A Year in Los Angeles is a misnomer. We've been here 1.5 years now. At the same time it all feels like a grand transition. I don't want to stay in Los Angeles for the long term.
However it has access to so many nice places, be it Bishop or Big Bear or Warner Springs. In town, there is such little beauty. The incessant and numbing landscape with few landmarks for orientation leaves the traveler sucked dry.
The pleasure of living in Los Angeles seems to be more in the ability to escape it. The famous in Malibu which isn't really Los Angeles at all - just hills that meet the sea. The Rich lock themselves away in compounds tucked into the hills.
Those who cannot get away are suck in the smog. With so many particles there is so little atmosphere. No mood, the city is a blank set. Feeling and mood are created temporally and only for the camera.