Musings on the Lawn

Last week I was back in good old Los Angeles for a visit.  It was the first time I’d been back since I moved almost 6 months before, so it was kind of a big deal.  It was wonderful to visit and see all my friends and family and soak up some sun, but I must say, next time I’ll plan a less full itinerary.  I did the amount of socializing in one week that I would have done in a month, and I wore myself out.

One day where I did rest and relax was my trip to the Getty Center.  It’s an art museum high on a hill with gorgeous architecture, carefully designed gardens, and grounds that are perfect for lounging and reading.    The Getty Center is a place that can easily be bullshitty, but somehow isn’t.  I met up with my friend Misha to see the Herb Ritts exhibit (LA people: go see this!  It’s fantastic) but I beat her there by a few hours so had some time to chill out.  In a random burst of inspiration, I scribbled down some life notes that I found interesting.  I’m trying to make creativity more of a habit in my life and take more advantage of these random bursts of inspiration.  It’s good stuff, that inspiration!

Anyway, sorry for the detour but this is what I was thinking and feeling at the time:

– Saw Jack White at the Wiltern last night (for those of you who haven’t met me in person, I’m really into Jack White).  From the moment he took the stage, I started screaming my head off like a teenager seeing the Beatles.  Now I’m at the Getty, alone, half content/half lonely, daydreaming about meeting Jack White, falling madly in lust, being whisked off to Nashville for romantic trysts.  Romantic trysts with a rock star, and one of the greatest musicians known to man.  I’m hopeless – and just a little creepy.

The man himself, a true god of rock and roll and object of my obsession. This photo was taken at the show I went to!

– The Getty is quiet today.  School groups (one from my high school included), families, tourists, old people.  Expensive as hell parking.  Why did I come here?  Oh yeah – it’s beautiful!  And Herb Ritts!  I love me some elegant fashion photography.  I love relaxing on the lawn by the curving stone wall.  The size of the stones remind me of an ancient castle.  It always makes me feel like I’m at a medieval garden party.

Getty Center lawn. Who wouldn’t want to hang out here? Jousting and crumpets, anyone?

– Started reading The House of Mirth.  I’ve missed classic literature.  I’m paying quite attention to when and where it was written (1905, USA) and it actually is making a big impact on the reading experience.  I don’t have one iota of pity for the main character, Lily Bart.  I find her selfish,  spoiled, and immature in her quest for a rich man so she can continue her exorbitant lifestyle.  But the thing is I don’t think you are supposed to.  She is presented as being a real person, with her many quirks and flaws.  I imagine this type of woman was probably quite common in New York at this time.

This is not the cover of my copy. I wish it was.

– I was really worried coming back to LA for a visit would make me miss it here and want to come back.  The glorious thing is – it really doesn’t!  There’s many things here I don’t need, like traffic and expensive parking and freeways and ridiculous old people at the Getty and the valley and the heat.  ‘course, I haven’t yet seen Le Quad, the Jew Crew or my parents, and let’s face it, those are the big things for me here.  But it’s truly empowering to have discovered that I don’t need LA and can easily go other places.  However, I have raised the question: what the hell am I doing with my life and where do I need to be?  My current aspirations of a makeup artist or costume designer may lend themselves more easily to LA or NY.  That said though, I definitely have not yet discovered all that SF has for me.  And as far as Sephora goes, I think it’s the best place to be.  So for now, I think it’s good and I’m very happy being there.

It’s comforting to know that I can exist without this hellacious traffic every day

After that day making these notes I did go on to see all the people mentioned and do a lot of fun things in LA.  Mini-golf, movie night at John’s, tea with the Jew Crew, sushi more than once. . .

It’s nice to get away and clear you head, even if it is to return to where you’ve grown up.

Good Luck and Happy Travels,


10 thoughts on “Musings on the Lawn”

  1. House of Mirth is one of my all time most favorite books!!! Lily Bart is a complicated character. Have you finished yet because I don’t want to give anything away!!!

    1. Yay!!! No I haven’t finished yet, I’m maybe halfway through. When I wrote the above notes I had only read the first 3 chapters, so I hadn’t read the scene where she and Selden (massive fictional lady boner!! Ahhhhhh!!!) bare their souls and share a cigarette. So now I like her more 🙂 I watched the film a long time ago, when my dad went on business trips my mom and sister and I would pack in as many period piece films as possible, so I know the end is tragic, but I don’t remember anything else. I’ll keep you posted as I go along!

  2. i loved this post. and now i want to go to that getty center/ ritts thing. if it’s still on i’m taking wifesy…so, thank you! xo, sm

  3. Don’t stress out so much about what you should be doing, just do what you do! Just like the day you relaxed at the Getty I try to make myself be in the moment because that’s where life happens.

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