From cougars back to bboys…
Living with breakdancers was a cultural learning experience, to say the least.
Highlights of my unintentional “study abroad” (in the ghetto) program in which I was fully immersed in hip-hop culture include the following:
- I learned how to tie bandanas and wore skull caps and beanies in an attempt to blend in. Not wanting to be a complete poser, I practiced the six-step and some basic threads and freezes.
- I attended bboy jams and integrated new lingo into my vocabulary (i.e. “dat’s whack yo,” “sup son,” “throw the cack,” etc. – for some reason you don’t pick up such vivid phrases in suburbia or any freshman year class).
- Okay, I’ll admit it. I ogled my fair share of abs. You’ve gotta have some serious core muscles to pull off windmills, turtles and hollowbacks.
…aaaaand back to the highlights.
- I had a custom-made name belt made with my bgirl name “DEZIGN” on it.
- I got kicked out of Owen Wilson’s reserved VIP table at club on New Years Eve after sitting there for a few minutes with the bboys who had been hired to perform onstage that night. For the record, Owen Wilson is a total douche-and-a-half, but that’s a story for another blog entry.
At one point, it stopped being all fun and freezes and attempting to take over B-list actors’ tables in clubs. One unusually stormy afternoon in Montebello (a.k.a. Monte-ghetto), I found myself huddled on the staircase holding one of the bboy’s little 6-year-old brothers, hyperventilating in fear and dialing 911 as his older brother’s crystal meth dealer pounded on the door yelling “YOU GONNA PAY ME FOR MY GLASS NOW?” It was then that I realized it was time to move out and move on.
At that point my savings had dwindled to less than hundred dollars which wasn’t going to cover any security deposit outside of Compton. Before I could find a new place to live, I had to find a job.
Top 10 Job-Hunting Websites Recommended By Miss 30kinLA:
1. Indeed: “One search. All jobs.”
2. Craigslist: Find work ranging from a personal assistant to a nanny to a forensic scientist to a fluffer.
3. Hound: “Sniffs out” unadvertised jobs on employer websites.
4. Yahoo! Hot Jobs: Browse by job category and location while keeping up on the latest job news, career advice and networking tools.
5. Snag A Job: Looking for a job that pays by the hour? Look no further.
6. Simply Hired: User-friendly interface, fun and easy to use.
7. Beyond: A collection of thousands of jobs searchable by city.
8. Career Builder: Find a job, post your resume, find career fairs and more.
9. Employment Guide: Find hourly and skilled positions, from entry-level to mid-management jobs.
10. Facebook: Spread word of your job search in your status and on friends’ walls, make the most of your connections!
What kind of job can a recent grad with a B.A. in Psychology from a liberal arts college qualify for? With visions of living in a cardboard box on the side of the 405 freeway and begging for leftovers from passerby flashing in my brain, I began a fervent online search. I ended up finding my first full-time paying position in Los Angeles via craigslist – not in the jobs or gigs section, but an entirely unexpected one. The first of many craigslist adventures to be divulged. To be continued…