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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

90712, Lakewood


Cake pops to welcome Saif to L.A.

Dear ——–,

More than a year after they got married in Turkey, Kimi finally welcomed her husband Saif to Los Angeles. The two of them met in Baghdad as they worked together in the L.A. Times bureau. Somehow, Saif’s brother got approved for a visa first and has been living with Kimi since March. (Kimi wrote a great story about the situation, which I told her could be a sitcom if it didn’t have such an undercurrent of sadness.) Friends hosted a party in Lakewood for Saif with mint juleps and a spread of tasty treats including the red, white and blue cake pops that Kimi made. Arriving in the U.S. with no sports loyalties, Saif got assaulted throughout the night by various guys trying to convince him to become a Yankees or UCLA fan. He recognized me from one of the videos Kimi sent in June. “Michael Jackson,” he exclaimed, remembering that I had mourned the Gloved One’s death. I asked Saif how he liked L.A. so far.”Great food, great weather, friendly people and Kimi is here,” he said. “What could be better?”


Author: postmarkhere

I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

3 thoughts on “90712, Lakewood

  1. Love that 90712 made your blog

  2. Wow. And I thought my first year of marriage was tough. Wishing them all the best!

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