I’ve officially been in this city for a year and a half, and I’ve noticed a few things that happen here that rarely happened at home. Some have become my pet peeves. I just thought it’d be humorous to share them with you:
I have noticed this time and time again. I ride the elevator down or up to where I’m going. There are people waiting on the other end. For whatever reason, they don’t like waiting for the person to get out of the elevator before entering. I’ve never seen this anywhere else prior to here, and it happens to me repeatedly!
Yes, I get it. There are bad drivers EVERYWHERE. Unfortunately, around LA, because there are more people, there just seems to be a lot of annoyances. The car that creeps out to block traffic so he can get in instead of just waiting for his turn, the cars that don’t know how to utilize the center turn lanes so they continously block traffic. The other day as I was driving, someone merging right into my lane without bothering to look to see if anyone was coming, or my favorite was when I saw this vehicle swerve right then quickly left again then zoom to the exit where they then hit one of the signs off the side of the exit. I’ve seen a lot of stuff around here!
3) Not going a day without being asked for money
Homelessness is a growing issue, and I understand this. I feel so helpless though as I can barely make ends meet. But I rarely go a day without being asked for money in some sort of way. Whether it’s at the street corners as I drive by, or whether it’s going in and out of the stores I visit on a frequent basis, etc.
4) Business Cards
I’ve never to be a place where so many business cards have been handed to me. I understand now, because I’m a blogger, why those are handed to me, but I’m handed them at any social function I go to, any art event I’m headed to, anywhere I go in this city. My question is this: what do people do with all the business cards they receive? Do they add them to their email list? How do you organize them? These are the questions I still don’t have the answers to.
5) Paying for Parking
One thing I do love about my job is all the stores I frequent (except 2) have parking where I do not have to pay for it. However, anywhere else I go in this city expect to pay for parking. Oh, it’s only 5 dollars, oh, it’s only 3 dollars, but it all adds up.
6) The Cops
It really bothers the heck out of me that cops have ticket quotas to meet in this city. This city is huge, and my understanding is that cops are suppose to protect and serve, not be out trying to pull over as many people as they can. And I’ve never seen more cars being pulled over in my life since being out here. Anyone else have issues with this? With my luck I just put a mark on my back 😉
7) The issues with tripods!
I am a photographer, and there have been a ton of times where I’ve been asked not to take a picture of something, or that I can not utilize my tripod there. The reasoning? I’m sure it’s because they don’t want their prints of their building or place to be sold without some sort of payment being sent to them, so they make it difficult to attain said picture. Other places have said no to the tripod based on safety concerns. Whatever excuse, I’ve heard it all.
Anyways, I’d love to hear some of your LOS ANGELES pet peeves. I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few 😉