Day 1: Over LAX

» 29 May 2007 » In Travel »

What a sprawling, flat, monotonous, all-consuming monstrosity of a city this is. It lies below our wings, stretching as far as the eye can see, which is to say, not far at all, because… Oh man, the smog, the ever present smog, blanketing the city in its suffocating embrace. It’s next to impossible to imagine what things would look like without it.

The city seems organic; the veins of its highways pulsing with steady (it’s a Sunday) flow of cars. And yet it is mechanical, in the way its semi-regular grids of housing units resemble nothing so much as the intertwined components of a circuit board. Or maybe this is what a nanotech colony looks like under a microscope, steadily advancing on its surroundings, manufacturing more of itself with every minute, and belching up the byproducts of its creation.

The Star Wars character this city most reminds me of: Jabba the Hut.

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One Comment on "Day 1: Over LAX"

  1. andrei
    Sara Golemon
    29/05/2007 at 6:09 pm Permalink

    Hey now…. I grew up in LA, and apart from a freakish height and dysfunctional pancreas I came out just fine! *cough*cough*hack*spit*

    Seriously though, Los Angeles is the unwashed crotch of California.

    ♪ City of Angels, my heart’s devotion;
    I wish you’d sink into the Ocean… ♪

    Enjoy the rest of your flight, and here’s to finding clearer skies. ✈

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