Ah, it’s a whole new year again. The merry feasting is over. It’s time to make way for another old tradition: reflect on the year past and make resolutions to better ourselves.
Ah, it’s a whole new year again. 2013. The merry feasting is over. Most of us are now either busy playing with our new toys or trying to diet-slash-workout away all that good food and booze we so happily consumed over the holidays (‘cos really, what is Christmas without the binging, eh).
So move over, birth of Jesus. It’s time to make way for another old tradition: reflect on the year past and make New Year’s resolutions.
Here in Los Angeles, life is back to normal – less busy and loud than how it was during the holidays but busy and loud nonetheless. The traffic, well it’s back from its insane holiday madness to just the LA-normal craziness. The sun has peaked out once or twice (to our intense relief because Angelenos really don’t do well when the sky isn’t blue!) since all that dreary gray weather loomed over us during the holidays. And at my apartment, our tree has been taken down and all those leftovers have been ingested and digested.
My boyfriend, James, and I have made our own New Year’s resolutions. One of them is to walk more than we did last year. We decided that aren’t getting any younger and if we continue to eat the way we do and not stay active, we will look like those overweight future humans in Wall-E (by the way, cutest robot movie ever!). And what better way to start off that resolution than to get up early on Tuesday morning and walk across LA’s Sixth Street Viaduct, my favorite bridge in LA.
If you’ve ever been to LA, you might already know that we don’t have any of those dressed-to-impress bridges like the Brooklyn Bridge in New York or the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Ours are more humble and old school. And the Sixth Street Viaduct isn’t much different EXCEPT for its view, or should I say, views. Not only does this bridge offer a great overhead view of the railroad tracks and the LA river but if you’re driving or walking across it from the east, especially when the sun is rising or just before night has fallen when the sky is dusky blue behind all those sparkling urban lights, it will also reward you with a stunning view of the downtown LA skyline. While not a lot of people know about it, I truly think that it has to be experienced by everyone at least once.
Anyway, speaking of breaking New Year’s resolutions, no sooner than we made the resolution to eat home-cooked meals more did I initiate breaking it because I suddenly had a craving for ramen. So we gave our kitchen a time-off and headed downtown to my most favorite ramen joint, Shin-Sen-Gumi, located just around the corner from Little Tokyo’s Ramen Row, to enjoy big bowls of their delicious customized Hakata Ramen.
The next day, James decided he too wanted a chance at breaking that resolution. I was planning on going to Echo Park on West Sunset (one of my favorite strips) to get some secondhand books and vinyls and maybe take some photos but he decided that he needed his German sausage fix. And I was hungry enough to go along with it so instead we ended up at Berlin Currywurst, which is also on West Sunset.
We really had that eat-at-home thing down, didn’t we? But that was only the third day so we have plenty of chances to make good at that particular resolution.
Speaking of good food, life in LA isn’t complete unless you’ve lived on a diet of tacos for a short period of time. It’s not really as much a necessity as it is an inevitability, because it seems like every single major street here has a taco restaurant, stand, or truck (or even all three). No lie. And as far as taco trucks go, Tacos La Estrella is perhaps one of the best. Their prices are super cheap, their meats are tender, and their al pastor taco is to die for! It’s on York (another favorite strip of mine so you’ll definitely hear more about it from me), if you are ever in the mood for some good tacos.
Also on York (didn’t I tell you you’ll be hear more about York?) is Galco’s Soda Pop Stop for soda and beer junkies like me. It’s so close to our place that we always have to make a pit stop there. But, seriously, how can you stay away when they have cream sodas, chocolate sodas, colas, imported beer, ales, root beers, and sparkling fruit juices from places like Moonachie, New Jersey and Hexham, Northumberland? Seriously, it’s like a taste of soda and beer heaven. Also, they support small and independent bottlers and brewers as opposed to those billion-dollar corporations like Coca-Cola and Pespi. Best of all, its aisles make for great doubles with the Lomo LC-A! The differently packaged bottles on the shelves blend will blend so well with anything. Go ahead, try it when you’re there!
But enough about food and drinks. Let’s get back on topic.
Have you made any resolutions this year? Admittedly, most of the resolutions we had made and we’ll make in the future, we probably didn’t and won’t get to keep. I think breaking resolutions is as much a part of the tradition as making them.
But no matter how many times we break them, we keep making new ones anyway. Every year, as soon as the Christmas holiday is over, we make new ones or even recycle the old ones we didn’t get to keep. Why is that? I like to think that it’s because as human beings we never really completely lose hope. Because we always crave for change. I think that this reason behind making resolutions is as important as the resolutions themselves, even if we only change a little at a time. Because it means that we always want to be the better versions of ourselves, and because nothing is worse and duller than complete, utter stagnation. Don’t you agree?