Los Angeles, United States
Joshua, 27
Youth Counselor
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I work full time at a church with teenagers . Teens are sick because they help me remember not to take life so seriously! I love my job and love all of the conversations and coffee that come from it.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I used to work at Disneyland... may not sound like a bad gig, but I GOT FIRED FROM THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH. I'm not upset or anything. I guess that what happens when you're late too many times thanks to Southern California traffic. Sidenote- I worked on the ride Autopia, where we got paid an extra 15 cents per hour since we had to breath in deadly fumes all day. #mickeymouseclub

Were you born and raised in Los Angeles? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Los Angeles?

I was born and raised in the Inland Empire- about an hour east of LA. I came out to LA for work, and fell in love with many of the aspects of LA- especially the coffee scene, diversity and exploring the thousands of unknown little spots all over the city. Seriously, you could explore LA forever and not see it all. Also, LA HAS MOUNTAINS. And everyone who's anyone knows mountains make the world go round.

What’s your current hood in Los Angeles and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

I currently live in Pasadena, CA, in North East LA (NELA). Pasadena is the perfect LA suburb area to live if you are into anything outdoor- it's backed up against a sweet mountain range and has tons of trees. The city is also set up wonderfully for cycling and running. Gotta say though- that traffic can be a beezy.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I love music that doesn't sound like every other song out there. Be creative, ya'll! My go-to artists are HONNE, Chance the Rapper, Kings Kaleidoscope and The Paper Kites. As far as hatred goes... I don't know that it gets much worse than Creed and Nickleback. Barf.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Easy: throw together a little Bon Iver, a little Bear's Den, some Oh Wonder, and then maybe a little bit of screamo in the vein of Underoath if you've really gotta get it out. Then, one track at the end to make it all better: KC and the Sunshine Band's "Give it Up."

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

The Office and Parks and Rec have to be up there with some of the best TV shows ever made- nothing fits any situation the way a Michael Scott scream or an Andy Dwyer joke does. Recently though I watched The Crown and daaaaaaannnggg that's some good television. The slow dramatic builds and magnificent cinematography- mmmmm.

Name some spots in Los Angeles that are good for a Tinder date.

Let's be real... if you have to LOOK for a spot for Tinder in LA, you're trying too hard. But more specifically- no idea.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

I would LOVE to see Jimmy Fallon roasted... mostly because the guy is constantly laughing at his and everyone else's jokes... I feel like it would turn into this big giggle and hug-fest. It would be the weirdest roast ever.

Who’s your hero and where in Los Angeles would you take them out for a serious hang?

My LA hero is a lad named Jason Heppner who is from Georgia, now lives in Kansas City, but is the biggest fan of all things LA, ever. He rocks his dodgers hat every day and would walk here from KC if it meant living here again. If we were looking to hang, and do it right, we would for sure grab some coffee at Go Get Em Tiger in Los Feliz, and hit Homestate for some excellent breakfast tacos next door.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Gotta explore it all!

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Seeing a movie at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood is incredible... but you gotta be down to drop $30 on a movie ticket.

Where would you go in Los Angeles to celebrate some freaking good news?

DRANKS. Magnolia House in Pasadena is great and has awesome cocktails. If the news is that good.... why not go to Disneyland?

What’s your choice of transportation in Los Angeles and why?

Cycling is one the best ways to get around LA- cars suck and will try to murder you, but at least you don't have to sit in traffic. In Pasadena and much of LA, bike lanes are great.

What are the Los Angeles spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

First-timers in LA can't miss taco trucks. They're absolutely everywhere, and the authenticity of street tacos in LA is just freaking delicious. Also, Republique, a modern French-style restaurant in La Brea has the best food (and burger, if you go for brunch) that I've ever had in my life. YOU MUST GO. And reservations aren't even that difficult to come by. PLUS you've got a good chance at spotting a celeb while at dinner. Do it. Lastly- you've got to drive through the Santa Monica Mountains which dump out into Malibu. The way the Pacific slowly reveals itself, the beauty of the mountains... It's the best.

What are the Los Angeles spots tourists should run from screaming?

If you want to know what life is like in LA, stay away from Hollywood Blvd. None of us go there unless we absolutely have to.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Los Angeles. How do you spend it?

Easy. Start the morning with a service at Mosaic Church, brunch at Republique, Coffee at Verve's DTLA location, an afternoon hike through the Santa Monica Mountains, Dinner at the Burger Lounge in Santa Monica, and then I'd see a movie at the Rooftop Cinema Club back in downtown- an outdoor, rooftop theater showing new and old-school films. Night cap at some random place in Highland park, and you've got yourself a good day.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

I have never had a bad experience in Chicago- every time I go I love it more! The clean, chilled, strength of the city is everywhere. And the coffee is pretty dope as well.

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