I Sold An iPhone Yesterday

So I’m biking home yesterday, eastbound along Del Valle from Crescent Heights in the quaint Carthay District. Arriving at the red light at Fairfax Avenue, a young woman standing at the corner with another lady calls out “Excuse me,” and approaches.

“Do you happen to know where South Orange Grove is?” she asked.

If it was in the area I’d probably biked past it a hundred times, but searching the memory banks proved futile. The only results that came up were streets of that same name located in Hollywood and Pasadena/South Pasadena. I shook my head, apologizing for not knowing and her shoulders slumped a little. Then it dawned on me that I had the answer in my backpack and I told her to hang on a second while I fished out my iPhone and engaged the maps app.

Punching in “South Orange Grove, Los Angeles” and tapping search button, in a few moments we all learned that South Orange Grove Avenue was literally right next door — the next block east of Fairfax. And yes, I had biked by it a hundred times.

Both ladies thanked me for my assistance, with the woman who flagged me down asking me what type of phone I had. I told her.

“That’s it. I’m getting one of those!”

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."