My family recently made a trip down to Los Angeles for college visits for my daughter. We stayed at an Airbnb in a part of West LA close to Culver City. It was a middle-class LA neighborhood tucked in between freeways, which immediately struck me as oddly quiet and motionless, as I took my dog out for walks. The mix of different house and landscaping styles was very 1950 southern California. I also saw many American flags arranged in strange ways, which was peculiar after living in San Francisco. I hardly encountered any residents on my walks around the neighborhood and I began to imagine aliens from outer space living in these homes and pretending to be Los Angelenos. What would they be doing here and why would they make these lifestyle decisions?