Tuesday, June 14, 2005

What a Difference a Coast Makes

I moved to California for the summer two weeks ago and to be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. East coasters don’t have a high opinion of California (particularly L.A.) and each earthquake offers renewed hope that the state might just fall into the ocean. However, I fear that I may be defecting. Don’t get me wrong- once an east coaster, always an east coaster. I will never learn how to relax, black will always be my favorite color of clothing, and I can’t help driving like a premenstrual woman. But life takes on a beautiful twist when you live on the Pacific coast, albeit for only two months. Feeling a bit nostalgic, here’s a list of ten things I haven’t seen since my cross country journey began in late May.

1.)‘Go Army’ bumper stickers. I’m in liberal nirvana for two more months. Go Democrats.
2.)My sister. She lives in Virginia. I miss her.
3.)Humidity. She also lives in Virginia. I’m feeling no separation anxiety there whatsoever.
4.)Spring Green. This state is one big sandbox with a couple of palm trees and sprinklers thrown in for good measure. The closest I can get to East coast spring green can be found in a crayola box at Rite-Aid.
5.)University of Maryland. I love it and hate it. But it has consumed my life for the last year.
6.)The Metro. Apparently, L.A. is too pretentious to bother with public rail transit.
7.)Pigeons. Although, replace “pigeon” with “seagull” and I’d feel right at home.
8.)My check book. I am hoping it’s chilling out on the coffee table back in Maryland.
9.)Rain. We haven’t had a drop since I arrived. I shit you not.
10.) Good music. I fear I may go ghetto/gangsta by the time I return. My car stereo has once again eaten a CD and refuses to give it back. I am forced to listen to the only two musical selections available in L.A.- Mexican dance music or 50 Cent and Ja Rule.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you miss Chris? Or has he come with you?

9:11 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Oh... I miss 'em, alright. He didn't come with me, but my move is only temporary- I'll be heading back to the east coast to finish school in August. He's coming out to visit this weekend.

10:57 AM  
Blogger btyguy said...

so if la's excuse for not having public transit is 'prention'...what's atlanta's?

oh yea, 'racism'.

btw, finally made it up to that city you love - chitown. i'll have to agree with you - if chris put nyc on his list, chicago should be there too :)

3:20 PM  
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