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Los Angeles: You have broken my heart again
by Katy Purviance on 04/16/08 @ 09:23:16 pm
Categories: News, Articles | 294 words | 1011 views

If you’re following the harrowing tale of yesterday’s robbery of my laptop containing my life’s work (plus other valuables), here’s the latest…

LAPD sent their Fingerprint Taking Lady over, a full 26 hours after the “The Mexican Guy Wearing All White” and the “The Black Guy Wearing the Amer-I-Can Shirt” ransacked our place. The left a few nice shoe prints so next the Photography Lady came over to take pictures. Tomorrow they’re supposed to assign a detective to our case, and he’s supposed to get with our deadbeat property manger to get the surveillance images.

I know that it’s highly unlikely that the perpetrators are reading this, BUT IF YOU ARE, I beg you to PLEASE return my laptop. Mine was the one witht the big “WRITE SHIT DOWN” sticker on it. You have made me so sad. You don’t even know.

So in the meantime, I’m using my boyfriend’s teeny tiny litle laptop. And it was from the teeny tiny little screen that I found this little nugget of mirth that I thought I would pass along to you, in case you, like me, are experiencing a time of sorrow.

It’s an article called “LA now a pedestrian paradise.” This is one of my ultimate fantasies. Unfortunately, it looks like this article comes from the Faking Places section of Projects for Public Places. Faking Places is full of my ultimate fantasies and very few realities.

LOS ANGELES–A bicyclist pedaling leisurely down Wilshire Boulevard spots a friend strolling down the sidewalk and pulls over to chat. A tall, tanned man wearing a Versace suit stops in the middle of a crosswalk to flirt with a blonde woman in a short skirt and high heels. Welcome to rush hour in L.A.

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