I have grown up in and live in the most diverse and wonderful city in the world! Of course, not everyone believes this about Los Angeles -- some people come here from elsewhere and find its spread-outness isolating and hard to overcome. Yet, people keep coming here -- just notice all the smog! But, when the winds blow or we've had some rain (very unusual in L.A.), the green hills and mountains and beauty of this part of our country are spectacular and have no equal! I say to you who've had a hard time here, I'll be your friend, just reach out! Lay down your opinions, and let me show you this lovely town. As Albert Einstein once said, "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Los Angeles is not a melting pot, its a salad. Everyone gets to celebrate and keep his/her values and cultural heritage.