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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

90041, Eagle Rock


The parking lot at the Eagle Rock Plaza

Dear ——–,

My car’s odometer turned 100,000 in a Target parking lot on Saturday. It got me thinking how parking lots are L.A.’s blank pages. A few weeks ago, nearby restaurant parking lots were filled with bands were blasting fuzzy guitar sounds as part of the Eagle Rock Music Festival. Sometimes, this parking lot is a farmer’s market with tomato and peach stands. This time, someone set up an inflatable slide, pony rides, pumpkin picking and a mini ATV course divided by bales of hay. A chain link fence separated this fantasia of rural life from cranky drivers. You need parking lots to write the American dream, I guess — to load up at a store full of low-priced plastic goods, you need a car and a place to park your SUV. If you don’t live close enough to the farm, the farm can come to an empty space close to you. My reverie came to an end when I saw my side view mirror lurching crookedly. (I didn’t recall hitting anything!) I had to drive home with my window rolled down, holding my mirror in place.


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!

2 thoughts on “90041, Eagle Rock

  1. I like that parking lot.

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