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On the first day of the New Year, I awoke to a thick fog obstructing the sunshine that had graced Santa Barbara only the morning before. I felt that 2009 was demonstrating immediately that it was a new and different kind of year. For me, New Year's Day has always inspired ambivalent feelings, particularly about "resolutions." If something is worth doing, why wait until the New Year to start doing it? What is true on January 1 that was not evident the day before? But of course, there is something different. It is as if at the stroke of midnight, I step through a doorway and, closing the door behind me, leave the past in the past, and embrace the new future in front of me. It is a chance not only to change how I act, but it is an opportunity to change how I THINK. It those ball-dropping, confetti-flying, toast-making, New Year's-kissing, Auld Lang Syne-singings moments and the first dawn that follows I remember how to smile, how to breath in life, how to see the best in the future that will inevitably come.
On this New Year's Day, I departed Santa Barbara for a southward trip to my current home. Listening to an ominous "tink-tink-tinking" from my car's engine that sounded like a metronome after ten lines of cocaine, I breezed along the empty 101S passing the landmarks that I used to chart my journey: Rincon and La Chonchita; Golf n' Stuff; Kanan Road; the 405 heading off towards parts of LA more glamorous; Griffith Park; the ABC building; the Rose Bowl; and finally to my exit in Pasadena, CA.
I've lived here three and a half years now, and despite my initial dread in moving to Los Angeles, I really like it. It is similar in some ways to Santa Barbara. And different in many others. But as is apt to happen, I have started to take my surroundings for granted and I walk through this beautiful place in a fog like the one that welcomed us to 2009. So this New Year's Day I will make a resolution: To look with new eyes at the place I am living and to use my words and my camera lens to share it with the town that will always be number one in my heart.
So consider this Santa Barbara ex-patriot your foreign correspondent in a distant land. I hope to provide information and a perspective on Pasadena for the City 2.0 community.