Scenes from Silent
Bel Air and West Los Angeles
Another ten miles. Except this time, I’ve heard more than one person joke that you need a passport to travel the distance. On the West side, and particularly in areas like Bel Air and Brentwood, you’ll find large homes with perfectly-kept yards, trendy boutiques, and tons of restaurants, ranging from everyday burger joints to expensive (but delicious) organic health food. Billboards advertising the latest TV shows, movies, and designer clothes grace skyscrapers and heavily-trafficked roads.
Residents are a mix of races and ethnicities, but obviously there’s less diversity in their socio-economic statuses—you have to have a certain amount in the bank to be able to afford the cost of living. Behind the scenes, though, much of the service sector work at restaurants, office buildings, and homes is done by people who live in the near-and-yet-so-far places further east and south.
This is where Alex loses faith before finding a new purpose.
I’m giving away 2 prizes at the end of the month:
Winner 1: Paperback and a finger painting from the Santa Monica pier (as featured in Chapter 22).
Seemingly careless streaks transformed into fantastic scenery as the man worked, but I couldn’t give him my full attention. I had other concerns on my mind…like why I felt so nervous standing beside Seb. Was I too close? Or not close enough? Why did that matter all of a sudden?
Here’s a clip of one being made:
Depending on the wishes of the artist, I may even be able to record a video of your artwork being created.
Winner 2: Paperback and postcards of LA scenes, including some from Inner City Arts, a nonprofit organization providing arts education to students in low-income areas of Los Angeles.
~To enter, just leave a comment on any “Scenes from Silent” post (one comment per post is eligible as another entry).
~Entries will be accepted from now until midnight PST on November 30th.
~Winners will be selected by random drawing and announced on December 1st.
~Must be 18 or over to enter.
Thanks for reading!