I hated the Valley.
I didn't care much for LA for that matter, but I ended up working in the film business. So for better and for worse, I was stuck with the City of Angels.
Root, Root, Root for the Home Team
I grew up with the Showtime Lakers, my hero being, Magic Johnson, imagine that. When he contracted HIV and "retired" and then came back and....
It shook me to my foundation on a few levels. Magic's still alive and going strong.
And I'm, like Kobe said, "A Laker for life".
Obviously this years been tough for Laker fans. After the Chris Paul debacle, the Laker management was able to get Steve Nash, to don a Laker jersey and then got a second Superman, going by the name of Dwight Howard.
Things were looking good.
And then shit south in big way. (No offense to the South)
Out of the Pan, Into the Fire
Without much ado, we got rid of Mike Brown, who I never thought was a good fit.
Then for a minute or two, it looked like Phil Jackson was going to come and save the day. But no we got D'antoni. He talked about a fast-pace offense, going so far to invoke, the Showtime Lakers. I was excited until I started to think about the current Laker roster and how old and not "Showtime" ready they were.
Talk about trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. And that is pretty much how things have gone.
I'm still a fan.
The film business has always filmed "on location". That being said, Los Angeles for a long time was where most things were filmed. Back in the day, long before I joined the ranks, back lots spread across huge swaths of LA. We had Egypt in our backyard and several western towns.
When I first got in the union, I worked on Bugsy, Dracula, Hook, Last Action Hero, and several more, all LA shoots and there were a bunch of other shows crowding the stages. In the last several years, Cindy and I have worked out of LA more than in, going as far as Montreal, Rhode Island, Mexico, our Florida crew has worked with us more consistently than our LA guys and now Atlanta has become the Hollywood South.
Cindy has done several shows in Atlanta. I have since joined their local 479, got a Georgia driver's license and most recently a Georgia license plate for our newly purchased trailer.
Our tax adviser half-jokingly called us migrant workers and told us to rest assured he'd represented that type before, albeit it was in his hippie, left-winged crusader era and those migrant workers usually didn't have green cards much less citizenship.
I've been with my tax-guy longer than I've been with Cindy and he's handled all of my loopy lifestyles with no problem at all.
I think I've finally given him a worthy challenge.
When is LA not LA
It looks like my next job will be in LA, as in Louisiana not Los Angeles.
Off to another tax incentive local.