First off I’d like to thank everyone for the food recommendations. Since I last wrote I’ve made hot & sour soup (excellent) and oatmeal cookie (terrible). I should mention that in general I’m trying to stick to healthier recipes from sources like Cooking Light magazine, but when I have other people to cook for I’ll expand into some more indulgent recipes.
Second, I need to take a moment to rant about something that has been present throughout my 15 month in Los Angeles but is now escalating to a truly annoying degree. There is an alarming lack of commitment among people here when it comes to making plans. Now I understand that things come up – especially in LA where you can get a call for a 6pm audition at 3pm – but if I send an email inviting a group of folks over on a Sunday evening a week or two in advance, I can rest assured that almost no one will commit to the event until a couple of days before. Are they waiting for a better offer? Are they thinking “Well, I do live in LA, and it’s possible that Benicio del Toro will want to hang out that night”?
People here complain a lot about feeling isolated in LA. That the city is more spread out and people don’t go out as much as people in Chicago. This is complete BS. Yes, LA is more spread out than Chicago. But 80% of my friends here live within 2 miles of me. People complain because they have to drive everywhere. Guess what, I have one (1) friend here who drives now but didn’t drive in Chicago.
I don’t understand why it’s so hard to be social, especially with people who are already established friends. The kicker is that when I do have people over or get a group to go to dinner or something, inevitably at the end of the evening everyone will say “It’s so great to hang out…we should do this more often.”