You know you’re on the Westside when a sense of location-less space overtakes you while you sit in traffic across from angry looking plastic people…You start seeing dudes skating on their long boards probably going to a medical marijuana shop… You see mad yoga mats… You know you’re on the Westside when you see people walking their dogs in strollers, paparazzi surrounding celebrities, and can smell the cool ocean breeze… The Valet costs $10.00… You cross the 405, and everything gets shiny bland. When Lululemon becomes the look for the girls, compared to the studied frumpiness of hipster betties over here. When tats on the guys go from Ed Hardy knockoffs to faux-tribal. And you’ll get run over by a dork in a Range Rover… the sky sparkles or is overcast and your sitting in your car for an hour trying to go 3 blocks from 26th street to Westwood… The homeless guy with all the cans gives you accurate information about the parking restrictions – and he doesn’t want money in exchange just an extra granola bar if you have one… Motorists prompt you immediately when the light goes red to green with a honk!… Your two-bedroom condo costs three times more than your parents’ four-bedroom house… You see a 40 something couple with a $1000 stroller…You are anxious to get back home to the Eastside. It’s too stifling & dull over there… You smell cheap cologne… You know you’re on the Westside when you see the Mormon Temple… You are stuck in traffic… You feel the ocean breeze in your hair and in your lungs, you are relaxed not rushed by the hustle and bustle of the “other LA”… The valet refuses to take your car… You see the perfectly dressed down women whose jeans sweater flip flops and handbag outfit probably cost upwards of $5K… On Abbott Kinney you see young guys with beards white RayBans and fedoras and lots of celebrities being ignored by the locals… You’ve just walked past a car of such limited make you don’t even recognize it on your way to brunch after your yoga class.
We reached out to listeners through the Public Insight Network, asking them to fill in the blank: You know you’re on the Westside when_______. Tune in to Which Way, LA? tonight at 7 p.m. to hear more!