1994 Corolla

My parents recently bought me a 1994 Toyota Corolla. Needless to say, I am not happy with the decision I made, but I do not regret it. It is extremely inconvenient to live in LA without a car, especially living in the suburbs.

Of course, the thought did occur to me to ride my bike instead, but I have become very afraid of riding recently. This emergence of fear is unexplainable; I have not experienced anything out of the ordinary in the past months.

Even though I have had to adapt to special circumstances, my plan is still to live without a car, and I look forward to that day.

A Different Perspective of LA

I have recently found a new job here in LA as an ESL instructor. My first week just finished and I still have to get through a trial period, but if everything goes well, I will have a stable part time job that will hopefully pay for a quarter of my graduate school fees. The job is located in Korea town so I have been taking the commuter rail from Norwalk to Union Station. From there I take the subway to my workplace which just so happens to be located near Marlon's condo. I believe I have taken the LA metro maybe about 2 or 3 times before in my entire life so this new experience has given me a new perspective of LA.

Previously, I thought LA was a city with horrible public transportation that only poor people took and generally speaking, I was correct, but I was mistaken in regards to the passengers downtown. There were a diversity of people riding the subway and it actually reminded me of DC. Growing up in the suburbs being surrounded by cars, I have only known LA from the perspective of the automobile. It was really interesting and refreshing to see people taking the subway here. Honestly, for most of my life, I did not even know that LA had a subway system.

I just looked on Wikipedia to collect some facts on how many people ride public transportation in LA vs NYC and the numbers are not very surprising. Over half of the people living in NYC take public transportation while only 2% of people who live in LA do. Maybe I am pessimistic, but I do not think that there will be a significant increase of public transportation riders here in the future just because of the sprawl of the city itself. The population density for LA is 8,205/sq mi, and for NYC it's 27,532/sq mi.

I would like to mention another thing that happened to me a couple of days ago although it is off topic. When I was taking an order at the pizza store on Wednesday, a customer started to get angry at me because she could not pay with a debit card. I told her that we did not have the machine and that there was nothing I could do. She persisted that there was something I could do and wanted to speak with the manager. I told her that the manager was out of the country, to which she responded “that's convenient.” The unpleasant conversation with that woman really affected me negatively; I am such a sensitive person. Even though it was not my fault and there was nothing I could do, I still felt bad. It bothers me how angry we can all get over the smallest things.