In the Summer of 2009 I spent my days in the back of sweltering garage in Burbank with no air conditioning. I was sweating in a haze of drugs and alcohol, and I spent many nights slurring through the sweltering smog dense air around the random bits of trash that accumulated around me.
Picking myself up slowly but surely, I scrounged all the money I could and got an apartment in the heart of Little Armenia in East Hollywood. My landlord was a lovely man who I had seen in a few B movies, and he sealed the deal when he mentioned that it was the same complex that Cher had owned years ago. My room, which rested on the 2nd floor, was supposedly a storage space for some of her equipment.
I remember the first week I had lived there. I didn’t have the money to turn on the gas or electricity, and spent the week with many dollar store religious candles illuminating my apartment. I’d take cold tepid baths at night with all the lights around me and sat there in slight pride that I was moving on up in the world that I so distraught with.