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L.A. – One of the safest cities?

Even though I’m not going to be living in L.A. (I’ll be an hour South, in Orange County), I’ll probably be spending some time there. Luckily, I have a much lower chance of getting killed there than in a number of smaller U.S. cities:

“Not since the Beach Boys were in peach fuzz and crew cuts has it been so safe to live and play in the City of Angels. Believe it: you are more likely to be murdered in Columbus, Ohio, or Tulsa, Okla., than in the nation’s second most populous city.” — via Marginal RevolutionLos Angeles Fact of the Day

So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.

Luckily for me, I’ll be driving through Columbus, OH; Tulsa, OK; and even sunny St. Louis when I move. Better keep the windows rolled up just in case:

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LA for the day

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

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I flew out to LA on Thursday for an interview, but I’ll keep the details confidential for now.

Anyway, SoCal has been great this week. I spent a little time in El Segundo on Thursday afternoon and I’ve been down in Orange County since Thursday night. I’ve never been in OC so it’s completely foreign to me. It reminds me of South Florida in some ways, but at the same time it’s very different.

One example would be that LA has a large Asian (especially Vietnamese) and Mexican population, which you just don’t see in South Florida (it’s predominantly Hispanic – Cuban, Colombian, Venezuelan and Argentinean).

Another example that’s immediately striking is the topography: lots of hills as opposed to South FL’s complete flatness.

I spent a little time on Newport last night. I was half expecting it to look like what I’ve seen on “The O.C., ” but like any place you see on TV you find that what’s been shown if often exaggerated or distorted in some way.

I’m heading up towards L.A. in a few minutes to see some friends around Redondo Beach, but I’m going to take my time driving up the coast. I’m especially interested in exploring Huntington Beach since it wouldn’t be to0 far from the office if I move out to Cali.

Time to head out to breakfast. I’m going to check out the Costa Mesa Omelette Parlor, which has a lot of good reviews on Yelp. I went to Rooster Cafe yesterday (another Yelp recommendation) and the Huevos Rancheros were really good.

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