Friday, June 09, 2006

Trouble on the hill.


I have come home to absolute chaos! Its actually kind of funny. But its still chaos!! Most people have already figured out where I am from, so I have decided to talk about it, especially since its been on the news so much over the last few days! So this is how the legend goes. About 10 years ago Donald Trump came to my town to build a golf course. All of the people in the city were very much against this. We already had a great golf course, and we didn't want too many tourists or people that aren't from the area golfing here, because it creates HUGE traffic issues. Basically there is one main road that runs through the city, and if people from other areas start using it, people on this road will never move! Long story short, Trump built the golf course anyways and upon completion, the 18th hole fell into the ocean. Then that was the end of that! Fast forward 9 years and Trump tries to buy off land that the city refuses to sell so that he can build a resort, and the city raises 40 million dollars to block the sale. Now that brings us to present day. Trump's golf course is now the top golf course in CA. I also think that he is planning houses around the fringes of the golf course, and he wants to change the name of the street that the golf course is on, to "Trump Road" or some lame ass crap like that, and the entire hill is absolutely LIVID about this.

This is ridiculous that the problems of rich people are so important that they make the cover of the Los Angeles Times! Bored soccer moms with too much money have nothing better to do than complain about this and it drives me crazy! Yes the name change would be extremely tacky, and it definitely does not fit in with the theme of the rest of the street names in the city, but there are bigger problems in our community that we should be worrying about! Like my senior year of HS and my freshmen year of college, I knew over 40 people that had to go into rehab from the hill (that's what we locals call PV)! I also have had many friends over the years that have killed themselves from the pressures of being a kid in PV! It's all about image and keeping up with your neighbors. Since its all about image, having a street named after gaudy ass new money with a comb over will hurt the image of PV a little, but I think its exactly what this city needs!

OKAY! I am done. If I don't stop I think that I am going to go off on a tangent about starving kids in Somalia and all sorts of crap like that! In other news, I didn't tell my mother that I was gay, and that was never the plan. Instead I sat her down and I told her that as I find myself her views and my views are becoming more and more polarized. I told her that I am not at a point in my life where I can be preached to the way that she does and get something positive out of it. I end up frustrated and upset, and I don't have the maturity to express myself in a way where I can be understood. So instead I become angry and resentful at her, and I don't want that. She didn't really have much to say after that because I didn't give her much room to argue with me. She tried to start up with her bible crap but I gave her an exaggerated response of frustration and she gave up. I had to make sure that I chose my words carefully and that I kept control of the conversation the whole time because I have never lied to my mother, and I refuse to start now. If she ever asks me THE question, I will tell her the truth. She deserves that much from me.

I just finished packing and I am getting ready to go to Westwood for the weekend. I am going to be staying with a friend for the weekend because I am really tired still and I am not going to want to make that drive everyday all weekend. I have no lesson plan as of yet, but I am planning on coming up with something during dinner with a couple of graphics friends. There's a lot to go over, I just need to find a way to make it fun so that my staff will actually retain what I am trying to teach them. I google earth'd my city because I was to lazy to make a picture for my blog.

10 comments:

Brayn said...

So you are a PV boy! I knew it! I love how you handled that situation with your mother. That was a very mature and diplomatic way to deal with her. You are wise beyond your years, becuase I would not have come up with something nearly as good to tell my parents if I were in your situation. Lucky for me I have never had the problem of dealing with my parents. When I turned 18 I moved from Nor Cal to So Cal and I never looked back!

Asher said...

I love google earth! I had no idea that you could save picutes like that! I also love the way that you dealt with that situation with your mother. I think that you made the right decision to not tell her what was really going on in your head. If you have any doubt in your head its best to wait until you are sure of yourself completely before dropping a bomb like that on her!

Greg said...

UCLA for the summer is going to be exciting! This must be starting to feel very real right about now. I hope taht you weekend goes well. I am not a fan of Donald Trump either, he just seems like such a lout! Good luck with getting a lesson plan ready during dinner! I always do my best when I wait until the very last second.

Ray said...

oooooo a PV boy. That's impressive! I grew up in lowly Torrance. I guess that means that you are better than me... KIDDING! ANYWAY, I hope that you have fun in Westwood over the weekend. I always wait until the last minute to do all of my work until I am practically out of time anyway! Whats the point of planning weeks ahead of time? No point at all!

Warren said...

There are so many things that I think about this post! First of all I live in PV also, and what's with all the Trump hating>??? I know that you are a PV kid 4real cause of all the crap that you were talking about with like the more important things that we should worry about, we live in a messed up town. Until this blog I did not think that you have a lot of respect for your mother becuase of her views, but now it seems like you do. ANd that must be painful for you to have to keep a part of yourself from her. I hate it when shit like this gets in the way, its so pointless! I hope that you are able to work things out with yourself and your mother soon.

Josh said...

I wish that I knew more about this "PV" that everybody but myself seems to know about! I grew up in LA and I have lived in North Hollywood my whole life and I have never heard of "PV"!! Where is this place? And are you sure that it is in LA? This picture of PV does nothing for me either, becuase there's nothing else on that map that lets me know what is around it either! ANNOYING!

I really liked what you had to say to your mom. It was a very honest response to what you were going though and how you needed to deal with the situation. I like that and I think that I might use it!

Marc said...

Josh if you want to know where PV is all that you have to do is go down to the beach, and look South. You will see this huge peninsula that sticks out of the ocean. You can't miss it! Really you can't its huge (I get that a lot also BTW)!

Eric, I really hate Donald Trump also. he's annoying. I hate his hair and I hate the way that he talks. I can not stand that guy and I don't even really have a good reason to hate him! PV does have a lot of negative qualities, but I don't think that its anything to complain about! You guys only have rich people problems. I would take rich people problems over average joe problems any day!

Terry said...

Jeez! Josh is so innocently cute in so many of his remarks. {chuckle} I'm going to have to check out his blog.

Glad you've had a talk with your mom, Eric, and I'm sorry she started with the Bible crap again. It's really a shame that *that* book has caused so much grief in so many lives (when it was intended to do the opposite). Oh well. You handled the situation magnificently. I take it that you didn't tell her about the Paris trip, huh? [ssshhhhh]

Looking forward to Eddie's film on YouTube.

Carl said...

You are so cute! I love how you dealt with your mom. O and I am not a fan of PV! I have gotten lost in that city sooo many times! I hate that place its just this huge maze that nobody can traverse! THE FUCKING BREMUDA TRIANGLE right in the middle of Los Angeles County!!

Josh said...

Do you want to have dinner 2nite?? Call my cell and we will get together.