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UPDATES and the THR Writer’s Roundtable

Wow … it’s been a while since I have updated this blog.

A whole year.

Things have been happening…

And things have not been happening…

Such is life.

Still holding down the assistant desk, answering phones, updating calendars, making coffees, and picking up lunches. But I’m trying my damned hardest to get into the paid writer’s world. I had a manager last year. Wrote some scripts with him. Went out on a lot of meetings around town. Met some great people. But the manager and me didn’t work out. We’ve moved on.

Good news is, I have 4 new managers reading me this weekend, so hopefully one of them will work out and I’ll be in business with someone else this year. It’s a long hard road trying to become a paid screenwriter, but god damnit, I’m going to make it happen.  My new years resolution for 2016 was to find representation.  And now my new years resolution for 2017 is to… find representation.

I wrote a new pilot at the end of last year. It’s gaining some traction. “Is this the year?” I ask myself. We’ll just have to wait and see.

I’m sure I learned a lot over the last year that I can share with you all on this dwindling near-dead website of mine. Maybe I can pull an article or two out of my ass over the coming months. Blow a little life into this fire.

I’ve visited this little blog now and again over the past year to check in, filter out spam, and update plugins… but to be honest, and it’s kind of embarrassing… I forgot my login password. And rather than put in the work to figure it out, I’ve moved on to other things. But I finally got off my ass and figured out what the password was, and here I am! Woo. Fucking hell…

I feel like there is more I wanted to write, but it’s not coming to me now. Oh, yeah, we got a new president. Fucking just kill me now.

Oh, and I watched Arrival last night. I really enjoyed it. But I was left feeling super depressed at the end. Anyone else feel that way? Just like… what is the point of living anymore? I think the message of the film was the opposite of that but, jesus christ, was I depressed.

Overall — I think this year’s Oscar season is the most boring it’s been in a long time. This year’s selection of films do nothing for me. It’s kind of a drag. There are usually a handful of award films that I really enjoy each year. This year we have….

Arrival —  I’ve already told you how that one left me feeling. But I liked it. Even though I wanted to slit my wrists in a warm bath.

Fences — Didn’t see it. Doesn’t really interest me.

Hacksaw Ridge — Loved it. I’m an unabashed Mel Gibson fan. Don’t get me started. Is he a nut job? Of course. Does he make amazing movies. FUCK YES HE DOES.

Hell or High Water — Thought I would love it. But the dialogue was so witty, it took me out of the world and the story. Disappointed by high expectations.

Hidden Figures — Looks like a lifetime movie. Didn’t see it. Don’t want to.

La La Land — Heard it’s great. Doesn’t interest me in the least.

Lion — Looks good, but again… not enough to get me to watch it.

Manchester by the Sea — Saw it. Great acting. BUT FUCKING CAN A MOVIE GET GET MORE DEPRESSING. Jesus christ.

Moonlight — Just like Lion, looks good… but ugh. It takes a lot to get me to sit and watch a movie these days. Probably wont see it.

Jackie — LOVE Natalie Portman, but jesus christ was that movie boring.

There are more — but I can’t even bring myself to name them. So there you have it, a list of movies I couldn’t be less excited about. Except Hacksaw Ridge. That one was pretty good.

Anyway — Here is THR’s full Writer’s Roundtable. Worth watching despite how I feel about this year’s selection of movies.

 

Another Rung in the Ladder

Maybe you’ve noticed that my feature slider bar on the side there hasn’t moved in a while — maybe you don’t give a fuck. But I do have a valid excuse. Not just procrastination. I promise.

I got a manager.

That’s right motherfuckers.  All that hard work is starting to show. It can be done. I am living proof. There is someone out there that read my work and said, “Huh, maybe I can make money off this guy.” Well, Mr. Manager — I hope you can. I hope you fucking can.

So — now the excuse.  Said manager wants me to focus on TV, so I’ve switched gears and I’ve started writing a new pilot.  Feature is being put on hold for a while. I’ll probably end up taking it off the slider soon. I don’t mind — because I want to be working in TV right now anyway.

So … what now?

Hopefully get a staff job.  If I don’t move from assistant land into professional writing land sometime soon I may explode.

-12pt

 

 

What I Read in 2015

Here is my annual book list for 2015. Are you ready? Okay. Let’s start from the bottom and count up to my favorite book of the year.

Note: These are books I read this year — doesn’t mean they came out this year.

15. Armada by Ernest Cline

After reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, his first novel, I was fucking thrilled to read his second novel. I even pre-ordered a hard copy on Amazon. I NEVER pre-order books. I don’t think I have since Harry Potter was flying off the shelves on release day. Really the only good thing I have to say about this book regards the cover art. It’s a beautiful looking book. But, unfortunately, that won’t save it. Where RPO is a sci-fi nerd’s wet dream, Armada is being wet dreamed on by a fat, smelly, neck-bearded 43-year-old that lives in his parent’s basement.  It doesn’t even compare to Cline’s first novel. It was simply… Meh. I give it 2 out of 5 stars for effort and I do not recommend.

14. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

This book must be forgettable because I’m having trouble remembering the plot. Oh yes. It’s about a girl whose entire family was murdered by Satanists. Sounds fun, right? It was okay. A good girl power book from the author who gave you that movie where you see Ben Affleck’s dick. I liked it. The book. Not the … Anyway, I give it 3 out of 5 stars. The book.

13. The Fold by Peter Clines

I have a love hate relationship with this book. It starts out wicked slow. And the plot drags and drags. Giving you just enough to want to keep reading and find out just what the fuck is going on. But it’s a smart book, and rubs that sci-fi itch pretty damn good. And the last third is fantastic and super inventive. So I give it 3 out of 5 stars and a pretty decent recommendation.

12. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

Just finished this one. This is a collection of shorts by the one and only Mr. King. There are some really great stories in it. And none of them are bad. I especially enjoyed Blockade Billy, The Dune, and the one near the end about the fireworks. I highly recommend this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars. Stephen King is always amazing. If you don’t read short stories, this is a great way to start.

11. Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower, #6) by Stephen King

The penultimate book in Stephen King’s highly regarded Dark Tower series. Which … did you hear Idris Elba might play the Gunslinger in the movies? That would be fantastic. I honestly didn’t love this book, but it’s part of a greater whole which I highly recommend. So I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars — and suggest you read the entire series.

10. Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1) by Stephen King

One of King’s newer books about a psychotic fuckhead bent on killing innocent people and the ex-cop trying to track him down. I enjoyed it. 4 out of 5 stars to this one.


9. The Gates of Rome (Emperor, #1) by Conn Iggulden

I’m a sucker for historical fiction, and I heard Conn is a master. So I’ve started reading his books from the first series he wrote — the Emperor series about Julius Caesar. Spoiler alert –  he dies. But not in the first book — it focuses on his childhood. I plan on reading out the rest of the series and starting some of Conn’s other series while I’m at it. I recommend this book if you enjoy Roman Historical Fiction. 4 out of 5 stars.

8. Finders Keepers (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #2) by Stephen King

The sequel to Mr. Mercedes. If you enjoyed Mr. Mercedes you’ll like this one even more. Better plot and better characters IMO. 4 out of 5 Stars.

7. The Ghost Brigades (Old Man’s War, #2) by John Scalzi

Okay — let me introduce the Old Man’s War series here. I enjoyed the first book better than the second, but not by much. If you enjoy sci-fi — like the fun Star Trek/Star Wars type of sci-fi…. you will love this series. John Scalzi is honestly one of the best new authors I’ve read in a really really long time. I am going to read everything he’s ever written. Eventually. But in the meantime — go buy the books in the Old Man’s War series. They are thoughtful, action packed, hilarious, and smart. 4 out of 5 stars to this bad boy, but almost, almost a 5.

6. The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

I started reading Sanderson this year with the Stormlight Archive, and you can read what I think of those books coming up. I think under normal circumstances I would have given The Final Empire 5 out of 5 stars … but I enjoyed the Stormlight Archive so fucking much, it bumped this book down to 4 out of 5 stars… but it soooo wants to be a 5 star you can taste it. And it tastes good. The Mistborn series is a fantasy novel about people who can use Allomancy — that is a magic that has to do with different metals. Sanderson is a master of magic systems and the best fantasy author I’ve read in forever. I will read everything he’s ever written. Eventually. And he writes like 12 books a years. So… fuck.

5. Old Man’s War (Old Man’s War, #1) by John Scalzi

I’ve already told you what I think of the Old Man’s War series up above, so all you need to know is this first book is fantastic and you should click on the title up above which will take you to an amazon page where I command you to buy it right now. Okay? Great. 5 out of 5 stars.

4. The Martian by Andy Weir

The first book by Andy Weir — and I will be buying the second. I only hope I don’t get burned like I did with Ernest Cline.  I’m sure you’ve heard of this book — after all, a giant fucking hit of a movie with Matt Damon was adapted off it. I don’t care if you do or do not like the movie or if you haven’t even seen it. This book is fantastic. It’s in my top five books of the year. And you must read it. 5 out of 5 stars.

3. Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, #2) by Brandon Sanderson

This book is amazing. See below. 5 out of 5 stars.


2. The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

If you enjoy fantasy novels, you must give this series a try. It’s practically the best book I read all year. It’s really long — over 1000 pages, as is the sequel, but they are fantastic. Sanderson is amazing at world building, creating extremely unique and interesting locations, and his magic systems are some of the best. This is a series that Sanderson is currently writing. There are two books out now, out of a planned ten. The third is set to release sometime near the end of 2016 or early 2017. 5 out of 5 stars for sure. I highly recommend. Oh jesus, I just realized these books will still be coming out after I have children. And I will read them with my children. Or they will be disowned.

1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Even though I don’t necessarily think this is the best book I read all year, I have to give it the top spot because it captivated me more than any other book I read. I couldn’t put the book down. It’s so easy these days to get distracted or overwhelmed with the amount of entertainment being shoved in our faces, however this book completely took over my life. I was even reading it at work. I don’t know how he did it, but Cline simultaneously holds the best and worst spots on my 2015 book list. I give RPO 5 out of 5 stars and super highly recommend.

2015: WELCOME TO THE FUTURE

2015 sounds so futuristic to me. A distant place where cars drive themselves and humans explore Mars. And here we are. 2015.

In my resolution post of 2014 I wanted to write more, read more, and save more. How did I do…

WRITE MORE: My goal was to have two polished pilots finished by the end of 2014, and I’m happy to say that I have THREE! I have done a lot of writing this year and it feels good. My new goal for 2015 is to finish a feature I’m working on. 

READ MORE: I read 12 books in 2014 — this year I read… 13! Still didn’t hit my 15 mark, but I’m pleased with what I did.  My goal for 2015… again 15 books. One day I’ll get there.

SAVE MORE: I saved a total of $0.00 in 2014. So I completely failed on that resolution. BUT! I did make a budget and I paid off a lot of debt. So that is still a win in my book. I’m changing my goal for this year. I want to curb spending and clear a lot of my smaller debts so that I can focus on saving more next year.

And my last resolution for 2015 is to get an agent and shop my pilots. Casual.

So there it is. Finish a feature. Read 15 books. Pay off some debt. Get an Agent.

What are your resolutions?

12ptCourier’s Top Posts of 2014

Here are the top 10 posts on the site in order of views for 2014:

#10: Tips for a PA: Downtime and Cold Calling [UPDATED]

#9: Production Assistant Resume Template

#8: TIPS FOR A PA: How to Roll Calls aka Answering Phones for Newbs

#7: What Kind of Jobs Do You Get From Being a PA?

#6: Tips for a PA: Clothing and Accessories [UPDATED]

#5: Production Assistant Pay [Updated]

#4: Tips for a PA: Walkie Talkie Lingo

#3: Tips for a Production Assistant: Set Lingo

#2: Resumes and Curriculum Vitae (For the PA)

#1: Production Assistant Job Description and Duties [Updated]

12ptCourier’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

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There are a lot of movies coming out next year that didn’t make this list. A few that deserve a mention are Mission Impossible 5, Ant Man, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. I really enjoy those franchises, but I feel like I’ve already seen what they have to offer, and I’m excited for something a little different in 2015.

THE LIST:

#10: INSIDE OUT

I love Pixar movies and the trailer looks really cute.

#9: CRIMSON PEAK
I am excited about anything Guillermo del Toro is directing.

#8: UNTITLED SPIELBERG COLD WAR SPY THRILLER
I know nothing about this film except that it’s directed by Spielberg, stars Tom Hanks, and is about a cold war spy. ‘Nuff Said.

#7: JURASSIC WORLD

I am very scared of being let down by this movie. But it still hits my top 10. Because Jurassic Park.

#6: THE HATEFUL EIGHT
Because Quentin Tarantino.

#5: CHAPPIE

Neill Blomkamp is one of my favorite new directors. District 9 is one of the best Sci-fi movies I’ve ever seen. I also really enjoyed Elysium despite unfavorable reviews. I’m very excited to see his next film.

#4: THE MARTIAN
I still have faith in Ridley Scott despite his recent string of movies. I haven’t read this book yet, but it is rated one of the best of the year. Also — Matt Damon.

#3: 007: SPECTRE
I love James Bond. I grew up watching these movies with my grandparents. I’m in the Daniel Craig camp. I think this new era of James Bond movies are fantastic — with Casino Royale being one of my favorite movies of all time. I don’t know a whole lot of details about Spectre, but it’s #3 on this list because — James Bond.

#2: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

I really love the original Mad Max movies. The fact this new one is from the same creator and an all-star cast has me really excited. But perhaps the most exciting thing about it was the trailer. Which is probably not only the best trailer of the year, but maybe the best trailer I have ever seen.

#1: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

I have never felt more anticipation for a movie in my life. Maybe that statement isn’t totally true. But that is how I feel right now. My entire childhood evolved around the original three films, and the trailer brought back those feelings. Not the prequel feels… but the original feels. I can not wait to see this movie opening night.

12pt’s Best Movies of 2014

Not going to go into detail. Just a quick list. Also — there are a ton of movies I haven’t seen this year. This is just a list of what I was able to see!

1 – Guardians of the Galaxy (A)

2 – Edge of Tomorrow (A)

3 – The Raid 2 (A)

4 – The Lego Movie (A)

5 – Gone Girl (A-)

6 – 22 Jump Street (A-)

7 – X-Men: Days of Future Past (A-)

8 – The Grand Budapest Hotel (B+)

9 – The Hobbit (B+)

10 – Snowpiercer (B+)

11 – Night Crawler (B)

12 – American Sniper (B)

13 – Whiplash (B)

14 – Unbroken (C)

15 – Into the Woods (D+)

Still haven’t seen:

Jodorowski’s Dune

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Calvary

The Purge: Anarchy

How to Train your Dragon 2

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Fury

The Babadook

Birdman

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Chef

Big Hero 6

Bears

John Wick

The Unknown Known

Interstellar

THREE YEARS. HOLY SHIT. A RECAP.

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I’ve been in LA for three years today. I don’t know what else to say. It’s been a trip. It’s still not a joy ride — living paycheck to paycheck with an uncertain future — but it’s a lot better than it was.

LA feels like home now; Tennessee a distant memory. Fuck ever living there again. Maybe I’ll change my mind someday… but when the most exciting thing to ever happen to your town in 10 years is a super Wal-Mart moving in and an occasional Tornado impaling cows on trees…  yeah, fuck that place. I’ll take a big city any day.

12ptCourier also turned 4 years old this month. It’s crazy to think about where I was when I started this blog. It was 2010, I was in Film School, had just fallen in love with screenwriting and had no idea what was in my future. It was a busy year — wrapping up school, going on an excavation in Israel, and writing a slew of horrible and half finished screenplays. But I finally graduated. Chapter 1 was complete. Now what the fuck would I do?

In 2011 I decided to move out to LA on a whim — and it actually worked. 2011 was a crazy fucking year — full of ass-kicking, back-breaking work. 12 to 20 hour days and nights on set — fucking brutal — but if you want to make it in this town you have to pay your dues… at least that’s what THEY say. I quickly learned that the only way to get any attention in this town is to work harder than everyone else.   Between that and dumb luck I landed enough gigs to pay my bills and eventually found a place to live on craigslist with a bunch of weird fucks. I peaced out of that joint ASAP and moved in with some people I met on one of my PA gigs — sleeping in the living room just to survive.  I learned how to work on set really fast. I also quickly learned what jobs I DIDN’T want to do — which is one of the most important parts of being an assistant. When you finally realize — “Well, I def don’t want THAT fucking job.” — you’re one step closer to finding where you belong. It was a hard year, but I was full of green energy, so I got through it.  As a writer, I was still struggling. Trying to find that perfect story… trying to find my voice. Again I wrote a slew of horrible and half finished screenplays. “There’s always next year”, I told myself…

16 hour days for 6 days a week as a Set PA picking up used condoms and dog shit off the side of the road — that sentence basically sums up the beginning of 2012. Another ass-busting shit taking year. I quickly figured out I was tired of working as a Set PA. I didn’t want to be an AD, I wanted to get closer to writers and producers. I wanted to CREATE, god damn it. So I started Office PAing. I did a few pilots and jumped onto a big budget feature in editorial. Things were looking up. Quickly after the feature I jumped on a job that was guaranteed income for a year! I took it in a heartbeat. I felt the struggle was over, but a new struggle had just begun. — Oh, and the writing? … “There’s always next year.”

In 2013 I was very frustrated. My financial situation improved. I even got promoted — TWICE. My title was actually Producer. But I wasn’t happy. I was working in daytime TV.  I was working on a TV show that specialized in gardening and cooking. What the actual fuck. Fucking kill me. Stab me in the eyes until I die. I took a step back and realized I wasn’t doing what I came out here to do. I wasn’t even writing stuff anymore — good or bad. Nothing. I had to quit this job. For my sanity. So I did. I was unemployed for over a month. My PA contacts had mostly washed up. But, finally, I scored a PA position on a pilot, the first scripted job I worked in over a year. I was so inspired, I jumped into writing hardcore on my own pilot. When that job ended I landed a job I’ve been seeking out for a long time: Assistant to a writer. A good one.

So here we are. 2014. A job I love. I finished my pilot — the first piece of writing I’ve done that I’m actually proud of. I have no idea what the rest of this year has in store. But god damn you can bet I’m going to end up telling you about it.

This industry will try its hardest to shit all over you. Power through it and keep your eye on the prize. Even if it means quitting a potentially lucrative job. Do what you want to do and never look back.

HELLO FEBRUARY

Forgive this momentary lack of pessimism that so fittingly has glazed this blog all these years. Happiness just happens to be bubbling out of me right now. It’s disgusting. I know. I’m a disgusting person right now. You have no idea. It’s horrible.

Where to start?  This year has been fucking amazing.

THE BOOKS:  I am supposed to read 15 books this year. So far I’ve read 1. I’m kind of behind already. I need to get on that. I have to finish one by the end of this month. It’s going to be hard. But I can do it. I believe in me. Maybe I’ll finally finish book 4 of Game of Thrones.

THE MOVE: I’m moving into a new place downtown. This has me excited. Also kind of nervous. There are crazy people downtown, and the streets smell like ass piss. BUT there are also amazing things about downtown, like not having to drive anywhere. And EVERYTHING delivers. Seriously… we can have a bottle of wine delivered to our door if we want. Restaurants and bars a few blocks from my house. We’re getting Amazon Fresh so that we can get groceries delivered.  I can’t wait. We’re in a loft. And it’s beautiful. I’m sure I’ll still have a lot to complain about. Like noisy neighbors and homeless people shitting on my doorstep. Also we don’t get internet hooked up for a week because FUCKING LA CABLE COMPANIES SUCK DONKEY DICKS ALL DAY — so I’ll have plenty of time to hit my February reading quota.

THE JOB: Has been going great. Learning a lot. I am really enjoying it here and actually look forward to going to work every day. My employers are all amazing people. It’s been a good thing. It takes me an hour in bumper to bumper traffic on the 10 to get to work every morning… and I still look forward to Monday’s. I’m insane.

THE MONEY: I think I’m saving? Either that or I have grand illusions of saving money. I’m not actually getting into the saving saving part yet… I’m still in the slowly pay off my debts phase. Also this move is taking a lot of my money. But… i will work harder on not spending a dime I don’t need to.  I haven’t bought any shoes this year… so that’s saving… right?

THE GIRL: Miss Orlando came to LA for a 5 day visit and it was absolute perfection. She’s moving here to go to school in a few months and this is probably the real root of all my disgusting happiness. We are so gross. Like… if I saw us walking down the street I would be like… eww. That’s how happy we are. It’s seriously disgusting.

THE WRITING: Writing has gone really slow the past few weeks because GIRL and MOVE… but I am so ready to buckle down. I’m halfway through the 2nd round of rewrites and the script is shaping up beautifully. I think after this there will be just one quick touch-up and then I can send it off for notes! So exciting.

ALSO — some places I’ve eaten recently in LA.

Sugarfish – Some fucking fantastic sushi. It was like butter. Just melted on my tongue. It was so fucking good. You have to go. They have a few locations around LA. We got the NOZAWA TRUST ME for only $35. You get like… 9 different items brought to your table one by one. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Casual atmosphere with fancy food.

Westside Tavern – This has been one of my favorite places for a long time. They have great drinks. I recommend the Old Fashionable. They also have a killer Mac and Cheese, a fantastic Calamari, and right now one of their specials is a tuna Poke that is absolutely to die for. They used to have a braised short rib that was orgasmic, I don’t think it’s on their Feb menu. Their flat breads are always amazing. They have a chicken liver mousse — which if you’re daring is so fucking delicious. The humus is so good. Basically everything you have here is so good. The atmosphere is great. Try and grab a table by the window for some people watching. Good for a group, work meeting, or a date.

Laurel Tavern – This place is heaven to me. I used to live near it and it’s been my favorite pub ever since.  A gastropub with an amazing drink selection and even better food. The Pork Belly Skewers literally melt into cream in your mouth. The Steamed Pei Mussels are buttery — dip the toast into the broth and die. The fries are so good. And if you really want to just throw up utter satisfaction all over the place — grab an order of chorizo sliders. Fucking Killer. Wash it all down with a great beer and you won’t be able to get out of your chair.  They also have great burgers. And if you’re not that hungry get their pretzel. So soft — a great snack with a beer.  They recently revamped their whole menu so there are a lot of new items I haven’t tried yet.

Lemon Poppy Kitchen – Some of the most fantastic breakfast food you will ever have. They have curried breakfast potatoes with two eggs on top. It’s … I’m getting too excited. I can’t take it. Everything at the place is amazing. It’s in the middle of nowhere in a ghetto shopping center and it’s seriously the best. It’s always packed and you’ll have to wait for seating most of the time. But it’s worth it. So worth it. Really good for a weekend brunch. I really want the owners to revamp the place. It’s too small and shitty for such good food.

800 Degrees Pizza – Really Great Pizza. Hated the atmosphere. There is no assigned seating and you walk past the make line to order. It’s like an upscale Subway for Pizza. But this causes a ton of crazy people to start fighting over seating. And if you read this blog, you know I pretty much hate people.  Way too chaotic for me. But the pizza was really good — so at least they have that going for them. Don’t know if I’ll return.

Duck Dive Gastropub – This is a little cool spot in Malibu. Nothing fancy near the beach… it’s in a little shopping center. They open right before lunch, so you can go to the coffee shop next door and get a latte and then browse a little bookstore nearby (which contains some epically old and rare books) and then head over to Duck Dive for a nice lunch. They have a really good mac and cheese and their fries are amazing. We got the taco’s which were okay… nothing to write home about. I’ve had their lentil burger before. It was tasty as far as lentil burgers go. I would go again just to try out more of their menu. Not ready to fall in love with it — but a good casual lunch spot if you’re in Malibu.  Their bartenders and wait staff were very nice people. Great service.

There you go! Try out some new places to eat! And if there is somewhere you would like me to try in LA — PLEASE TELL ME. I fucking love eating.

Why I Love LA #1: The Food

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LA gets a lot of shit for a lot of different reasons. Some people love it. Some people hate it. Some people love to hate it but really love it.

I’m sure some of the first things that come to mind when someone says “LA” is traffic and crime. Well, first off, according to this article, LA has dropped in crime for the 10th year in a row. I’m not going to heavily research the facts in that article, but I’m trusting it has some validity. So there you have it… LA’s not that dangerous. As for the traffic… yeah, it’s fucking horrible — don’t let it get you down.

This place only started to grow on me in the last 6 months. For a long time I felt this town was trying its hardest to shit on me. Coming from a small town my whole life — LA was intimidating to say the least. I moved here with basically nothing. Survival mode. But I feel I’m settling in. And I really don’t see myself living anywhere else. I’m starting to love it. It’s beginning to feel like home.

One reason I love LA is because of the food. Some of the best food I’ve ever had in my life comes from this town. I’m not going to go touting that LA is the best place in the world to eat — because I haven’t lived in that many places — but this guy says it pretty well.

The Hungry Metropolis

Yeah, that post was written 4 years ago. But it still holds up.  Or take this post written this past year, highlighting our very own Chef Roi Choi.

Why Los Angeles Is the Best Food Town in America

Did I read both of those articles all the way through? Hell no. But I have eaten in this town. And coming from living somewhere with nothing but chain restaurants… I love eating in LA.

You like burgers? LA has some amazing ones — Including The Office Burger — which finds itself on many lists of the best burgers in America. Just don’t ask for ketchup. They will not give it to you. I promise.

You like Tacos? In this slideshow of the 35 best taco’s in America, at least 6 of them are in Los Angeles. Including their #1 : Ricky’s Fish Tacos.

How about Sushi? I’ve had sushi at 3 or 4 places in LA and they were all amazing. This article puts the top 2 hottest sushi restaurants in America right here in LA. I haven’t been to either — but you better bet I’m going to Sugarfish sometime in the next month.

Who says you can’t get a good pizza in LA? According to this article you can. Yeah… it’s not walk out of your apartment and grab an amazing New York Slice — I mean, it’s LA, of course we’re not going to compete with NY Pizza — no one can. But Pizzeria Mozza is making top 10 lists… so I say we’re doing okay.

Have you heard of Food Trucks? LA is the OG of the food truck scene. Some cities might have caught the trend with style — but we did it first. And LA still has a HOST of food trucks that will cook you up whatever you can think of.

No matter what food you like, you will find somewhere in LA that serves it — and they’ll probably serve it well. We may not top all the charts when it comes to dining, but it’s still a great city for a foodie. Four years ago Esquire put us at #5. Who knows where we are now.  In Esquire’s 21 best new restaurants of 2013 – LA has 3 of them (Marina Del Ray is still LA).

So there you have it. Come to LA and eat a lot of food.