March 15, 2006

Thanks for All the Notes, Everyone.

Today is a better day. I had a nice little minor row with Attila the Hub. This spring we've been together sixteen years. In fourteen months, we will have been married for a full decade. So I guess, as he put it, we've already "beaten the odds."

It's gratifying that we're learning how to cajole each other out of our bad moods and grumpy moments without it being a manipulative thing, or a way of sweeping all conflicts under the rug. Both of us find the extremes rather tempting, and find it challenging to stay on the balance beam of life. Less so, of course, as we get older.

And it amazes me that we seem to be able to fight fair. Of course, that's one of the essential skills in any relationship, but the formula for "fairness" changes according to who the other person is: there are no abstract rules.

I'm even getting things done around the house, in anticipation of my niece's visit from Chicago next week. The place still looks like a horror show: papers and books everywhere. But it's sllllloooooowwwlllyyy improving.

The niece is coming out for a Dir en Grey concert, and staying for a full week. We're in the process of compiling our L.A.-area "must sees," and I find myself a bit confused, since one feels like one ought to go downtown, yet I get there so rarely in the course of a normal year.

I just don't feel like L.A. has much to do with that city called "Los Angeles." If you know what I mean.

The one non-negotiable cliche is Venice Beach. She does need to see that—and on a weekend, so she can experience the full brunt of the craziness to be found there.

Of course, we're both so overprotective of her that we might come off more like bodyguards than an aunt and uncle—particularly at the concert, which may be a bit punk-ish for our tastes.

How lovely to be an old fogey. I can't think of a better thing to be.

Posted by Attila Girl at March 15, 2006 04:43 PM | TrackBack

Nothing like a fight to clear out the emotional sinuses. Me, I'll learn to appreciate gin.

Posted by: Sean Hackbarth at March 16, 2006 12:05 AM

Where ever else you go, if you can, drive through Laurel Canyon. And remember ALL the movies.

Posted by: Ed at March 16, 2006 12:03 PM

I agree on the Los Angeles not really being LA. As someone who lives in Pasadena, I think of this place as a whole bunch of little places.

Our L.A. Things To Do:

Huntington Gardens
Old Town Pasadena
LA Zoo
Santa Monica Pier
Venice Beach
Long Beach Aquarium

Don't forget Beverly Center. Shopping plus a a chance to see famous celebrities.

Posted by: RightWingDuck at March 16, 2006 02:35 PM

Joy, I was so sorry to read about your loss. Sometimes having a young person to visit with and show around can help to ease the pain. I'm glad she's coming to visit.

Of course, we do want to be sure she doesn't do some of those things WE may have done at her age...!

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