LA Blogs' Friday Questions

Friday, August 06, 2004, at 07:27AM

By Eric Richardson

Jonah is asking people a set of questions about LA this morning over at LA Blogs. I think they're interesting questions and he's been doing really cool stuff over there of late, so I figure I'll take a minute to put some answers here.

  • How long have you lived in Los Angeles?

I arrived in LA on August 21, 2001.

  • Were you born here?

No, I was born in Columbia, SC; home of the other USC.

  • How long did you plan on staying here originally?

I came out here for college, so I guess originally would be four years. Or, at my pace, four and a half or so (though I didn't know that then).

  • How long do you plan on staying here now?

No clue. Probably not forever.

  • What keeps you here?

Well, school for one. But also just the idea that I live in a place that's alive with options. There's always something going on that sounds interesting. The music scene is amazing. Being able to go see any indie film I want is amazing. Being so close to the ocean, the mountains, huge parks, the desert, Vegas...

  • What makes you want to leave?

I don't really see LA as a place I'd want to raise a family. It can be done, and I know plenty of native LA people who came out just fine, but I don't really know that it's the life for me. The south beckons me to return...

  • What is your biggest suprise about living here?

I guess just the random people I've met outside of school. And I guess the the sense in which there really isn't a single "LA". There's downtown, the westside, the eastside... It's all "LA", but there's no way to umbrella it all together.

  • What is your biggest disappointment about living here?

Not living at the beach. I want a beach house.