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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

90038, Los Angeles

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Brazilian acaraje (black-eyed pea fritters with slaw)

Dear ——–,

For my birthday, Bryan took me to Street. (I know, I couldn’t help wanting to go again.) Bryan spotted Danny DeVito a few tables away and it took his celebrity sighting to make me realize that Lily Tomlin was sitting a foot away from Bryan at the next table. The whole thing was surreal because I’ve known since I was little that I share a birthday with Lily Tomlin — I saw it printed on so many calendars or birthday listings. I can never remember any of the others. The funniest part of the evening happened when Bryan left to go to the bathroom. One of her friends — a woman in her 60s with a curly asymmetrical hairdo — leaned over to Lily and said, “Are you on Facebook?” Lily said she had poked around, but hadn’t signed her self up for an account. “You should get a fan page,” her friend said. “Oh, someone made one for you!” She showed Lily the page on an iPad. It was full of people saying, “Happy birthday!” I’ll say it, too: Happy birthday, Lily — it was nice celebrating with you.


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!

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