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#178- Summer is here, yes! (Archstone Los Feliz Version)

Today is the First Day of Summer!

Great timing:

After my stomach flu, it was the great timing that I got a nice email from my apartment manager Ms.R (If you want to read my another apartment’s story, try my post on May 5, 2012 / At my apartment in Los Feliz (Archstone Los Feliz Version) ).

*** Here is Ms.R’s email.

SAVE THE DATE: On June 20th at 4:30pm to 6:00pm - Summer Solstice with a Smoothie

Let’s get together and celebrate the beginning of summer with a complimentary refreshing smoothie from Jamba Juice.

Join us on the pool deck for a meet and greet with your neighbors all while enjoying the beautiful summer weather!

Also, we are having our Archstone Summer Break Leasing Expo. Take advantage of our great referral program. Invite your friends to experience the Archstone difference, from June 18-24, for a chance to win a $7,500 dream vacation. When they call Archstone Los Feliz home, they’ll get a $0 application fee and you’ll get a $200 rent credit. For more details, please call our Leasing office.

RSVP required for this event, email us at or call 323-662-3100.

Archstone Los Feliz


Great summer feel:

There were many colorful beach balls and balloons around the pool side. It was a cute summer decoration.

I enjoyed Mango Jamba Smoothie and Parmesan Pretzel. (There were five flavor Smoothies, Parmesan Pretzel and Cinnamon Swirl for around 80 people.)

Great people:

I really like my neighbors (except one neighbor who lives above me. I have a noise problem with him / he wakes me up in the midnight, etc…).

Today, I met some new neighbors (a writer Mr.G and a school teacher Ms.L). Both of them told me that Japanese people are nice. Wow, I am very proud of myself as a Japanese!

My next door neighbor Ms.V is a high school English teacher. Today, I asked her, “Could you tell me the best way to learn good grammar. Could you recommend some good books to read and study?”, then she is so sweet, she said to me, “You have good English. Some of my student’s grammar is so bad. You speak better than those my students”. Wow, I am very proud of myself as a Japanese who speaks English!

Great luck:

There were some free gifts for us. I got a cute sunglasses. (There were some sunglasses and suntan lotions.)

We had a raffle (prizes were two Blockbuster $15 gift cards and three Starbucks $10 gift cards).

And, I won the prize! I got a Starbucks $10 gift card! Could you imagine? I got luck out of 80 people.

It was funny. When I was explaining about the Japanese saying, “There is fortune in leftovers / Good luck lies in odd numbers (in Japanese / Nokorimono niha fuku ga aru)” to some neighbors, Ms. R called me! I was the winner for the last prize! Yeah!

I got lucky! No…I mean, Ms. R gave me luck! , and Thank you to Archstone Los Feliz!

Big smile on my face :) It was a great way to start summer 2012.

I am sure that you will have a nice summer, because you are reading my blog :)

Have a great summer!!!

P.S. If you want to have more luck and want to live in the nice apartment, please call Ms. R. She will give you more luck!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles June 20, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

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From LA by 藤本庸子      




*** 米国でも多くの人が心を痛めており、皆様のご無事を願っています




*** 米国在住の私に出来ることを考えてみました


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