Shared Experiences of Jim and I
When I first went to California I was expecting so much glamour and glitz and the idea of experiencing a totally new aspect of the world. Instead apart from the flashy car every so often and coastline that lined the state I was met with much of the same. I was Jim, looking for something different. I remember looking at the Hollywood Blvd.
on different television programs and of the great Hollywood premiers and just being utterly disappointed among viewing the Chinese Theater, thinking that the whole area just wasn’t as large as expected. The experience I had was close to Jim’s feelings in Cairo where the group couldn’t stop comparing their expectations with the reality they were facing. With Humphrey saying “Gee, they’re not all that big, are they? Our office building is bigger.” (228) and Jim has to defend his less than amazing enjoyment for these so called wonders with the fact that they were built by hand to muster up the fact that they should be somehow more wonderful than the modern achievements available at Disneyland.
The other experience I had that was truly different from anything I have seen was when we ventured off the main strip to find those people that hoped to find it big, but only found hardships. There was many people who were down on their luck and living on the street. The sheer number of people here made me truly think about my surroundings just as it did for Jim as he finds “families sleep on the sidewalks outside… you live here, too. A man in a cardboard box lifts a little girl for Jim’s inspection” (230). This quote just really brought the fact that these people truly exist, they aren’t just statistics or a distant problems but actual people trying to survive.
Robinson, Kim Stanley. The Gold Coast. New York: ORB, 1995. Print.