December 26, 2012 by
It’s that most wonderful time of the year….when single men realize they are alone. Apparently when you combine that with home for the holidays, you have the formula for hot and horny.
About six months ago I was contacted by “Jack” because he was considering taking a job in Santa Barbara. He was currently in West Hollywood and wanted to understand the social scene if he were to make the move. I gave him the grim reality and he decided to take another job in Los Angeles.
I received a checkin email from him on the 23rd asking if I was still single and, if so, would I be interested in going out while he was home visiting his parents 30 miles south of me. I told him I was available and suggested we meet at a brewpub I wanted to try in his parents’ town.
His response is the reason why I stay home with my dog. “You wouldn’t want to chose a place closer to you, just in case we feel like fooling around?”
While we did meet on a dating website, our communications have been totally career and relocation-related until this point. Very buddy/platonic. So, I played it off and told him I was flattered, but we should meet, have a drink and catchup. As you would expect, I never heard from him to finalize the plan. When I used to go home for Christmas, I always tried to line up activities to get out of the house and away from my mother. If the internet existed, I probably would have dated to dull the pain of being home too.
I just wish Jack had the balls to take me to his house to show me his trophies, varsity letter jacket, and twin bed. That’s what I call coming home for the holidays.
September 28, 2010 by
You know you are leaving Los Angeles when you can comfortably throw out your Thomas Guide, the non-GPS bible to getting around. I knew I was leaving when the fire trucks arrived.
Your layoff lady of leisure is discontinuing her 61-week underemployment lifestyle. My nationwide job search finds me relocating to Santa Barbara, California for a marketing position with a consumer electronics company. My seven years and a couple odd months in Los Angeles has been plagued with the usual California cliches: low-speed chases in the neighborhood, workplace drug deals, and who-do-you-know business card trading. Between the odd work experiences and the tragic dating scene, I would of smoked a 45cal if it weren’t for my friends.
Those same friends turned out to wish me well with martinis at Lola’s on a record-breaking 112-degree day in West Hollywood. We were enjoying the nice central air when the electricity went out. We assumed the production company in the back bar blew a circuit while filming. We continued to drink by candlelight only to discover that the transformer behind the restaurant blew and was on fire. In typical LA-fashion, we ignored the drama and continued to drink until we were asked to leave an hour later.
That’s the sum total metaphor of my Los Angeles experience: with shit swirling everywhere, I chose to focus on my career and my love life. I got no where.
It is time to evacuate.
April 16, 2010 by
In the mail on Monday, I received one of those friendly reminders from the local Honda dealership telling me that it was probably time to change oil. I realized I didn’t come close to hitting their high mileage estimate.
I have become the little old lady of West Hollywood. Being laid off, there are days my car doesn’t move. When it does, it is usually to drive to happy hour to met my other laid off friends, or to give Tex a courtesy ride. I’m averaging 300 miles per month. That’s just crazy low mileage in this town. And it is empirical evidence that I don’t have much of a life.
I changed that immediately by adding the FourSquare app to my iPod. I realize I’m a hypocrite for advising clients to get involved with geolocation apps and not participating myself. What I didn’t anticipate is the motivation FourSquare can provide to get out of the apartment. I’ve got check-in’s all over my neighborhood and I am now the Mayor of my apartment building and I’ve been awarded an Adventurer badge because I get out a lot. I know it is all bullshit, but it is like a Weight Watcher’s weigh-in. It’s all the motivation I need to feel like I’m making a change in my life.
Today is four square day (4×4 = 16). It’s like Pi day except the math is so much easier and there’s drinking involved. Check-ins at The Standard get two-for-one drinks. The Viper Room has more FourSquare specials: no cover, cheap drinks, and PBR swag.
I have said many times I don’t do anything unless it gets me a job or gets me laid. Right now, getting out of the apartment is the first step.
Check-in. Check me out.
January 26, 2010 by
In my next life, I want to come back as a gay addict. The habit is TBD. All I know is these 12-step meetings are one-part sobriety maintenance and three-parts hookup. The gays in West Hollywood don’t need to online date. When they have free time, they go to a “meeting.”
My Main Gay is constantly in and out of relationships. I sit on the sidelines feeling tragically single and heterosexual as I hear about his exploits. Today we met for lunch and I got the ga-ga eyes and “oh, this one is for real” speech.
“This isn’t fair. Is this another friends-of-bill hookup?” I whined.
“Yes, we met at a meeting. We are so in love,” he proclaimed. “He’s mine.”
I can’t even meet a straight man at the grocery store and Main Gay is seeking my advice on Valentine’s Day. Fanfuckingtastic. He’s thinking about a long, romantic weekend up in Santa Barbara. I told him I wasn’t the girl to ask Valentine’s day advice from – it has probably been more than 15 years since a man planned more than a simple card and chocolates for me.
“Aw, my hag needs a real man,” he said.
Right. We’ve seen how well that’s worked out for me in southern California. I think it is easier to just plan on being gay in my next life – with a severe addiction to beer.
April 13, 2009 by
I think everyone has a love/hate relationship with New York. I have had three visits since leaving because I miss it so much, but need to stay away long enough to remember why I left six years ago. It’s getting harder to remember why.
Within 30 minutes of getting out of JFK, my incense-burning cab driver had me in the east Village for PubNight – a tradition I used to share weekly with my technology dotcom friends. I was drinking drafts with a half-dozen old friends and another dozen acquaintances. They all asked why I had left.
“I was committed to getting out before I was 40. I didn’t want to become a bitter Woody Allen cliche,” I admitted. But what I realized was I left a great social and professional network for a sun-infused lifestyle that leaves me feeling very isolated.
The next morning I attempted some early shopping at Century 21 until I could meet a Wall Street friend for beers at 10 a.m. We talked business until I dashed uptown for a lunch meeting with a former LA friend. In addition to tempting me with some freelance writing business, she rattled on all the benefits of getting out of LA and mentioned the isolation she felt as well. After lunch, I walked 30 blocks just taking it all in. I missed it.
What was most apparent to me during my visit was blatantly heterosexual men. I saw men in bars and on the street that were quite obviously straight. I suppose I’ve been tainted living in West Hollywood, but man it was nice to see real men talking business, not hair products and jeans. Don’t laugh, but you know what else I miss? Real Jews. Seriously. Not these Hollywood Jews-of-Convenience or my Russian Jews, but real, obnoxious Lox-loving Jews. Smart, fast talking Jews. God bless ‘em.
Straight guys and Jews aside, it’s still not the same New York for me. I still have a habit of coming up subway stairs looking for the Towers to guide me. Now I kind of resent having to travel underground. I want to be above and see everything. I don’t want to miss anything. I’m not sure why I left.