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28 Feb 2011, 9:28 pm

So I'm pretty set to move to Los Angeles next month. I'll be leaving Washington, DC in my Range Rover with a friend and embarking on journey across the country. I have mixed feelings about the move because I have created a life here on the east coast and I'll be leaving a lot of my old life behind when I leave for California. However, I believe that I can always go back to the east coast if I turn out to be incompatible with Los Angeles.

I'm thinking it would be nice to meet fellow WPers on the way to California. I'll post map of which roads I'll be taking and you should let me know if you're not too far off my route to visit.

Also, if anyone lives in California and wants to meet when I get there, I'd love to do that too.

I decided that I need to take an adventure in my life right now and I'll be documenting the journey through blog posts and films. I don't know what's in store for me and I'm scared but I think it's important for me to take this journey.

Please post your thoughts. 8)


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28 Feb 2011, 9:31 pm

Sounds like it'll be a really awesome trip. Too bad Montreal isn't on the way. Ah well. 8)
Any case adventure is great, and even better when documented for others to share. "An Aspie Roadtrip Across America"
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28 Feb 2011, 10:03 pm

Thanks Vigilans. Yeah, Canada would definitely be way out of the way haha. I'm going to be going through the lowest states.


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28 Feb 2011, 10:07 pm

Good luck with your move. :)


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28 Feb 2011, 10:11 pm

My youngest daughter lives in LA and I visit fairly regularly. Let me know when you arrive and I will jump a plane for a visit as soon as I can. It would be great to meet you.

Drive safely young Alex. I have made the trip x-country numerous times and it is always a joy.



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28 Feb 2011, 10:14 pm

No one lives in California, they are all just visiting.

Do it, for the strange lacks, history, culture, make it an ever changing show.

Do not believe anything anyone says. California is life in a recent fad, where they did learn everything they know from TV.

Just enjoy it.

Trying to figure it out causes confusion. They did each once have a culture, they left it.

The route from the East to the west, avoid the middle, after the mountains, comes the middle, not north or south, as seen in Deliverance, often called the Bible belt, for that is the only book most have heard of.

Kansas City steak is great, then west coast Chinese, but between, beware, local food is boring, and perhaps dangerous. I stick with fast food, equally bad everywhere. Breakfast is usually passable.

The southern route is better, better food, Atlanta is a city, but it is mostly trees. The trees run out in East Texas, and after several days you reach bare earth. Carlsbad caverns is just off I-20.

Southern New Mexico and Arizona are desert. Drinking the water causes problems. Alway keep a few gallons in the Rover. Distilled works. Local water has minerals, like Uranium in Lordsburg, NM, which someone compared to Silent Hill.

It is mostly empty space, and that is where I tourist. Local nothing is better than the towns. As a southern flatlander I was impressed by the mountains, rock formations, it is big. An hour spent in nature is never wasted.

For your media business, Los Angeles is a needed extended business trip. Do not leave your old life behind for California, they have a lack of place. In twenty years you will be Alex from DC. Perhaps Virginia. DC has a bad media image.

Everyone in California is an expert, knows what they are talking about, on any subject. They are all actors and liers. They are living an image, move often, and rewrite their past. Look for performance. Some have done good things.

The only way to tell is to do it.



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28 Feb 2011, 10:33 pm

Inventor wrote:
No one lives in California, they are all just visiting.

Do it, for the strange lacks, history, culture, make it an ever changing show.

Do not believe anything anyone says. California is life in a recent fad, where they did learn everything they know from TV.

Just enjoy it.

Trying to figure it out causes confusion. They did each once have a culture, they left it.

The route from the East to the west, avoid the middle, after the mountains, comes the middle, not north or south, as seen in Deliverance, often called the Bible belt, for that is the only book most have heard of.

Kansas City steak is great, then west coast Chinese, but between, beware, local food is boring, and perhaps dangerous. I stick with fast food, equally bad everywhere. Breakfast is usually passable.

The southern route is better, better food, Atlanta is a city, but it is mostly trees. The trees run out in East Texas, and after several days you reach bare earth. Carlsbad caverns is just off I-20.

Southern New Mexico and Arizona are desert. Drinking the water causes problems. Alway keep a few gallons in the Rover. Distilled works. Local water has minerals, like Uranium in Lordsburg, NM, which someone compared to Silent Hill.

It is mostly empty space, and that is where I tourist. Local nothing is better than the towns. As a southern flatlander I was impressed by the mountains, rock formations, it is big. An hour spent in nature is never wasted.

For your media business, Los Angeles is a needed extended business trip. Do not leave your old life behind for California, they have a lack of place. In twenty years you will be Alex from DC. Perhaps Virginia. DC has a bad media image.

Everyone in California is an expert, knows what they are talking about, on any subject. They are all actors and liers. They are living an image, move often, and rewrite their past. Look for performance. Some have done good things.

The only way to tell is to do it.


I have to disagree about southern food, or at least, most of the food here in TN (where the main technique is to just fry everything). As for interesting places in the south, Atlanta is nice to visit. Asheville, NC is somewhat interesting and pretty laid back. I definitely want to go to CA someday. Judging from what I've heard and from people I've met from there, I think I would deal better with living in San Francisco than Los Angeles, personally (I relate with artsy bohemian types much more than Hollywood types, plus I like the idea of mild weather all year round), but I'd like to visit both.
Anyway, OP: Good luck with everything.



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28 Feb 2011, 10:39 pm

Well the food in eastern NC is nothing to complain about. I am not too fond of the cuisine in my new home of Charlotte. Meh.


Anyway, I wish it was me going out West. Good luck and I look forward to following your adventure.


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28 Feb 2011, 10:39 pm

This is good news indeed.

I would like to meet you, Alex. And you, too, kfisherx.

I think you'd like it in Los Angeles, Alex. I'm glad for you that you're going through that door. :)



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28 Feb 2011, 10:55 pm

Thanks everyone! We're driving from DC to Charlottesville and here's the route I'm thinking we're going to take after that. I'll probably modify this so that we will pass through more interesting cities.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source= ... 87&t=h&z=4


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28 Feb 2011, 11:05 pm

Wish I lived there. :P

Have fun and make the most of it :D



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28 Feb 2011, 11:10 pm

California's not all bad. I guess it's a matter of taste. They have a Christian burger chain called In N Out here, they're everywhere in Cali but none of the other states (well, some of the other states, but not many!), so be sure to check them out. They understand how to modify orders, which is good if you have sensory issues that keep you from eating a standard-issue hamburger, so I guess they're better than McDonald's. LA has a lot of cars, from what I've heard, so probably a lot of traffic, but I've yet to go there myself. San Francisco is impressive, so now you'll be nearby you should visit; I've been there a couple of times. Just beware of the weather, which makes no sense. Oh, and visit Monterey!! !


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28 Feb 2011, 11:15 pm

Well, a lot of areas of washington DC are NOT that great. You'll probably like LA better. I lived there for almost 40 years. I ALSO lived in the Washington DC area for about 3 years. I lived in virginia. NEAR Wasington DC fopr another 2. Heck, I worked practically a block away from the whitehouse. So I think I can judge both areas.

The other 5 years I lived all over.

One thing though, LA doesn't have as manny shuttles or subways, so you'll likely have to drive more.

BTW southern california, and northern california are FAR apart! Ever see a map? YEP! LUCKILY, there are flights for less than about $100(roundtrip) to go back and forth, from southwest.



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01 Mar 2011, 12:23 am

That sounds awesome. Good luck with the move and travel.



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01 Mar 2011, 12:55 am

Aw, man, you're not hitting up Wyoming? That sucks.

Still, have fun and best of luck!


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01 Mar 2011, 5:17 am

I live in Orange County, around an hour south from L.A. I've been to L.A many times though. It's an interesting place, but when commuting you probably want to give yourself at least 2X more than the estimated mapquest time due to the heavy traffic there.
Anyway, good luck with your move.