This is an Instagram shot I took last time I was in downtown LA. My friend and I took the metro from North Hollywood with the specific purpose of going downtown, checking the place out, getting drunk, and coming back, all without having to worry about driving. We only went to two bars but I still consider the night a success as we both still got drunk. We even took the wrong subway coming back (we still made it back safely).
Point is I’m obsessed with DTLA. Chico didn’t have all that urbany city tall ass skyscapery lights and stuff. That’s something I love about large metropolitan cities. There is always activity. Things are always happening, always moving. You can be lonely without actually being alone. Maybe it’s the other way around. Either way they are places where you can actually feed off the surrounding energy.
It’s the same reason why I love to be around stores and people during Christmas time, just as long as I’m not participating in the shopping. (Oh BTW that’s a thing I love to do). I love to feel the energy of the hustle and bustle, without dealing with its stress. Large cities have that energy, and you can absorb it any time of the year with little to no effort on your part.
I find it very cool that that picture isn’t just a picture. It’s a place I actually entered. I can look at an awesome photo of DTLA and not just stare at it in wonder, but actually choose to go there. I can drive to it, then through it, find a place to park within it, get out and walk along its streets, see the sights, see the people, feel bad for the homeless, feel the terrible air quality fill my lungs, stay a little bit longer before feeling a bit uncomfortable, get back in my car, get the fuck outta there, go home, and then sit comfortably on my couch while looking up more pics of DTLA on Instagram. Fact is I still have that choice.
Technically I’ve always had that choice but it’s a much easier choice now that I live here. Speaking of which, now that I’m living here, how long before I take this shit for granted and get all jaded? I’ve been here about two and half months so maybe another few months before I start reacting to DTLA with a simple “meh.” Is that when I start becoming a hipster?