Forget everything you thought you knew about this place.
Remember everyone who left home, because they’re all here, all around you in this colony of beautiful pilgrims.
Think about yesterday, and how you shivered, and how here and now there is no choice but to walk in the sun.
Understand immediately what drew all these people to this place.
Look away from everything else: the traffic that doesn’t move, the sprawl that never relents, the strip malls on infinite repeat.
Admit that it’s not terrible.
Remind yourself that you have seen worse.
Realize you are becoming one of them.
Los Angeles, CA
March 28, 2014