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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Welcome to the cell phone black hole otherwise known as Elysian Heights

How do you know you are in the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park? Check your cell phone. If you have no service, you have probably arrived in the place residents like Andy Sternberg call home. In a piece in LAist, the Elysian Heights resident describes what it’s like to live in a place where the most common phrase is “Can you hear me now?”

“I became the fastest texter in town. Why? Because no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t hear more than scratchy sounds and broken words coming from the other end of the handset. Didn’t matter where or how I stood in the house or on the block. I was in a black hole … Half a decade of bickering over who’s got the bigger wireless balls and how many times you can call your five friends for free while sprawled out on your bed twirling your hair and I’m still in a black hole. Try keeping those five friends once they realize that to call you means to inevitably be hung up on over and over again. I find myself going to the mall just so I can have a coherent conversation with Mom.”

Photo by HarrisJ/Flickr


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