”

Please click on the picture to see it in its full size so you can read those parking signs.

Makes perfect sense to me.

I love LA.



12 Responses to “Gotta Love L.A.”

  1. God my head hurts just looking at it.


  2. As Bruce Willis quipped in Die Hard “Fucking California”. Just adds to my theory of LA being a big pile of arse whipped into arse biscuits. My advice to people wanting to visit LA is to get the fuck out of there and try San Diego or Frisco. L.A. starts its bad news with LA Airport and it doesn’t get much better than that, except for Space Mountain. That was cool.


  3. Ah! Just like the parking signs ignored by Melbournians. Lovely!


  4. I was thinking the same thing CC. Well that and “Gotta Love L.A.” you can’t tell me what to love PNB.

    Unless it is space lesbians, I am on board with loving those.


  5. paulboylan Says:

    Part of the reason I love LA is the plethora of space lesbians that have made LA their home.


  6. paulboylan Says:

    Nick – I am not kidding about loving LA. I really do. There is no city on earth like it. Next time you pass through LA stop a day. I will show you around and change your mind.


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