Memo to police chief-designate Bratton:
Freeway etiquette, earthquake preparedness, the location of the nearest Trader Joe's. So much to learn about Los Angeles!
Oh, and out here our alphabet contains 26 letters.
All these years, as a good Boston boy, you've been making do with 25. (Yankees are frugal even when it comes to speech.) But like a really bad suit from Filene's Basement, that won't cut it in Palm Paradise.
Quite possibly, the surprise quiz you may encounter when you face City Council confirmation is, "What letter comes between Q and S?"
Hint: The answer is not AAAAAAH.
Stay in Southern California long enough, and you will discover that R is a lovely concept. Think: din-NER; thea-TER; dri-VER; may-OR. Roll that unfamiliar sound around in the back of your throat. Grab that R and growl it. Say it long enough and loud enough in front of your mir-ROR and soon, that forgotten letter will sound elegant, cosmopolitan, charming. Definitely western.