Something interesting happened to Mr. Smith while dating on the West Coast. Having come cross-country to do some dating, his mind set was still grounded in his East Coast, Atlantic City environs. What could possibly go wrong?
To avoid the appearance of abject negativity, let’s start with what’s right about the Los Angeles dating scene. The people are from another planet. Since LA is the Mecca of movies, music and fitness, you will get the feeling that a great many of the people you run into are, were, or want to be in the movies. Collectively speaking, the LA scene is “hot.” The fact is, per capita, there are a whole lot of beautiful men and women roaming the streets of LA. You want scientific proof? Go to your Tinder app in various cites and start swiping. If you don’t know Tinder, that shall be the subject of another article, so just Google it for now. As you start swiping in Baltimore, De Moines, or other such cities, you will see that your selections are limited in both the number of daters and their looks. Most cities, just don’t have all that many hot people looking for dates. You could argue all the hot Californians dated, got married and moved to Baltimore, but that’s doubtful. If you do this Tinder test, you shall have your proof. LA is a hot dating town.
Next on the list of good dating stuff, LA has an abundance of amazing places to eat. Nowadays, fabulous eateries are found in many cities, even Mr. smith’s Atlantic City, but LA is certainly top notch. You won’t have trouble finding a really good, and cool place to eat. You might even see some famous people eating right there next to you. You may have a hell of a time finding a parking spot, but once you do, your meal should be wonderful.
Since we have now entered the what’s “wrong with dating in LA” by mentioning parking, let’s get to the main negative point (no not the traffic which is horrendous) rather the cost of dating in LA.
Mr. Smith went on several dates. What Mr. Smith didn’t expect was the cost of dating in LA. Now you have to understand, Mr. Smith is neither cheap nor without means. He can truly afford to eat anywhere, even the $575 per person sushi at Urasawa. However, he does maintain a sense of frugality and doesn’t like to be taken advantage of by the desire of everyone who wants to become a millionaire selling hot dogs (Pink), cupcakes (Sprinkles) and even a pound of chocolate (the chocolate will be explained shortly).
Besides the sushi extravaganza at Urasawa, which is difficult to beat, there was the $30 burger. What? Yes, a $30 burger. You’ve had to notice that many trendy restaurants now offer gourmet burgers, and they have been charging between $12.95 and $15.95. But a more recent phenomenon has been taking place right before your eyes. The prices keep escalating, and many establishments are creeping into the $20 burger neighborhood by flopping on a fried egg, bacon, salsa, tomato, four types of cheese and avocado to justify their pricing. Just you wait. By next year there may be the $75 burger topped with vanilla ice cream, squid, chocolate sauce, saffron, wet nuts and a cherry. It’s coming, you just wait and see.
Want to impress your date with fine dinning? You’ll have to avoid all these burger joints, and fling for a real nice restaurant or steakhouse. If you thought the $30 burger was high…you were right. However, even at the higher cost of a good steak, it’s actually a better deal than that burger. The steaks in LA are not really better than in any fine steakhouse around the country. There must be some level of collusion and price fixing going on, because a good steak at a fine restaurant will cost you in the range of $40 to $48. There is the porterhouse for two, served at Jug in a West Hollywood, that weighs in at 35 ounces for a mere $135, but come on…who eats that much? Certainly not any of these skinny models roaming the streets of LA.
Why was Mr. Smith annoyed at the cost of dating in LA? Actually, he had a great time, but he felt sorry for all those people of lesser means trying to date and ending up at In&Out Burgers, where for a few bucks they can treat their girl to a double meat, animal style burger, fries and a Coke. By the way, it’s “animal style.” If you mistakenly order “doggy style” you may get an odd look from the server. Running low on money, Mr. Smith tried an In&Out burger, and he had an epiphany. This hamburger was pretty terrific and next time in town he’ll be able to go on many more dates.
At the airport on his way back to Atlantic City, Mr. Smith wanted to bring his East Coast girl some chocolates, and as luck would have it, there was a See’s Candy stand right at his terminal. Okay, how much can a pound of chocolate cost? After all, Mr. Smith lives one mile away from Jagielkys Homemade Chocolates, the rival of chocolates everywhere. Their one pound box is $13.95. So why is See’s $21.95? The vendor explained how good his chocolate was, but finally admitted that it’s the airport, meaning if you forgot to get your loved ones a gift by now, you’re screwed.
The moral of this rant is that you better stay in school, learn an in-demand trade, practice your basketball dribbling or author a hit rap song if you want to date in beautiful LA. If you are really creative, you can have wonderful dates for little expense by going to museums, taking walks in parks or along the beach. Even better, you can try to convince your date that your latest surround sound movie system just so happens to sound better than the $15 per person movie theater when laying in the exact center of the bed, while naked, so as to reduce harmonic distortion caused by bra and panties. Now this will truly make for the best date ever.
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