While flipping TV channels this morning, my husband stopped on the weather station just as the San Fernando Valley's temps were being reported. The announcer said, "Today, the San Fernando Valley will experience abundant sunshine." That, to me, sounds like a Japanese band or extreme optimism, which got me thinking...
Maybe that's how my opinion
piece titled “Valley State of Mind” - which is to appear in the Viewpoint section of the Los
Angeles Daily News - will seem: Abundant with sunshine; in other words, overly optimistic.
I just got tired of reading
and hearing so often about what's wrong with the
My first cousin (once removed), Kevin
Starr, said it best in the preface of his book Coast of
He also once said, "California has always been a figment of its own imagination...."
I like that. Maybe the same can be said about the San Fernando Valley - without our own imagination we will only become what others believe.
Anyway, I'm no Kevin Starr, but that's sort of why I wrote that L.A. Daily News piece; I'm tired of letting the Valley be a figurative punching bag, or a figment of the cynics' frustrations. But then maybe I'm just too damn abundant with sunshine.
P.S. I just picked my Daily News off the drive-way, turned to the front of the Viewpoint section, saw my article, and then turned it to where it continued on the back to see this: Gardiner: No canned cheese - continued from page 1
That's too funny!