Los Angeles, United States
Lili, 32
IT Educational Specialist for a museum
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am an IT Educational Specialist for a museum. Translation - I help people learn how to use new and upgraded applications through training and documentation. I do it because I love making technology accessible to others, especially at a place that employs curators, scientists, scholars, and more!

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

The worst job I ever had was as an "auditor" for a big clothing store. I pinged back and forth between counting money and auditing the registers, and working the floor. It was minimum wage, I worked evenings/nights, I didn't receive a lot of training, and at 23, I was either 5 years older or 20 years younger than the rest of my coworkers. On the plus side, I got to train everyone on the new timecard software, so in a way, I guess this got me started in my new career!

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

I was not born and raised in LA; I am from Sacramento, CA by way of Reno, NV. I originally came to Los Angeles to go to UCLA for undergrad (go Bruins!) While college is what originally landed me here, the energy and size of the city (as well as a long-distance relationship) are what brought me back a couple years after graduation.

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

My current hood is West LA. One of the best things is that it is affordable (#iworkatanonprofit), but still central to so many of my favorite places. The Sawtelle area is a few blocks away from my house, which means I can walk to excellent karaoke, restaurants, and one of my favorite coffee places in LA (Coffee Tomo). The worst thing about my area is probably the parking (I know... shocking for LA!), as well as evening and morning traffic. I live about 8 blocks from the freeway onramp, so it can make moving in that direction kinda hard at times. Luckily, I have lots of great places that are simply a walk away, so driving is not a necessity.

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

I love listening to hip-hop and R&B (especially from the 90s and 00s), as well as pop-punk (preferably from the 00s) and musicals. Mostly if it has good lyrics, or a danceable beat, I am into it. I am not the hugest fan of classical music (although I do enjoy going to the Walt Disney Concert Hall occasionally) or hard metal.

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

"I'm Kissing You" - Des'ree, "You Oughta Know" - Alanis Morissette, "Irreplaceable" - Beyonce, "End of the Road" - Boyz II Men, "Don't Speak" - No Doubt, "Konstantine" - Something Corporate

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

The West Wing - the acting and the ability to make me believe in public service, Gilmore Girls - the snappy dialogue (which I know can be polarizing, but I love it) and the relationship between Lorelai and Emily, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - character development, Bob's Burgers - the love between the family members and the embracing of the weird, Buffy the Vampire Slayer - EVERYTHING (characters, dialogue, music, storylines)

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

Coffee Connection (cause it's punny... and also cause it is just coffee and there is a parking lot next door, so quick getaway if needed), Grand Central Market (casual, lots to see and serve as conversation starters, something for everyone so people with different diets can still enjoy a meal together, close proximity to lots of other cool spots if there is a desire to continue the date to a second location, McConnell's Ice Cream)

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

I don't like roasts

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

I love to explore new neighborhoods by foot. LA has so many little enclaves, it is almost like dozens of cities in one. I currently have my eye on a day on Sunset Blvd. with happy hour at the Chateau Marmont. I haven't spent too much time there, and would like to get to know it better.

Where do you go in Los Angeles for a casual night out?

For a casual night out, I love going to the Arclight Hollywood, or the Landmark, especially if there is a special screening with the director or star of the film I am watching. It is the perfect mix of laid-back, yet so LA (plus you can drink in the theater!)

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

I love Craft. Everything they make is perfection. I also enjoy dancing in West Hollywood. So depending on what I am celebrating, and who the revelers are, I might do one of those, or maybe spend a night at karaoke (Max Karaoke in Sawtelle and Backstage Bar and Grill in Culver City are my faves).

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

My little blue Toyota Corolla S. While our public transit system is getting better (yay metro!), I just criss-cross the city too much to really depend on it at this point. Lyft is also really helpful, especially when I know I am going somewhere where the cost of parking will be equivalent to the cost of the Lyft. >_<

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

The Walk of Stars in Hollywood. If you really want to see it, go early. It can get sketchy at night.

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

I tend to prefer traveling to new places rather than returning to ones I liked, but so far, my fave has been Helsinki. I am part-Finnish, so I may be biased, but I love the coffee culture, the fact that nature is embedded into the city, easy access to the ocean, and the quiet charm of city. I would definitely love to go back at some point.

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