I moved away from Los Angeles in 2005 for the desert sands (and then friendly real estate environment in comparison). Every time I come back here, I forget for a moment that I once lived here until I get my bearings and start driving around. Last night, it was Hollywood. I headed to the Arclight in Hollywood to take in The Fighter with my friend Tim (aka Timmaaaaay). Exiting the 101 at Vine Street, the dawning recognition set in: I used to take this exit every day.
I had a whopping 650 square foot studio with a separate kitchen (SHUT the front door), and where I turned right to head down Vine towards the theatre, I used to stay straight and begin the hunt for a parking space outside my $800/month dwelling treasure. Funny how I’d forgotten that.
And so it came to pass that the bright lights of Hollywood brought me to writing this Generic Blog Post.
I wonder what else I’ve forgotten. What I’ve remembered in their places. And how blogging/writing gives me an outlet for meandering through my mind via words.
I think that we quite often feel that blogs have to be heavy-hitting. Primed for massive retweet and sharing action. Speak to everyone and be laden with so much universal appeal that we shit ourselves in the race to get them out and set them loose as fast as we can. Aside from the ensuing skid marks…why?
But we run away from the Generic Blog Post. Like this one.
Maybe what I have to say isn’t important…earth-shattering enough. Laden with enough f-bombs or rich with sassy metaphors. But it’s what’s running through my red head today on a day following the realization that…
man, have I forgotten a lot of things over the years.
We’re richer and more complex than our protective outer layer, the one we let people see each and every day. We exist beyond our here and now (though we apparently do our damnedest to forget that). We forget where we used to live and how we got there. Yet when we pull into the familiar, we’re lucky enough to be graced with memories.
A generic, ordinary, everyday life. It makes for Generic Blog Posts like this one.
I like it. Look for more of them.