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A to Z 2014 : LA-LA LAND

(An A to Z 2014 Challenge Entry)


Today a friend of mine is flying out to L.A. — in fact, he just landed — for a series of interviews with a human resource company. I wish I was out there with him. He asked me a handful of times, but I’m never one to just randomly have spare money for such impromptu luxuries. Especially when joining him on his flight would cost around 1500$. Technically, I did find an alternate flight, just two hours later, for 500$, but that isn’t including expenditures for two days and two nights in Los Angeles.

That lucky bastard is getting his entire trip paid for by this company, so we are assuming they are highly interested in him working for them. They have a branch in our home state, but after footing this bill, it’s likely they are hoping he moves out there to their primary office.

This weekend I assisted my friend in picking out an ensemble for his interviews and evenings out on the town. He had already bought a new suit for the first interview, but needed a more casual outfit for another. I tell you what, with how much he is spending on his end for this trip, I hope they hire him. Having someone out in L.A. for me to visit is just a bonus…

Also, I explained to him there is the distinct possibility that they are flying him out to harvest his organs. So, you know, there is that to take precautions for. We laugh, though, because he isn’t in the best of health, so the joke will be on them! Suckas!

Just to be safe, though, he relayed to me key information, in case something happens to him.

So, if need be, I can go Liam Neeson on their asses.

Have you ever been to L.A.? If so, what were your thoughts? Have you ever had a friend or loved one more out of state to take a job? If so, how did it affect you and the relationship?

10 comments:

  1. I lived in LA for about 2 years. You probably would've had a good time w/ your friend, though, but if it makes you feel better, I personally hated Los Angeles with the passion of 1 zillion fire crackers. (Sorry about the weird comment situation, Google + is being weird w/ me right now)

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    1. 2 Years? Why did you hate your time out there? I think I would have had a blast, if there would have been enough time to sight-see between his interviews. I suppose I could have done it myself too. If he gets the job I will have a better reason to visit!

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  2. I certainly hope he gets the job after all that trouble! Holy cats! I can say I was "in" LA once, but I don't really count it as being there, since I never left the airport. I had a 3 hour layover at LAX. That was my California experience.

    To address the other part of the question, my very best friend since the 6th grade moved from Michigan to Ohio right out of high school, studied abroad in Luxembourg for a time, and settled in North Carolina where she now lives with her husband and children. The only way it really changed our relationship has been the obvious lack of actual physical presence. Otherwise, we still talk pretty regularly on the phone and keep in touch through emails, Facebook, and we are in a book club through Goodreads, which is fun. When we were younger, I always pictured our kids growing up together and knowing each other, which didn't end up happening. Other than that, thanks to technology, we have been able to remain quite close. Relationships are all about how much effort you put in, no matter the distance. Good luck to your friend!

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    1. I hope he does too! So far it sounds like it's going good. Tonight he should find out if he has the offer or not, and what they intend to pay for the position. I don't count layovers either, unless it's an excessive one and you tour some maybe? But even then I'd be hard pressed counting it. Same with just driving through states.

      Never any California Beach Bunny dreams?! I'm pretty sure I'd make an awesome Beach Bum...

      It's awesome you are still in touch with your friend. I understand that the effort has to go into it, but I get a bit frustrated if that effort is one-sided. So, while I technically could manage maintaining a long-distance friendship by doing all the leg work, I am prone to letting it go if it's not mutual.

      I don't know if that will happen in this situation, we've lost touch a handful of times and literally just reconnected (due to my pursuing it) a few months ago, but I suppose time will tell.

      Our mutual envisioned shared-life involved him owning a multibillion dollar company and me working for him, possibly as a silent bodyguard.

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  3. Saw on your sidebar that you are a fellow Wrimo. You've go a good sense of humor. Keep at it! #atozchallenge

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    1. Thanks or stopping by, Shonna! I have indeed participated in NaNoWriMo, but this past year was a bit dismal. Hopefully yours was successful! I'm planning on sharing some of my butchered fiction for my "N" post. If I can get myself to do so...

      I will try to stop by in return soon!

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  4. I am sorry things didn't work out for you to go with this time. But if he gets the job, then we definitely have a reason to go visit often!

    I had a good friend move away when I was 13 and we were able to keep in touch via phone and letters (back when AIM was just getting started) through part of high school, but then it became hard to do and it eventually fell off. And that is the same circumstance for a handful of other friendships as well. But in some of the more recent ones, such as college friends who have ended up in different states, I somehow feel like it would be easier to rekindle the friendship if both parties wanted to.

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    1. Yeah, I was pretty bummed, and so was he... until he met all his possible new co-workers lol Definitely will be nice to have someone out there for an excuse to travel some! I'm sure he would really enjoy visitors.

      It really just seem to depend on both individuals in the equation. I have found that I eventually lose touch over time the farther they are. Hell, even one of my best friends that lives only an hour away replies a few times a year. Some other people's kids, I swear!

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  5. I lived in LA for four years; my husband lived there for 14. We moved away from there 17 years ago this summer and have never been back. I always thought we'd get there to visit, but it's so expensive to fly, and it's a loooooong car trip. Expensive, either way you go. I'm still in touch with a handful of people I knew out there, but mostly, I want to go back there for the food.

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    1. So many people have either lived or been out to L.A., I'm behind the pack. I will have to change it up. The job my friend applied for out there is still completely up in the air. The company seems to be disorganized in their methods of hiring, or maybe the lifestyle out in L.A. dictates a less than professional, who-gives-a-fuck, mentality? Either way, if he doesn't land the job out there I'm sure it will be even longer before I make a visit, considering I don't know anyone else in the area.

      It's cool you are still in touch with people out there, but indeed odd you haven't ever visited. Then again, I haven't really ever revisited many locations I've lived at within the state, much less out of state...

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