I love visiting California, and have traveled there for business at least once a month since January. I definitely thought it was time for a fun post. That being said, I’m no expert on California, and I do not live there. But, I have made at least a dozen other trips to both Northern and Southern CA in addition to my monthly work trips. So, thought I’d share some observations I have made, and some big clues that you might be in California if…
(1) You find yourself in gridlock at any hour of the night on a highway, or freeway.
(2) At any given time, for any activity, there is a law or ordinance against it.
(3) You see beautiful tan people year-round, and it’s not all from tanning beds.
(4) You can find a Trader Joe’s just about anywhere. Yum, I love Trader Joe’s!
(5) You can have boba in your soda, juice, milkshake, or smoothie whilst wearing $400 shoes. Yeah, and don’t even think about wearing what you think is “okay” in Colorado if you want to fit in on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, or Santana Row!
(6) It only takes 90 minutes to drive 46 miles, and everyone will tell you, “that’s super quick compared to….”
(7) The foliage consists of palm trees, or tropical plants. Ahh, Paradise!
(8) You just paid $630,000 for a 2500 sq. ft. home, and your commute to work is a mere 67 miles. (see #6 above & remember, that’s nothing)
(9) One word: Smog! Let’s not even talk about haze. The mountains only greet me in Moreno Valley in January and February.
(10) It was 80 degrees yesterday, and you received tan lines at the beach. Today, you are wearing a jacket and gloves on that same beach. Chilly! This rule applies to almost every place in CA, especially SF and the Bay area. Also, random cloud cover seems to hover over the beach in the months you’d least expect it: June through August.
(11) A motorcyclist just rode between you and the car next to you on the freeway (helmet required by law- see #2 above). It scared you a bit. Oh, and I should add: most car passing is done on the right. Slow drivers just sit in the left lane. Get used to it. Also of note is that most of these bad drivers move to Colorado and do the same thing.
(12) Your pilot just informed you how they are going take off or land at John Wayne Airport (SNA). They will also tell you why, and you have now heard this speech for the 20th time— refer to #2 above. Yes, only in CA; noise ordinances in Newport Beach have caused your steep climb and random flight over the Pacific Coast when you are flying east.
In all honesty, I love it. There is nothing like a cool California breeze to wake up to, and turning around and seeing the sunset over the Pacific at dusk. Say what you will, I love visiting California. It has mountains, beach, ocean, and beauty.
But alas, my heart already belongs to Colorado.