Will you settle for one happy Carole Lombard fan? It appears all systems are go for my move to an apartment in Los Angeles; all the remains now are the specifics (dates, etc.). While nothing will be finalized before I leave to go east today, I've been assured by the person overseeing the property that details, and things for me to sign, will be emailed in the very near future. All hurdles are more or less cleared.
A move of this magnitude marks a major change in anyone's life, but I have faith I am doing the right thing -- not just as a fan of classic Hollywood who enjoys researching the Golden Age in general and Lombard in particular, but someone who's comfortable with LA as the American city of the 21st century, blending elements of the Pacific Rim and Latin America with traditional U.S. society. True, at times the city can be as exasperating as it is exciting, but that's part of the process.
My last full night in SoCal for now was spent not in Los Angeles but in Orange County, watching the Angels take on Tampa Bay. It was my first time in the ballpark since the home finale in 1996 -- the last game there before the football seating was taken out. Now, Angel Stadium has a classic ballpark feel to it...and in the distance you can see the Honda Center, where the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks were meeting Friday in a deciding game 7.
Neither home team had much to celebrate. The Angels' offense was meek in a 3-0 loss, and on the ice LA stormed to an early 4-0 lead and never looked back in a 6-2 triumph over their arch-rivals.
More games in Anaheim may be in my future; we will see. For now, I'm...