In the summer of 2001, a good friend I depended on for advice suddenly died. I was stunned and shocked for a good 24 hours and then sat down and typed this up. Now 15 years later I pulled it out and corrected some grammar and typos and decided to post it as the distance allows me to read through it.
i lived in los angeles for decades and saw the highs and lows, especially during all the disasters of the 1990s: fires, earthquakes and riots while working in hollywood. from the perspective of years gone by and living far away from california now.