Category Archives: Life in the United States

Who Wants to Wash My Car?

My car is really dirty. I mean, it has a lot of dirt and dust on the outside. Why so dirty? Two reasons: 1. I live in Los Angeles, where it rains only rarely in the summer, so there is … Continue reading

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Congrats to the Grads!

June is the month for graduations, the completion of studies, both for high school and college/university students. So what does a typical American graduation look like? Most graduation ceremonies have two parts: (1) an awarding of degrees, where students come … Continue reading

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Los Angeles is #1, Baby!

So this happened:* Los Angeles has recently been found to have the MOST “aggressive” drivers in the United States. I always knew my city was #1 in something. We’re number one in idiot drivers! To be aggressive means to act … Continue reading

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Saying “I Do”

George Carlin (1937-2008) was an American comedian, a person whose job is to tell jokes or funny stories. He was a stand-up comic, someone who told jokes in front of an audience, and he was very successful. Carlin was often … Continue reading

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As the Crow Files

If you ask an Angeleno (a person living in Los Angeles) the distance between two places, you’re more likely to get an answer in minutes, not miles. That’s because there’s one thing all Angelenos have to contend with (deal with; … Continue reading

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Call Me JFF

A.E.I.O.U. You know these are the vowels in the English language, but you may not know that they are under assault (being attacked). OK, it’s not quite that dramatic (serious), but if you look at popular culture today, vowels are … Continue reading

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Who Says It Never Snows in L.A.?

When I moved to Los Angeles from Minnesota, I thought I was saying good-bye to snow for good (forever) because it never snows in L.A., right? Well, not quite. Although it’s true that it hasn’t snowed since I moved here … Continue reading

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Smokey & Me

We had a lot of deadly (killing someone) forest fires in California in the past few months, so it’s a good time to talk about Smokey the Bear. “Smokey Bear,” often called “Smokey the Bear,” is a mascot (a cartoon … Continue reading

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Bringing L.A. Traffic to a Standstill

Nothing brings Los Angeles to a standstill like rain. A standstill is a situation where all movement or action has stopped. You can bring a basketball game to a standstill by losing the ball. Or you can bring conversation to … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays from ESLPod.com!

Lucy, the ESLPod Team, and I want to wish all of you happy holidays! If you celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas! If you celebrated Hanukah, Happy Hanukah! If you celebrate nothing this time of year . . . um, well, Happy … Continue reading

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