rest of the cool people." (very good, keep going) "I will call the realtor tomorrow."

See, doesn't that feel better?

Posted by: Elizabeth Spiers at January 20, 2003 04:16 PM

Just think of all the pain and suffering I could have prevented when O.J. Simpson came into a Westwood comic book store I frequented many years ago.

Posted by: Rossz at January 20, 2003 09:27 PM

Actually, Elizabeth, Welch is dead-on. The important distinction (read a little closer) is that some people are pretending not to notice, and others really don't. No one who has been in LA for longer than a year notices outwardly, and god-forbid write about it on their weblog. Or even let anyone know they have a weblog, for that matter.

Posted by: Fred at January 20, 2003 11:17 PM

I grew up in Santa Monica and live in Manhattan. People don't pay much attention to celebrities in either city. However, sightings are more common in NYC because there are so many more public spaces. The sightings are also more diverse in New York. For example, I once saw Barry Scheck and Sara Jessica Parker in the same line at Starbucks. Last summer I saw Steve Forbes and Wes Anderson on the same block in front of the Forbes building on Fifth Ave. These experiences are fun and diverting, but I certainly don't obsess over them.

With respect to any rivalry between New York and LA, there is none. Neither city seems to care very much about the other. I never think very much about LA anymore, and when I visit I enjoy myself.

Like most people of reasonable intelligence, my real beef is with San Francisco -- the dirtiest city in America. I lived there for a few years. It is truly vile. It rivals Paris for the title of "city with the most shit on the street" except in SF the feces is human. The museums stink, the food is overrated, the place shuts down around 11 p.m., and there aren't enough taxis. There are only a few dozen black people there, and they all live in a horrible ghetto tucked behind the footabll stadium. I encourage all Americans to call it "Frisco."

Posted by: Aaron at January 21, 2003 08:50 AM
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