Living in Los Angeles…?
Hi…I’m an Italian girl (so please forgive my grammar mistakes!!) and my bf & I are planning to move to Los Angeles and work there next summer…I know it’s really too soon to plan anything, but i wanted to ask (if u live there/know much about it) if finding a job (any…also as a waitress) and an house (even a simple studio flat) is easy and if it’s the expensive city i expect it to be (lol) ….Actually i’d rather prefer New York,but bf says he wants the sunshine and such stuff and new york would just be too messy for him,do you agree that Los Angeles should be prefered to New York?Would there be easier finding what we need?
Thanks for your answers….
P.S. if u have any site you think that might help us,please post them as well with ur answers!…thx a lot
Mmmmh…well….I guess i should opt to super-grey-London,then …which is going to be really gd for my accent (but bf won’t like it AT ALL) …lol… i thought i just needed the “visa permission”, not a special one to work :S
U.S. is definately no more the dream-land!
Los Angeles IS very sunny. In the summer, it can be very hot. This summer was rather mild.
I prefer LA to NY because of the humidity. It just isn’t as humid here. Also, LA is more spread out, rather than having so many people living literally on top of each other.
Finding a job isn’t too difficult. There are many low-paying jobs in the service industry, particularly in the summer. You can even work at Disneyland, where your “foreign” language experience will be helpful. However, surviving on such a job is next to impossible. You will only make $8 per hour, and a decent studio flat (apartment) costs around $1000 per month, give or take.
A ghost story I am starting, please comment! ~Candlelight.~?
I used to believe in ghosts, when I was little, but then I grew out of the idea, because I was tired of wishing for something more, so I gave up on all things magical. But then I died, and I found out that I was wrong for wishing this upon me, if it was the wish or not, I am a ghost, and it’s not a good thing. It was December 3rd, 1993. I was thirteen. You would think I would be happy for finding what I have been searching for my whole life. But being a ghost isn’t easy. It’s worse than living, it’s worse than dying, it’s not at all I imagined it to be, but I guess nothing is. But before I begin, let me tell you a little bit about ghosts, because I wouldn’t want you to read this, thinking I look like a white floating blob with to black holes for eyes .
1. They’re real
2. Some are bad
3. Each ghost has to stay in the place where they have an unfinished job, because they will end up at the same place regardless. Some ghosts stay a long time because they’re unfinished job is difficult and suffering.
4. Ghosts do not show up in photos
5. They have appearances, which they can see.
6. There are different types of ghosts depending on their season, mine is winter.
7. We have feelings, and we hold grudges.
8. We can levitate one foot, and walk through anything we choose.
9. I am one of the ghosts with a difficult and suffering unfinished job
10. This is a true story
Chapter 1: How it happened.
Everything has a reason, well I think. So here is the reason I am still half alive right now. The reason I’m a ghost. The reason I’m suffering.
“Ariella, it’s time to get up!” My step mom yells at me from downstairs. I cringe, and then stretch my arms into the air. I sit up, my eyes drooping. I look into my pearl-framed mirror. I run my fingers to my jet-black hair, and squint my chocolate brown eyes. I died my dark brown hair black a month ago. I pull on my favorite pair of black jeans, red and black striped shirt, and pull over a gray hoodie on top. I pull my hair in a ponytail, and run down stairs.
“Your quick today.” Examines my step mom, Malory.
I stare expressionless. “I guess.” I never liked my step mom.
“I’m going to school now,” I called as I left the house.
I didn’t bother saying goodbye to my dad, I have been mad at him ever since he married Malory.
I walked in the school biting my lip, it’s a habit I have.
My friend Mackey approaches me with a wide smile. Mackey is short for Mackenzie, she’s my best and only friend, and you see I just moved here (Yellow Springs, Ohio, a small town with a population of only 3,761) from New York. Truthfully I love it here, it’s like a big family, but I hate my stepmom, so I pretend to hate it. I visit my mom every summer, but I always wish she would move here, so I could live with her. She lives In the Nevada, Vegas; it’s fun for summers, but dysfunctional for a teenage life.
“Hey.” I say stuffing my coat in my locker.
“Hey, Arieo. I was wondering if you want to come to my house after school?” She replies, saying my nickname. She pronounces it Oreo. Which is why I call her Mackey, like Mac n’ cheese.
“Sure, I would love some time away from the witch.” I reply hinting my stepmom.
“Mine’s on vacation with my dad, my grandma is looking after me.” Mackey has a step mom too, and she’s just as bad as mine.
“Great, peanut butter cookies,” I laugh.
“The best there is.” She adds with a smile.
We walk into our math class, with dull looks, we both hate math, or more the teacher.
1. The list is way too long. Keep the creepy things like “Some are bad” you can leave the information in the story, if it’s not going to be in the story you don’t need to tell it. (like if there’s no photos point 4 is useless.)
2. Difference between
-you are: “you’re”
-the object that is yours: “your”
Other little things you can fix by reading carefully, for example you switch between “step mom” and “stepmom”. Some sentences are a little awkward
3. Try to use “said” a bit more, especially here ” “Great, peanut butter cookies,” I laugh.”
4. Two evil stepmothers? Are you sure? That’s a bit too cliché. At the very least try to justify it, like “we became special friends because she also lost her mother …”
1. I like how you pick your words. Your vocabulary. Not choosing absurdly fancy words like some people here, while not childish, either.
2. You start with something dramatic, the ghost, this poses a question the reader wants to know the answer to.
3. I perceive an attempt at humour between the girls. Too many forget how good a foil humour is to drama.
Can you read my writing, I would very much appricate feedback, I am very passionate about it, want opinions.?
Literary Technique Exercise
The New York lifestyle was the only way I had ever known before the past two months. In the summer of 1978, I had enjoyed the charcoal black beaches of Hawaii with my mother who I hadn’t seen or spoken to in the past 10 years. When I was only a child, my parents divorced, sending me and my father to the sardine packed appartements Chicago had to offer. It was extremely difficult for my father to find a job, so my toys never left the clearly marked moving boxes that sat in the corner of my bedroom. It was always tough finding friends and a school that my father could afford, that didn’t include barb wire or search dogs.
But when I was 15 and school was just about finished, my father had no choice but to send me off to my mothers as the apartment tenant was getting impatient about our overdue rent and my father had no expectations of finding a job anytime soon. Our neighbor in 2B loaned us the money for a plane ticket which would take me on a journey
that would change my life forever.
My mother was everything I expected her to be; so intelligent and gentle, and especially passionate about her work that she lived and breathed. For those summer days, we discussed her studies as a scientist, and what I still hold dearly to my heart, the fish of Maui’s coral reefs. The warm waters and graceful seaweed held a magnificent habitat to the Goby fish and coral shrimp, my Mother’s fervor. The way they protected and accepted each other for their weaknesses was so inspiring. For the first time ever, I could truly appreciate life outside the cramped city.
Returning from Hawaii, I came home to my belongings tucked into a small spot of a moving truck, along side my father with a tear of sadness in his eye. We moved to New York that night. I realized the city was no longer my home. My classmates treated me like Leper, and I began to miss my peaceful friends who presented calmness and tranquility. As I became an adult, I grew passionate about
the fish, just like my mother. Her death only made me work harder for my dream to be just like her, spending my life in the place I love along side the tropical fish and my mother’s sprit.
Ill fix the spelling, um it can only be a page so thats why it isnt very detailed. Appricate what you said about it lacking emotion, deff. will add to the depth in the, but like i said it can only be a page, double spaced and i had trouble even adding some details. thanks
Ok, I read it all. It was okay. Maybe shorten up some of the sentences. Also, your sentence structure is lacking. Try using different forms of independent and dependent clauses. The repetitive structure makes it a little boring.
On an emotional level, it wasn’t that satisfying. I know that it wasn’t very long, but I wasn’t really set up to like the charactor (or his mother). Therefore, I really didn’t care about what happened. Try making more of an emotional connection with the reader. That’s my suggestion. =)
Can someone please edit my paper. i appreciate your help?
The American Illusion
The American dream means justice, liberty, and happiness. What does it mean to have an American dream? For some people it means thriving for success in many ways and for others it means to make a difference. However, the American Dream varies, but all in one we stand as a nation.
There are problems with our social justice and equality. For instance, some people in America are locked up in jails, and are not to blame. How are they going to accomplish their American Dream? This world seems to be unequal in justice and something needs to be done about it. For instance, if you are with one of your friends and they have drugs in the car with them, you can also get arrested. This seems like an unfair situation because sometimes friends can keep hidden secrets. However, everybody has a different perspective on the American Dream.
For instance, the author in the writing “American Dream” depicts America as a landscape and as a collection of people and positions because there is a lot of history and opportunities in America. The Statue of Liberty represents the American dream because it was a gift from the French as a form of friendship. It stands in Staten Island, New York. In addition, America can be described as a landscape because there is a change in seasons. During the summer the flowers and trees are alive and blossomed. Then, in the winter the trees are leafless and full of white fluffy snow. These seasons can symbolize the people’s lives because in the summer people enjoy their lives more than in the winter. The weather is nice, which allows people to spend time at parks and travel to visit other places. Throughout the winter, people are often in the house
spending time watching television or even reading a book.
America is recognized as one of the most productive places where people can begin a better life. For instance, a girl’s parents brought her as a child to Connecticut so that she could have a better life. More jobs and opportunities are avaible and also better colleges where they can find financial aid.Her mother completed her masters as a teacher and her family is continuing their education in college. This is an example of a better life because they came from Puerto Rico where they offered fewer opportunities in education and less variety of jobs.
The speech” I have a Dream” addressed by Martin Luther King Jr., is an example of why America is a great place to find liberty and accomplish your dreams. For instance, Martin did the best he could to unite the blacks and whites together and he made the world better. He made petitions, speeches and never gave up in his dreams and goals. He made a difference because he believed that blacks and whites should deserve the same freedom and equality in our nation. He stood up for himself and helped defend other blacks. This is why he is known as one of the greatest man to make our nation stronger. In the other hand, there is still racism happening, but not as much as before. At this present time, blacks and whites are able to be seen together and could obtain the same jobs. Martin was brave and did not give up on his dreams. With this saying, Martin did make a difference and his speech touched people all over the world. He let the freedom ring from the mountains to the valleys. He was finally free at last and did not have to fear of the whites.
The author in “America the Beautiful” depicts America as a wonderful place full of excitement. The poem expresses how she feels about America. She describes the moment when the pilgrims came to our land. She also explains how beautiful America is and how god blesses the land. It also says that God blessed America by providing great things to happen. Things like good jobs, and a better living. People can relate to her emotions because America means more than just land to them. It means a place where people can enjoy their lives and live to the fullest. In addition, it is a place where people can accomplish their dreams and be treated equally. No one will judge people strictly because of their nationality or color. Furthermore, America is part of a good government and president. Our president has a lot of plans ahead and works to make our world better and safer. For example, he wants to stop all terrorism and help out our economy. Over all, America is a great beautiful place to reside in.
Friends and families can help others to reach for the stars. Ever wonder how beautiful America really is? Well go and achieve something that you never had the chance to. Go to college and enjoy life to the fullest. Overcoming obstacles boosts your self esteem and makes you thankful for being where you really are. For instance, a girl named Sara accomplished a lot in life.
It all started when she arrived in the United States while she was trying to dominate the English language. She felt so alone and thought that she would neve
I’m 25, with inconsistent employment history… Can I qualify for a mortgage?
I’m 25 years old, and live at home with my mother. I graduated from college in May of 2008, and got a job at an engineering firm, working in IT, in September of 2008. I was subsequently laid off six months later in March of 2009. Its now February of 2010, and only now have I found a job, that I start in April or May, in the IT field.
With only six solid months of employment history, followed by a year of unemployment, then new employment for only a couple of months, will I qualify for a mortgage this summer?
I’m located in New York, and I have $50,000 available for a down payment. I want to purchase a two family home to help alleviate the costs. I have never bought a home, so I’m a first time buyer. Does this at all help my situation?
If I have to wait, I will, I didn’t want to wait too long to take advantage of the Buyers’ Market. But if I am going to be turned down, or will only qualify for one with a high interest rate, it doesn’t make sense.
If you need further info to help answer, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for your help!
Also, I have excellent credit. I have $30,000 in credit line, and no balance on any of them. When I use them, I pay them.
If you have other credit, that you have been able to pay on time and a credit score over 640, you might be able to get in, once you start working again. You are going to really want to check with a mortgage broker, not just go to a bank. A MB can tell you exactly what you will need, with out having to run from bank to bank. (They won’t tell you, the guy taking the applications at the bank has a quota, to keep his job, so he would let a bum apply) A mortgage broker knows who’s loaning money to who, and if you are not picky about what financial institution buys you loan, you will know where you fall.
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