Re-Experiencing Los Angeles

I’m a native Southern Californian. Because I live in Los Angeles, the place where people all over the world come to follow their dreams of stardom, I am usually surrounded by transplants from other states or countries. Whenever someone around here asks me where I’m from, they are usually surprised to find that I’ve lived here my entire life. You wouldn’t think so, but it does seem rare to find natives to this area — at least in the groups of people I tend to know.

This past weekend, Chris and I had a day out with some friends: Josh, Christina and Charles. Charles is also a native Southern Californian and even grew up in the same area I did. Charles puts on slideshow performances showcasing found slides and he used to give his own special tour of Los Angeles where he equates certain parts of the city to parts of Disneyland. Trust me, it’s as interesting as it sounds. Click on his name to find out all about it.

Josh and Christina are old friends of Charles’ and Chris and I were lucky enough to tag along with them as they wandered the city. I was amazed at all of the things I did not know about this town. I was able to experience two very old Los Angeles landmarks for the first time (Clifton’s Cafeteria and Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater) and I had an absolute blast. As the title of this post implies, I was felt like I was experiencing Los Angeles again for the first time.

Luckily I remembered to bring my camera along for the journey, and here are a few of my favorites from the day.















  • Kayleen T. - Wow, that building with the graffiti is so cool! Especially the way you captured it!

  • Jordana - Holy crap that sounds amazing. I wouldn’t have even recognized these places as LA!

  • jenberry - that’s so funny. i just experienced cliftons for the first time as well. after 17 years of living here. Great potos.

  • Lisa W. - I LOVE Clifton’s! We took Lily there for her first time recently with my sister; hard to do cafeteria-style dining when one of you has to hold a squirmy toddler. And I love Charles Phoenix! He’s my retro hero. What’s the little back-alleyway-lookin’ place in #121?

    Great pics, as usual.

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