What Happens When You Aren’t A Tourist?
I read about Booger Red’s a few days before I left home and decided it would be among the first places I visited when I reached town. It was an arbitrary decision based upon a name that caught my eye and a desire to not be the untourist in my new city.
What it means is that I decided that when I got to town I was going to hit the ground running and start to soak up the sights and scenes. I wanted to establish a connection and a familiarity with everything sooner than later.
Part of doing that requires visiting the “touristy” stuff with the knowledge I don’t have to do it all in one fell swoop because I am not a tourist. I live here.
Three Big Words
I live here.
Those are three big words, massive. They are part of setting the tone and starting things off in the right fashion.
It doesn’t mean that I am not an Angeleno or that I am going to forget where I come from. I will always bleed Laker purple and gold and Dodger blue. Los Angeles is always my home and there may come a day when I will return for more than just a visit.
But I can’t straddle the fence and say this is a temporary situation. All that is temporary is living out of a suitcase and that won’t last much longer.
So I am spending much of my free time as the untourist doing the tourist thing and seeing the sights. I am scouting out places to take the family and learning how to get around.
After two days of driving around I am starting to feel like I have a decent sense of where I am in relationship to everything else. It is not perfect and I am sure I’ll continue to get lost but that is part of how you learn your way around.
It also makes me wonder about how many things and experiences I never did/had back home. I am confident in saying I covered the big ones and that I have been to most places that the tourists like to visit around Los Angeles.
Farmers Market, Hollywood Bowl, Westwood, the beach, Dodger Stadium, Disneyland and all of the other theme parks that stretch out to San Diego are covered. I know them all because I have been to each multiple times.
Hit a ton of the other stuff small and big that weren’t mentioned here as well, but there have to be things that I didn’t get to.
Truth is you can’t get to everything and it is kind of silly for me to try and fit a lifetime of experiences here into three days but that is just how I roll.