[LMB] Re: OT: Cars. etc.

Azalais Malfoy tiamat at tsoft.com
Tue, 25 Nov 2003 13:10:07 -0800 (PST)

On Tue, 25 Nov 2003, Alexandra Haropulos wrote:

> Azalais Malfoy wrote:
> > It's because of my suburban childhood that I wouldn't move to the
> > suburbs with or without a kid, even at gunpoint.
> And my husband, who grew up in the city, wouldn't move back at
> gunpoint. Even after 30-odd years living in the suburbs he
> still exclaims at the beauty of the quiet, the trees and the
> wildlife. My father (God rest him) was the same way. I don't
> believe I've ever known anyone as interested in nature and
> natural history.

This does not sound like the suburbs with which I am familiar.
God help any nature or wildlife that managed to wander into such
a place.  Or any spot of ground not covered with pavement, a
garden, or grass (that last of which to which I'm allergic).

In some of the worst California suburbs, the houses have to all
look alike!  I got lost many times during the week the mad ex and
I lived in his parents' house while looking for the apartment in
San Francisco.  It took me several days to learn to tell the
houses apart.  I am a girl who learned her way around Ikebukuro
(a district of Tokyo) in a couple of days, mind you.

> I suppose the city is okay if you can live in the East
> Eighties, or something like that.

Nah, I live in the Mission district.  It's not Hunter's Point
(which looks like a scary rap video), but it's not Nob Hill or
Russian Hill, either.  I've been pickpocketed on the 14 Mission
bus line, so I avoid that one.

But I have three other major bus lines, a train line, a BART
station, and a UCSF shuttle stop (I work at UCSF) within four
blocks of my apartment.  I take cabs back from the grocery store
when I have too much stuff to carry on the bus or train, or don't
get up in time to catch the shuttle to work.  There's a park a
block away (unfortunately it's the one that all the @#$@#%$
anti-war protests leave from, waking me up way too early on
weekend mornings ever since 9/11) and Japantown and Chinatown are
really close by.

(I will NEVER again live in a place without a large Asian
enclave.  I use Japanese-old-lady-shampoo with camellia oil in
it, which enables me to grow my hair some 6" longer than
anything else has.  Among other things.)

> Now I, having grown up in suburbia, would love to live in
> the remote country. The grass is always greener...

Not for me.

I could be happy living in the remote country only if I had
someone that I paid to drive me around, someone to clean my house
(I don't want anything bigger than a 2-bedroom apartment if I'm
cleaning it, thanks), someone to do the yard work (I'm allergic
to grass), etc.

"That wickedness weltering around inside of you, inside of everyone, is
sacred somewhere.  There's a deity out there who digs it.  You can respect
and love your darkest side, disposing only of what is obsolete or
impractical.  It's all about giving yourself permission." --Jack Darkhand

"It is better to be cruel for love than for hate." --Thomas Burnett Swann