L.A.-ing around is a great term I first heard on the podcast Yo, Is This Racist? featuring Marissa A. Ross. If you don’t know who she is that’s really ok. Her bio reads: “Marissa is a writer, actor, music connoisseur and renowned leisure enthusiast.” I think “renowned leisure enthusiast” really conveys all you need to know (that and the fact that she has a very active twitter friendship with Mindy Kaling). Anyways, the host goes: “Marissa, you’re an internet person, I know you from L.A.-ing around,” to which a debate ensues about what L.A.-ing around really means. “That makes me sound really weird, L.A.-ing around? I don’t know what that means to other people,” she replies. Andrew Ti, the host, explains that it actually means: “people who are working but also wearing sunglasses and drinking a beer,” which he is the authority on because he made the word up. Listen to the podcast for yourself if you please.
“I know tons of people like that, it’s great but it’s not something I’m used to or have ever done,” Andrew Ti says. “You probably work a lot harder than most people in L.A.,” says Marissa. “Hey thanks everyone!” Andrew replies, “Andrew Ti, hardest working person in the laziest town on earth!”
I’m not saying that L.A. is lazy (although Andrew Ti does go on to directly compare NYC life with LA life), but I did think it was appropriate to spend my time in LA in true L.A.-ing around form. Did I see any sites? Not really. Did I walk a dog named after Denard Robinson around Echo Park Lake, eat addictive green tea brick toast, and hang out at Rusko‘s office (which is actually a warehouse)? Check, check, and check! L.A.-ing around was a pretty decent time.