Trying to keep my chin up I decided a little distraction would do me good, so I took my roommate up on the offer to go out with him. His friend Lily was playing a final show with her band at The Echo, so I tagged along for what turned out to be the perfect medicine.
We started the evening at The Gold Room where I sipped soda water (due to my weak stomach) and surprisingly ran into a couple of friends of mine! Seeing someone from San Francisco right here in my neighborhood bar totally brightened my mood and gave me the sense of being at home. After the bar we headed to the venue where we saw three bands. Lily, the lead singer of "Lily and the Ladies" was fantastic and "the Ladies" rocked out. I'm not one to critique music, not really my field of expertise but I will say the whole night was loud, fun, visual and highly entertaining. The crowd was made up of what appeared to be the Hipster scene on steroids, the hottest and coolest looking chicks you've ever seen and the skinniest boys in the tightest pants. The fashion, for the most part, was similar to the Mission sensibility but amped way up.
All of my roommate's friends were totally welcoming and fun and they were all interesting and accomplished people who seemed to have a million different jobs and artistic endeavors. Overall the night gave me a break from stress, it gave me a nice big dose of fun and it gave me the first taste of my local nightlife. Once again I'm grateful to have landed in the neighborhood I did, I'm so stoked that I hit the jackpot with my roommies and I can't wait to continue to explore all LA has to offer. So far so good, sippin' on a coconut Italian soda and gearing up for another job interview. After that, the beach. Good, free fun and a little nap in the sun. I think I can do this.