I'd like some every day hacks for life in Los Angeles.
It's finally happening. After two years
working on my New York City exit strategy
, I'm moving to Los Angeles at the end of next month.
I have savings. I'm leveraging my local connections to find a job ASAP. I have a sense of the lay of the land, and a game plan for buying a car
. I've read just about every AskMe thread about L.A., ever.
I just have one more question. What are the little everyday tricks that make life in Los Angeles easier?
For example, in New York, for only a couple extra bucks, the laundromat will do your laundry for you, including matching your socks. We've got smart phone apps to navigate public transit
. Want to know if a gentrifying neighborhood is safe? Keep an eye out for a Connecticut Muffin
coffee shop. Or, in the opposite direction, the Kennedy Fried Chicken
fast food chain. Need a life-line to cool free social activities? We've got a blog for that
. And a newsletter
. What if you need to renew your driver's license, but you don't want to wait in line all day? Head to the Express DMV
What are the L.A. equivalents of these things? What simple service is going to make my life a thousand times better? What local blog is going to revolutionize the way I have fun? Is there an immediate visual shorthand for whether a neighborhood is safe? A group I can join? A radio station that will keep me sane in traffic? A tiny perk of Southern California life I wouldn't know about? A simple bit of advice about the freeway system?
What about the bad stuff? Any huge warnings or points of culture shock I might not be anticipating? Any seemingly friendly yoga center/event space/knitting circle that is SECRETLY A CULT? (For what it's worth, I'm comfortable driving in Manhattan at rush hour, grew up in the deep south so I'm used to the lack of "real seasons", etc.)
I already know about the Thomas Guide and Mapping L.A
. I intend to join AAA sometime in the next few weeks. I've taken a bit of a crash course on the California DMV regulations about licensing, smog checks, and the like. Assume I'm asking about stuff that isn't already common knowledge to someone relocating to Southern California.