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California Dreams: Why I Love L.A.

Updated on May 3, 2012
Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles | Source

© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.

I’ve lived, visited and enjoyed many of the world’s great cities like New York, Paris, London, Hong Kong and Mexico City. And while each urban center has its charms, I keep returning to Los Angeles where a job move dropped me in the distant past. You’re about to find out why this is the greatest city on Earth. But don’t think this is a pollyana celebration of a fantasy. An Angeleno’s relationship with his abode is complicated. You can read about the flip side in California Nightmares: Why I Hate L.A.

Santa Monica sun.
Santa Monica sun. | Source


The weather is irrelevant when you plan for and go through your day. In places like Seattle, when the weatherman predicts 20 percent chance of rain, it rains. In L.A., 40 percent chance of rain means the sun will be out. T-shirt and shorts are the standard uniform for outdoor activities even in the middle of winter. You can drag your recycling bin to the curb or pick up letters from your communal mailbox in your bare feet. And the only snow you’ll encounter is in the malls and theme parks for holiday displays.

Venice Beach Hot Bodies


The guys may be hunky in Rio and the girls tres chic in Paris but the reflections in our magic mirrors are the fairest ones of all. Surrounded by the icons of movies, TV, fashion and other entertainment, we define good looks and tell the entire world exactly what that is. Because we can’t hide a bulging paunch or cottage-cheese legs under layers of winter clothing, we eat right, work out and sometimes surgically remove our imperfections until we meet our own high standards. And whether your tastes run to dark chocolate or creamy milk, you’ll find your favorite mix of race and nationality within city limits.

A smile for you.
A smile for you. | Source


The way we need to connect with people is perhaps the first thing visitors notice about Angelenos. We say “hi,” ask about the weather, tell you our opinion and hope you have a nice day, even if we don’t know you from Adam. The cynics may detect the desire for a bigger tip behind the smile of a waitress. But how then to explain the executive who helps you find your way because you’ve got a map, the grandma who talks to you about your baby while you’re in line, or the teen who shows you a cute kitten on her smartphone? You’re not alone for long in the City of Angels.

30 L.A. Cuisines

Argentinian, Basque, Cajun, California Fusion, Crepe, Cuban, Egyptian, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Indian Vegetarian, Israeli, Japanese, Mexican Yucatan, Mexican, Moroccan, Persian, Peruvian, Salvadorean, Sicilian, Tuscan, Ukrainian, Vegetarian, Vietnamese and Waffle.


In many states of the union, you’d be hard-pressed to find an African shop. Here, we have entire neighborhoods devoted to Ethiopia only. Want to dance to some Latin music? Then specify whether it’s salsa, rumba, cha-cha, Tejano or Reggaeton, or you’ll be in the wrong club. And tourists can come for a month and dine on a different type of cuisine every day. Check out the list of my 30 favorites on the right.


Our cultural diversity directly feeds into my favorite quality of L.A. Originality is a requirement. We shun the conventional as boring, and thrive on the bold, the unusual and the one-of-a-kind. Think about all the ideas that have come from our area to influence the country and the world, though not always for the better: movies, drive-in restaurants, Thai BBQ pizza, sentences that end with a rising tone, property tax revolts and theme parks. Because the region is an entertainment capital, we spread this influence through movies, TV programs, magazines, games, websites and music. So, much of L.A.’s culture has become the world’s popular culture.

Be sure and check out the companion article California Nightmares: Why I Hate L.A.

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    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and thanks for sharing.

      Take care and enjoy your day.


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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      alocsin - your a hubaholic. :D Great hub, though!! I once lived in Denver, CO for 11 months. Couldn't stand it. Had to move back out to the simple rural life in western NC. Alas, I'll have to check out why you "hate" LA, too. :)

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Aurelio ~ Nicely presented Hubpages about loving L.A. and great closing video song. Blessings, Debby

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      Sunshyne1975 5 years ago from California, US

      Awesome! I love California and would have a hard time living anywhere else. Great hub. Voted up!

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      MMott1 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great Hub! Lots of useful information.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, and awesome. I always hit myself for not going there when I lived in AZ. Great story Alocsin. I hope to actually move there one day. I got big dreams!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for stopping by. And I too enjoyed LA Story, formosangirl.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Alocsin, may I suggest one of my favorite movies, LA Story with Steve Martin. Voted up and interesting.

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      hush4444 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I agree - even though I live in Hawaii, I still love L.A.! Maybe because I grew up in Huntington Beach, I love the beach, the people, and the sun! I miss the restaurants and the action - there's always something going on. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.