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Five reasons I am thankful to be living in this city...

1. Urban + Nature
It's truly the best of two worlds to live in Los Angeles. My native Angeleno ex-girlfriend used to ask why would anyone want to leave LA? You can surf in the morning and ski at night. She didn't do either and, well, she eventually moved away. Still, pick up a Southern California hiking book or two and you'll find an endless amount of nearby trails to hike and areas to camp. My current favorite is still Rock Pool at Malibu Canyon, a 20-minute drive from Sherman Oaks.

2. All the music in the world
I never have to wonder if one of my favorite bands is coming to town. It's only a matter of when and then how soon will they be back after that? And it's just not the rock scene, it's the jazz, the world music and the classical. There is sooooo much here, my brain is going to explode from music overload. And that's a good thing.