Saturday, November 17, 2012

East of Los Angeles

This was originally posted in text form on Oak Tree Press's blog. Here I am reading it as we drive through my part of Los Angeles. This road, at least, hasn't changed.


The impact of living in Los Angeles on my writing has been unbelievably powerful. My desire to leave Los Angeles has been equally powerful. How has place changed your view of the world?

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  1. Very nice "Lloydy Bear"

    I can get a sense of this main character now based on location.

    It is very interesting how our environment impacts who we become; actions, morals, etc.

    If I had never been to Mt. Sac I would have never had met so many amazing friends including you, Michelle, And some of my other friends I'd love for you to meet.

    I am thankful that you are around as well! I am sure others would agree that you have made a magnificint impact on us.

    We are all connected.

    Keep up the awesomeness!

    -Oilim (Milio)

    PS I'll be in the english offices at 3 on Monday. Hope you are there I need to talk to you, man.

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  2. Come by any time Milio. I am there for conversation and advice.

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  3. This video is great, works really with the narration.

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    1. THanks Elder. I was a block away from your place when I was filming this!

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  4. John this is another interesting concept that works well. You keep coming up with great ideas and excellent blog topics. Well done.
    Chris Swinney

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  5. John, Los Angeles is a state of mind, a land of great and goofy culture, and certainly a major part of the American patchwork quilt. Your vlog does it justice. I lived in L.A. the summer of 1963, when I was a copy boy for the LA Times; it was my 21st summer, and I think I found adulthood there. I fell in love with the summer nights of Southern California. No wonder you write in and about that place.

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    1. That was a great place to have a job in a great time in the world. The LA Times of that era was kind of amazing. It's a place that I hate and love and my relationship with it will always be conflicted.

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  6. Like Tobacco Road, I hate L.A. cause it's filthy (or overcrowded, or smoggy, or too "L.A.", etc. etc. etc.), but I love it 'cause it's home. Like you, I have memories layered upon memories, no matter where I travel in the basin and beyond. In fact, my memories are so layered, they are looking better than that layered wardrobe I have so carefully cultivated for the hot days and cold nights of L.A.

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    1. Absolutely. I think it takes living here to understand the level of hatred and love we all have for it!

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  7. Guilty. I was born and raised in So. California. In fact my family goes back several generations in Los Angeles so we have plenty of history there. I left in 1982, but in the past few years I've gone back to do library presentations in several different areas. I have to admit that the changes break my heart because I grew up in Covina when it was mostly orange groves, no freeways and plenty of open space to have a childhood. On the other side of the coin, I chose Los Angeles for both of my series because it's a place where you can get lost and stay lost, and if you're going to write a mystery... Well, there's enough of a population that you could write about a murder every day and get away with it. I love what it used to be.
    Marja McGraw

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    1. I arrived here a few years before you left. It's an interesting place. Too hot. Too crowded, but home. The last bit of your post reminds me of The Naked City. "There are a million stories ..." Both you and it are right.

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    2. By the way, did you recognize the street? I was on Arrow off near Damien High School in San Dimas.

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  8. I'm thinking about the distractions when driving after looking at your vlog. You say "we" were driving, so maybe someone else was holding the camera. Did you speak into a mike as you were driving? Or--was someone else driving while you spoke and manned the camera? Very Hollywood, however you did this. Sorry I don't know southern California, but you seem to be grounded there and, love it or hate it or both, it works for you.

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    1. No, don't worry Eileen. I was in the passenger seat. My wife was driving. I held the camera and read from the script.

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