Hehe, thanks, but you may have missed where I took a detour and landed in Charlotte.
However, I did/do find LA exhilarating and am going to keep the flame alive for eventually living there. Worst case, with my sister out there, it is bound to be a fairly frequent vacation destination. What's not to like about being one hour from surfing and one hour from skiing. And the place fairly reeks of nostalgia. Every time I turn on the TV now I sigh, realizing that the program was likely shot in LA.
Flipside: it wasn't the LA traffic that was so bad, it was the road conditions and signage, third-world-ish, unworthy of a city of global importance. Also, wages suck. I thought that they would be commensurate with the high cost-of-living. Turns out that they pay better in North Carolina.