Saturday, November 5, 2016

Breaking up is so very hard to do...

In about three years or so, Mr and Mrs Grouch will be leaving Los Angeles, aka L.A. aka La-La land for North Carolina.

We came to L.A. some 28 years ago for the same reasons that so many others traveled here: a new opportunity, the excitement of Hollywood, the wonderful weather.  We found all of that and more.

We found new friends and stunning scenery.  We found fun and excitement in the many performance venues and movie studios.  We found the desert and Big Bear mountain, Che-Che's ranch and the Ventura beach.  We found hiking in the nearby hills and Hart mansion.  Magic Mountain, Disneyland, and Knott's Berry Farm.  The Saugus marching band, jazz nights at Vincenzo's and the pumpkin patch at Lombardi's farm.  AYSO soccer on Saturday and Roscoe's agility trials.  Molly winning Nuts for Mutts by jumping for a fly swatter!  The quilting guild and quilt shows, weekend off roading and 'the trip from hell' that terrified the Missus.

Young son was born here and our granddaughter was born here too.  Family members and  friends passed away while we lived here.  Car crashes were survived here and the much loved black Aztek was totaled on the freeway but saved my life here.

Two Grouch children left for the military from here and one of them went off to war and returned to here.

So much Grouch history revolves around L.A.

But our time here is like a passionate relationship that ultimately cools.  The excitement and the thrill of being here has been overwhelmed by the dark side of Los Angeles:  the horrible traffic that steals weeks from our lives; the absurd financial expense of living here; the nanny state government that insinuates into every facet of our lives; the crowds of 'special people' who don't have to follow the rules because they are after all 'special people'... I could go on but I won't.

But even with all of that, I still love L.A. and always will.   I saw the trailer for the  upcoming movie "La-La Land" and it brought tears to my eyes, not because it was bad but because it showed so many of the places that we have been and loved and that I know I will miss.  The movie looks to be great fun and the male star looks a lot like Older Son!

(Click the link below for the movie trailer - sorry about the mandatory commercial but the Adobe one is amusing)

I imagine leaving L.A. will be like leaving a relationship with someone you once loved; you remember the fun and good times and leave the bad times behind.

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