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Thank Goodness I Don’t Look Like Keith Richards Yet — 26 Comments

  1. Nope, not wrong. It sucks here. Every once and a while, I’ll get invited to some art show, but that always ends with, “let’s go to the bar down the street and get wasted.”

  2. The bar culture is annoying. Its “how many drinks can we pack in before last call.” The only real fun I ever had going out was on vacation, especially Costa Rica. I was non drinking at the time and we’d stay out dancing till 5 am. No way could I have had the energy to do that if I’d been drinking!
    Going out scene in norcal is pretty meh too. We make our own parties when we need entertainment

  3. As someone who lives where warm weather is a myth, I think there are some perks to the Southern California lifestyle. You could go dancing in a sequined gown by the Pacific? Moonlit windsurfing? And hearing the orchestra at the Disney Solar Death Ray Hall must be neat!

    But then, I am also a hermit who stays home most weekends, so I can’t really talk about nightlife.

    • Oh yes, don’t get me wrong, there are certainly benefits to living where it’s mostly pretty gorgeous as far as weather is concerned, only nightlife isn’t one of them. You could wear a sequined bikini at the beach during daytime hours, but then that means you’d have to wear a bikini. Ick. It’s just as well, I do enjoy reading at home a lot more than I probably should. After all, old age is beckoning…

  4. It’s funny, having never been to L.A. (or California at all, really) I’ve always imagined it’s a non-stop cultural feast for the senses, with starlets on every corner and people dancing in the street in perfectly-choreographed unison.


    I’ve always been a homebody at heart, too, and I believe that having adequate bonding time with one’s couch is vital to one’s emotional health. Going out every once in a while’s enough for me. Too much socializing is exhausting for the socially awkward and introverted.

    • There are definitely cool things to do during the daytime, like the touristy Hollywood thing which is still fun even if you live here, beachy activities and museums – for some reason though, nighttime seems to shut down all the fun things (at least in my definition of fun) to do. For one thing, L.A. shuts down earlier than other parts of the world. Places are open MAX till two, and usually they’re only skeezy bars/clubs.
      And I agree with your couch assessment. I have a lot of shows in my queue to catch up on, and a lot of books still to read.

  5. The only bar I’ve visited in the last few years is one in our town that has hundreds of old video arcades inside. It gives us something to do other than watch each other drink and say stupid stuff.

    But as my wife and I get older, we find it much more entertaining to invite people over (or visit them) and play board games/trivia and eat lots of food and talk until two in the morning (plus we can do this without paying for a babysitter).

  6. All I can say is, you are NEVER going to look like Keith Richards, no matter how old you get!! Also, I’ve never been one for the bar scene either. Some people just aren’t built for it. I much prefer an evening with a few friends over a board game!!

  7. Totally agree – not much culture in LA. But, I’m in Santa Barbara and we are 1/10th the size and are made up entirely of wealthy retirees or college students. Not a lot for us hovering in the middle of those two. Though, they pretty much roll the streets up at 10 around here and that tends to fit nicely with my sleep patterns these days!!!

  8. Apropos of nothing, I wanted to let you know that occasionally I need to catch up with pop culture and you inspired me to start the Game of Thrones series after your vacation to the desert.

  9. I second Mary’s emotion: you are never gonna look like Keith! I got burned out on the club/bar scene having to be in them on such a constant basis when the band was gigging and touring regularly. Coming home reeking of cigarette smoke even though i never touched them and feeling like hell in the morning. I guess I’m old, but nowadays, when I get a chance to go out and do something, there’s a part of me that would rather be in my pjs drinking a homemade cocktail and reading a good book. And listening to Keith on the CD player. 😉

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