Living in So. Cal

September 22, 2008

Make no mistake about it…living in southern California is a challenge. And I don’t even live in LA – I’m south a ways in Orange County. But don’t let the lack of tall buildings or taxi cabs fool you. It’s all morphed into one big blob and every bit as intense as a New York or Boston or Chicago. Maybe more. At first I was a little miffed by the Angels changing their name from Anaheim to Los Angeles. Now I feel like who cares? Whats the difference between Anaheim and LA anyhow? Its all the same sprawl. This is not the same place full of orange groves and mellow people that I grew up in. Anyway, I digress. What I was trying to say is that it’s intense here and if you’re not careful, it’ll eat you alive. Before you know it you’ll be living in a house you can’t afford, working 18 hours a day, eating in your car while on the phone while driving 85 while taking the kids from swim lessons to soccer, you won’t have time to meet the neighbors, you’ll be voting Republican no matter what, and you’ll be divorced. No kidding. Don’t get me wrong, I like where I live. We’ve got options up the ying-yang, healthy food, great waves, and the best weather. Let’s face it, every place has it’s positives and negatives and the whole world is going through growing pains. So here are a few things I do to stay sane (or at least partially sane) while living in the city. Make sure to ride the bike (and bike only) at least one day a week. Spend as much time as possible at the beach and make it a priority to get out of town once in a while for a little perspective. Limit the kid activities, limit the cell phone use, and no eating in the car. Drive the speed limit. Sometimes it works, but most often I feel like I’m swimming against the current. I will leave you with some images of an escape I made this weekend with my wife out to the clean open desert. Adios amigos.



2 Responses to “Living in So. Cal”

  1. Eric Lee says:

    Nice writing style. I look forward to reading more in the future.

  2. Royce the Cherokee says:

    Great pics! I go to all of these places everyday…in my head! One of the best 30 minutes I recently had was standing off to the side of the living room undetected watching my soon to be 4 year old daughter sit in a big recliner with her 9 year old brother watching SpongeBob together, laughing sharing a box of jalapeno Cheez-Its.

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