"I wish every kid 'dreaming' of making it
in Hollywood could read your page."
Date: Mon, 02 Jun 1997 23:09:01 -0700
From: Alan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To: Richard Geib (email@example.com)
Subject: Hollywood thoughts
At 11:09 PM 6/2/97 -0700, you wrote:
I don't know how I found your web page, but I'm glad I did.. You see,
I went to LA and Hollywood 8 years ago as a singer/songwriter and, to
a certain extent, experienced many of the same things you did. It's funny,
you move out there thinking it's so "cool" and "just like paradise" buy
you quickly get slapped in the face. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy hangin'
on the "Strip" on Sunset during the Golden Years (it's sooo depressing
to go back, what happened?), drinking, and at least feeling like a rock-star,
but soon it got old. The flakes and fake-attitudes get to you and leave
you longing for something better. "How long can I put up with hangin'
around in this (Hollywood) environment?" I would ask. Although I never
did drugs, or live in Hollywood (I lived on the West Side and in the
Hancock Park area on Masselin), I completely agree with your viewpoints
and wish every kid "dreaming" of making it in Hollywood could read your
Your right about the gang problem as well. It's completely out of hand.
These guys own the streets in areas, the cops and residents are giving
up, and the bad neighborhoods continue to spread. Not to mention the
real-estate markets has sunk fot the last 6 years. I can't think of any
reason to buy a house in LA, let alone raise a family and send my kids
to one of the pathetic LAUSD schools. I don't see any improvements, and
fear the worst. It seems so bad in LA comparatively to where else I've
been. For instance, race relations in LA are terrible. Blacks, Whites,
and Mexicans are all reaching their boiling points, blaming each other
for each's problems. It got worse every year I was out there.
Now, I've been out of LA for a month, after packing up my hopes and
dreams and moving them back home to Chicago. where I'm a computer programmer.
Although I wouldn't trade my experiences out in LA for anything, looking
back it was real tough and the people were real "interesting." All I
can say is that I hope your happy with where you are and your not alone.
Almost everyone that I knew as a real friend has packied it up as well.
I can't imagine what it's like today.
Thanks for the thoughts,
Thank you for taking the time to read
my pages and I am glad you liked them. I always wondered about
that lure of moving to Hollywood, and I guess I was also taken
in a little by the whole thing - even after I had been living in
LA for many years. I guess everyone has to learn for themselves.
In particular, I really feel that all those runaway teens are duped
in thinking they will find what they are looking for in Hollywood.
If I was a parent whose child had run away and I had heard he/she
was living on the Hollywood streets, I would be out of my mind
I learned a lot of new things living
in Hollywood/Los Angeles and consider myself the wiser for it.
Although I would prefer to eat crushed glass rather than return,
I don't regret having lived there. I got the impression you feel
Los Angeles - and many other big cities
- are perhaps great places to be a young adult but terrible when
it comes time to invest in a community with family, career, etc.
There is just too much of everything: drugs, gangs, poverty, wealth,
etc. In Hollywood and Los Angeles especially, there is suck a lack
of parks, sports teams, etc. and such a preponderance of show business
morality in terms of the supremacy of style over substance, consumerism,
etc. It sucks. It is not for nothing that so many people leave
after going to school or growing up there.
I am not quite sure where I will settle
down, but I am fine where I am for the moment. Thank you for inquiring.
I wish you luck out in Chicago in your
Very Truly Yours,