Bear with me as I logic my way through this story of mine; it’s been bouncing around in my brain for some days and I want to sound it out. Lately I’ve been on a big push in my life overall–traveling, doing new things like bouldering, and running a (5K) race for the first time. I believe these are all very good for me, and eventually they will make me a better person by making me stronger, faster, and mentally more capable. They all require determination, dedication, and discipline. They also require two other things that I’d like to talk about today: those are time and effort.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how I invest my time and/or effort into areas of my life. I’ve dedicated a huge chunk to health and fitness as of late, because I believe a good physical foundation will enable me to do the other things I want to do (travel, shoot photographs) a lot easier. I also have been thinking about how I invest time and effort in people, in creating/maintaining friendships and other relationships. Last week was a personal milestone that I’d like to share with you today.
I have the wonderful opportunity to befriend a few of you via blogging, and last week I had the pleasure of meeting one such lady in person. Last week I met up with Kali of The Nife En L’Air while she was visiting in Los Angeles, CA. Thankfully the weather, the times, and everything aligned to have a magnificent day. Here’s some shots from when we wandered around Downtown Los Angeles:
I tried some new food at Grand Central Market–Berlin Currywurst had a delicious sounding leberkäse sandwich. The folks at the shop told me it had veal and pork in it; it was a lot of food for $7! Very filling and the grilled onions and sauerkraut went well with it.
Kali’s pork cochinita from Belcampo Meat. Co. looked equally appetizing. I’ll have to go back there to check out more of their plates. They have a breakfast and lunch spread that changes at around 12:30–the pork cochinita was a morning meal. I got some beef tallow fries from them that were good, but could have been crispier/fresher. Maybe I didn’t eat them fast enough. At any rate, I want to go back because I did see they advertised a pulled lamb belly sandwich. 🙂 🙂
After our decadent meal, it was time to get some movement in. Luckily, downtown Los Angeles is full of sights within meters. I love showing people the Bradbury Building; it is by far one of my favorite architectural sites in LA.
This building is currently in use by several public agencies as well as some private firms. The first floor and part of the staircase to the second floor is open to the public, but only tenants may go up to the second and third floors. The Bradbury Building is also one of the stops on the L.A. Conservancy‘s walking tours (specifically the Historic Downtown tour) so if you are near Los Angeles and are interested in architecture and history, I highly recommend any of their tours.
Our next stop was the Last Bookstore, which is very close to the Bradbury (less than half a mile away!) I think I lost Kali here completely–what do you expect when you bring a bibliophile to a place literally made of books? The Last Bookstore is both an art installation and a bookstore and event venue in all one package. Half of the second floor of the bookstore space is an art gallery with several mini-galleries inside, and the rest of the shop has installations and paintings and works from local artists. Pictured is the book arch on the second floor of the shop. I was here not too long ago, but it’s a place I could easily return to multiple times. I don’t read as much as I ought to, but I could see myself holing up with some graphic novels on one of the couches there.
Unfortunately we didn’t have too much time to see the rest of the places I had bookmarked for us, so we ran through the Arts District quickly for some tea for Kali and a pastry for me. If I had more time I would have coordinated a better selfie 😀
I don’t really have a big lesson to be derived from my musings today–I just want to remark that the fact that this meeting even occurred was an investment of time and effort on both our parts (and thank you so much Kali for meeting up with me, as I know your time was quite full here in LA!) For me for whom making new connections is not without trepidation, I feel so humbled and lucky to have met someone kind, engaging, and open to adventure. I also feel happy to have shown someone (and indirectly those of you reading) my California–a place I am very proud to be a part of.
Thank you Kali for allowing me to share this experience with you, and thank you all for reading and engaging with me. I’d like to know if you’ve experienced something similar–in general, how do you find yourself allocating your time? What parts of your life have you tended to focus on or that are demanding more of your effort at present?