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Friday, February 8, 2008

East Coast, West Coast

Times Square
Photo by myself in Times Square, just outside the subway station at 42nd Street and 7th Avenue.

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Since this blog is supposed to feature New York, I'm posting a photo from last week from my intrepid trip into Times Square, the Tourist Vortex. (Does that facade scream 'Wash me, or what??')

I'm presently in LA, and this morning I stepped out of the car into the extremely bright and overbearing sunshine.

'My god, it is waaaay too bright here,' I said to my cousin. 'I just want to crawl into a dark hole.'

'Ah, the concrete jungle of the City,' he said.

Exactly.

You can get ill from getting too little sun. Is there something unhealthy about getting too much? I feel almost sickened by it. It's not sun stroke, but an uneasy claustrophobia, like 'Get me away from this place before my brain turns to mush.'

Speaking of mush, I hate to generalize, but I have to wonder whether another difference between New York and LA has to do with our opposing attitudes toward celebrity.

In LA, many people want to be celebrities, while in New York, celebrities walk about with the rest of us. We New Yorkers don't want to be one of them, we want to be the celebrity's neighbor. We want to live alongside whoever it is and lower them to our level.

It's just my theory. Perhaps I'm generalizing and making grand claims.

If so, I can always blame it on the sunshine.

California Hills
Above photo showing the hills around Los Angeles.

8 comments:

Reluctant Blogger said...

Ooh the sunshine sounds wonderful to me. It's funny how people react so differently to things.

It's sunny here at the moment actually so I don't feel too envious.

Kitty said...

Lol, I noticed how you'd just posted on sunshine, too.

I think for me, variety is key. Every day relentlessly sunny is a bit hard on the brain!

Confessions of a Paparazzi said...

I wish it was sunny here in NY today.

Pat said...

Well, it WAS sunny here this afternoon through a steady downfall of snow and so I set out with the camera but in no time the big black clouds came in and took over and no light was to be had for photography!!

Nice photos here today. I must return to NY again soon.

Pat

Guelph Daily Photo, My Photos.

Kitty said...

welcome hughe!
The winter can be a bit much in NY, I know. Around this time you're ready for Spring.

Welcome Pat!
it's tough when you're so dependent on good light for photos. I'd say 1/2 the time I can't take pictures because it's so gloomy. That wouldn't be a problem in Lala land!

Tammy said...

I would kill for some sunshine. It's so cold and dreary here. I'm thinking of running away to some tropical island. LOL!

Kizz said...

I don't think you're wrong about celebrity in the 2 towns. I love the way NYC approaches celebrity. My first celeb sighting when I moved to NYC 20 years ago was Jessica Tandy...walking down the stairs at the West 4th Street station and even then I knew that you don't run up to her and freak out you just think, "Huh, cool, Jessica Tandy rides my train."

Kitty said...

kizz, that's so cool.
I love Jessica Tandy. She'd be on my list to spot. Wow.