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26 Questions for Sean Bonner

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Sean Bonner is the co-founder of Metroblogging, which is the largest network of city-based blogs on the entire Interwebs -- with 50 cities under their masthead. When he's not launching new web ventures or contributing to, he's running the Culver City art gallery sixspace with his wife Caryn, being Vegan, or riding his mountain bike while humming Ice Cube tunes.

1. name:
Sean Bonner

2. birthplace:
Washington DC

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3. LA neighborhood you live in:
Silver Lake

4. how long have you lived in LA?
Since mid 2001 - In early 2001 my friend Coop talked Caryn and I into coming out to LA for a visit. We were in town for 3 days and completely feel in love. We decided on the plane back to Chicago that we were going to move, put in notices at our jobs, and 4 months later we had an LA address.

5. other than your own, what's your favorite LA neighborhood?

Having spent a good portion of my life in totally flat cities, I'm still pretty enamored with hills of any kind so any neighborhood with some elevation makes me dreamy eyed, but at the same time the more I ride my bike around LA the less I like having a hill in between me and where ever I'm trying to go. The thing I really like about Silver Lake is how non urban it feels, yet any urban thing I could want is only a few minutes away. Overall I'm still very much in love with the city, and short of beachy 'hoods which I got my fill of living in Florida, I haven't seen a neighborhood yet that doesn't have some kind of appeal.

6. what film has captured LA the best for you?
There is no one film that could capture it as far as I'm concerned, but movies written and directed by people in LA definitely portray the city in a very different light than those that aren't. Tarantino's LA stuff has always felt very realistic to me, but so have certain scenes from The Big Lebowski, LA Story and CB:4

7. Angels or Dodgers?

8. your favorite LA band?

Ever? It's gotta be a tie between The Germs, the Adolescents, and NWA.

9. who was your favorite fictional character of LA?
Both Jeffery Lebowski and Fletch were at the very top of my list.

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10. what really prompted you to start Metroblogs?
Demand really. When Jason DeFillippo and I started it was because there was no site like it in LA and we both really wanted there to be, so best thing to do was just create it. We expected it to be useful and interesting to people in LA, but never anticipated the popularity it would have outside of LA. Both of us were getting e-mails from people saying how much they wished there was a site like it in their city so we only had to hear that so many times before deciding to make that happen.

11. about how many hours a week do you spend on the computer?
All of them? I very rarely am not connected in some fashion.