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From the Villa Elaine to the sealaura villa

I don't know if it comes from being an immigrant but I actually like moving, I don't like the mess and unpacking but I do like new adventures. As a child I moved to many apartments around the LA/Hollywood area and it was always so exciting to see the layout of our new home. I moved to the US on Dec 30th 1980. I remember going to the airport in El Salvador and then magically appearing in this new land. Since we ended up staying in the US for unexpected reasons ( a post for another day) we had to start over. Our first home was on Vine Street and Fountain at the VIlla Elaine. It might be the hipster, starving artist cool place to live now, but it was pretty bad back then. I remember hearing the mice squeaking and the traps snapping. I also remember my Dad telling us how the Villa Elaine was an amazing place where movie stars used to vacation and how lucky we were to live there (according to his imagination). I was mesmerized by the idea that "Los Beatles" as my dad called them had possibly stayed at the Villa Elaine. It made those first months in the US a little easier, knowing that in our studio apartment, the four of us were living in Hollywood! It just occurred to me that there is a parallel between the sealaura villa and the Villa Elaine. They are both places where rebuilding will take place. In the Villa Elaine, we celebrated the birth of our new lives in a new country and in the sealaura villa I will be celebrating another new start. The good thing about moving so much is that you get to take inventory on your material stuff and of your life. It can be painful to sift through old memories but it can also be soothing to have your last moments with some old ghosts and then push forward.
I couldn't find my pictures of the Villa Elaine so this one is from Amazon.com. The group Remy Zero apparently spent some time here for this album.
BTW, this is my 200th post crazy huh??? :)


Surf Girl said...

Congratulations on your 200th post! You sound like my hubby - he's from a military family and gets the itch to move about every 2 years or so. Me, I like to stay put! :)
Good luck with your upcoming move...I can't wait to hear about it!!

Gabbi said...

I agree on moving and how cleansing it can be. I moved three years ago (as I might've mentioned before) and had such a hard time throwing some things away but it felt great putting the past behind and loved the feeling of beginning something new too. Your dad sounds like a great man. I often think of my parents and them moving here also and how brave they were. I don't know if I could ever do it, moving to a new country and not speaking the language... it's definitely something to be admired.

jane said...

great 200th post. i go thoiugh the same thing when i move. i find, though, that i accumulate less stuff... one upside. have a great day! jane

anita said...

loved hearing about your beginnings in l.a.
i too, moved alot due to father being in navy..
i always found the drastic changes fun and still find great adventure in new places and faces!
good luck w/ the move...

simpledaisy said...

Congrats on your 200th post!! I wish I moved more....I still live in the place I was born!! I think it would be especially great to move somewhere warm and sunny....but my husband is happy where he is!!
PS..I fixed my mistake about your location on my blog!! I am a ding dong!!! LOL

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Happy 200!

I hear ya on the moving/cleansing thing!

This is the longest we have ever lived anywhere...and I am getting the itch!

Easy move to you!

MissBliss said...

Happy 200th!!!

I love this post... I have moved a lot and can relate.

Did you ever read Esmaralda Santiago? I love her books: When I was Puerto Rican, and Almost a Woman. She has a third out in this memoir group that I need to read this summer. Good luck on the moving...