A Graphic Tour

What’s with the picture montage at the top of my blog, huh? I whipped that bad boy together for you because I want to show you where I’m from and the places I will be seeing. So, in order from left to right…

1. Santa Monica Mountains – the beautiful range that will surround my new (as yet undefined) home. They also remind me of episodes of M.A.S.H.

2. Hollywood sign – do you need an explanation? Really? I’d like to see this, because I will gladly be a tourist in my new hometown. But I will not take that douchy picture of my husband pretending to hold the sign up with his bare hands.

3. Zuma Beach, Malibu – one of the many waterfront sites I’ll be exploring. There are 75 miles of ocean coastline in the city of Los Angeles alone. I look forward to discovering how much plankton my swimsuit will hold.

4. South Bend, IN skyline – this photo is a view over the St. Joseph River. From there you can see the Chase tower (in desperate need of repair), and the Century Center. I have called this city home for thirty-some years.

5. Farmland – isn’t that what comes to mind when you think “Indiana”? While South Bend is certainly not an agricultural community, it is surrounded by rural areas. These haystacks are a common sight, depending on the season. I might be a Hoosier, but I don’t tip cows or make jewelry from cornhusks. Anymore.

6. Winter! I’m a big geek for winter. Northern Indiana can easily be bombarded with snow from November – March. I absolutely love snow and cold weather. The winters can be brutal, and yet you’ll still find folks walking around without coats in 20 degree weather. I refuse to wear socks until the snow is deep enough to get into my shoes. There are long lines at the Dairy Queen when it heats up to 40 degrees. We’re hardcore like that.



First post!

Hi all! I’m Mel, your host and inexperienced future Los Angeleno. I’m embarking on a journey that will take me from the flat verdant plains of northern Indiana to the rolling canyons of southern California, and you get to see the process!

A little back story…
I am a born and bred South Bend Indiana native. Don’t be fooled into thinking I’m a small-town gal. This chick is a street-smart experienced city trekker. I look forward to exploring the sights, sounds, tastes and occasionally the smells of the greater Los Angeles area. All of this sensory input will be processed by yours truly, and regurgitated into a nice little observational piece that I promise won’t be too cynical. Midwestern-style.