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What I Miss About Living In LA, Part 2

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by Debbie Long

For three years I worked in the upper floors of a
downtown LA skyscraper. Each day I would eagerly wait
for the two 15 minute breaks and 45 minute lunch when
I could leave my windowless cubicle and find somewhere
outside to regroup. There was something about being
around all of the glass, concrete and steel buildings
that made me seek out water. Fortunately, downtown
Los Angeles is filled with fountains, waterfalls,
pools, water sculptures and numerous other water

When I had a short break, sipping a latte next to the
Central Library fountain with its strange bird and
lizard sculpture provided a quick diversion. Walking
around Pershing Square and its odd industrial pool and
waterfall was another way to spend a few minutes- if
you could stand the aggressive panhandling.

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If I had more time I might find myself walking up the
endless steps to the top of Bunker Hill next to the
long narrow waterfall that flows down toward the

The days when I could take a longer lunch were a good
excuse to grab a salad or sandwich and head over to
the Watercourt at California Plaza. Sitting on the
steps and watching the fountains was always soothing
and made the afternoon less stressful.

Running through the fountains at the Music Center in a
formal evening gown is on my list of Things to Do
before I Die. The tall jets of water shooting up from
the ground at foot level, without barriers, has no
doubt tempted many Angelinos to do the same. Didn't
Sarah Jessica Parker's character do something like
that in LA Story? If she didn't, she should have.

photo by Seth Gaines via Flickr