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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

90012, Downtown Los Angeles

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Is that a subway entrance on Spring Street?

Dear ——-,

For a half second when I saw the green fence and the Chambers St/JMZ sign, I wondered, “Is LA finally getting some better public transit?” Then I saw the cars parked along the side of the road with too brightly colored New York and New Jersey license plates, the buses crudely painted to look like NY Metro buses and the taxis from fake companies — someone was doing a movie shoot in front of L.A. city hall … for something ostensibly taking place in New York City. I guess the weather has been a bit gray today and nothing says metropolitan government like a big concrete art deco building. They’ll just have to crop the palm trees out of the picture. I’m downtown for jury duty today, sitting in a room with hundreds of other people who look as if they don’t want to be here either. One guy was even wearing a sweatshirt with a Nazi swastika. Not sure I’m willing to go to those lengths to get out of my civic duty. I guess there’s another two hours to wait …

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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!

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