It is so funny to read your own history. I was looking at my Facebook notes and found two lists that I made just as I was moving to my mom’s house in Texas from Edinburgh in 2009.
At the time I must have still thought that I would move to San Antonio. That was the plan. Three years later I now know I was to move to Austin. I will paste in the lists and then below will make a list of things I like about Los Angeles.
Things I will miss about Scotland:
Pubs – Real Ones
Pub Qizzes – Especially the Aberdeen film quiz at the Belmont
Visually stunning cities.
Being a LEWL (Live in Edinburgh Work in London)
The East Coast line – I never much cared for the West Coast line
King’s Cross train station (ok that is in London but it is part of my LEWL life)
My Oyster Card (London again)
The Harr (Aberdeen)
Squeeky bus brakes (Edinburgh)
Beatle Cabs – Yellow cabs are far too comfortable and you never fall out of your seat like you do in a Beatle cab.
Arthurs Seat – right outside my window
Being cold all the time – it gives you a cozy Christmas feeling and you don’t sweat
The Edinburgh Movie Production Society
Scottish Style nights out (you can’t act like that in Texas unless you want to be arrested)
Driving on the left side of the road, which is the only Right side of the road!
St. Andrews Square
Waverly Station – My second home
Getting lost in Glasgow – this city has an uncanny ability to confound my typically good sense of direction
Mince Pies (Christmas Only)
Flatshares – no one does this in the US and it is a unique ‘family’ experience that keeps your life full. And there is always someone around to sign for your packages.
Solidly built buildings (Aberdeen Granite)
Union Street (Aberdeen)
Marks & Spencers Pants – the best in the world!
Very green grass
Very short days – yeah I know but the light hits at such a beautful angle
Very long days – it is a strange but wonderful feeling to tuck yourself into bead when it looks like it could be 2 in the afternoon outside.
What I am looking forward to in Texas:
Ready access to all maner of Fast Food! The fast food here tastes as bad as it is for you!
San Antonio! I can’t wait until I can aford to live in downtown SA!
Living at home – it is cheap and at my age moms don’t cramp your style
Buck ees! The big beaver in the sky!
Lush! It just arrived in San Antonio! They don’t quite have the hang of making the products yet, the soap is not mixed right but the bath bombs are the same.
Pilot Knob – a great place to stop for an oversized drink on the way in and out of Austin and it makes me giggle.
Lane Bryant bras – at least as good as M&S pants
Pecan Pie – hard to find in Scotland
REAL Spanish (Mexican)
Truck Dogs – there is something so cute about a dog in the back of a pick up
The state capitol building (Pink Granite, actually outshines the ‘silver’ kind that Aberdeen offers)
My new friends.
Ok there are more things I will miss than things I am looking forward to but that is surely just because I don’t know all the great things that are in store for me.
I remember that when I first got to Texas, in fact when I was still flying back and forth before the move, I got a 210 phone number which I had until I got my Manhattan number. I also remember now that I seriously looked into places to live in San Antonio and then moved into Austin instead because that was where all the active networking groups were.
Ok, here is a third list, Things I like about Los Angeles:
Helicopters in the sky (there is one flying over right now)
The light, I love the light in LA and how it gives a salmon-orange cast to everything in the evening.
San Diego – I have been down several times and already produced a film there.
Amtrak – LA to San Antonio is an easy route and I hate to fly. I still miss the Edinburgh to London route though.
Living downtown – I was not able to afford to do this in Austin.
My old lifestyle – I have no car and there is great public transport here, it is not too hot to walk places, there is a Ralph’s downtown. I feel like I have my healthy, European lifestyle back.
The land of Big Lebowski – speaking of Ralph’s, I love that I buy ingredients for white russian’s at Ralph’s, it is so ‘The Dude”… that film has always been one of my favorites but now it has more layers of meaning.
My roof, ok it’s not Arthur’s Seat right outside my window, but being on the roof of a building in downtown LA, looking at all the high rise buildings is pretty cool.
Hot guys with adorable little dogs… sure they are gay but I can look… and the doggies are so very cute…
The Eastern Columbia building, I have an autistic fascination with this building, almost to the same extent as I do the Chrysler Building in NYC…
Loads of talented people! – I love being surrounded by people who are at least as talented as me. A lot of people move here because they are the biggest thing back home and then leave because their ego can’t take being surrounded by talent. I THRIVE in this environment and love being a little fish in a BIG pond.
One thing I hate about Los Angeles: No Scottish people, seriously. There is one person here who I worked with in Edinburgh and we have not had a chance to meet up yet. And I just FEEL very far from Scotland, more so than Texas…