After another weekend in California, I'm ready to reveal something shocking.
I have lived there all my life. At least for the first 29.7 years of my life.
I have been back twice since moving to Idaho... I can honestly say: California, I think I'm done with you.
Granted, my boys live in California, and it doesn't get any better than a day at the beach. But the pro's are slim, and the con's are starting to become more apparent:
- The smog. I drove into Cali and saw a thick, soupy haze. I sent a Facebook message to my friends asking what was up...
I'm not used to smog anymore, which is an odd thing to say to me. I have traveled to Montana, Idaho, Washington and more, and enjoy seeing the mountains, the trees, the sky. Californians, you're missing out on some amazing sights.
My lungs aren't used to it anymore either. I forgot the slightly burning smell in your nose when you breathe in deeply. I forgot the way your eyes dry out faster thanks to the poor air quality.
Granted, I was in the Inland Empire. Just east of LA, all the smog settles in this little valley. I wish I was in a position to have the boys move up to Idaho with me (or convince my ex to move) so they didn't have to breathe this air in...
- The traffic. I have grown accustomed to going 45 miles in 45 minutes. When returning to baby-mama's house from Knott's, we ended up in traffic. The 30 mile drive took over an hour, and resulted in a freaked out mom. My phone was dying so I put it on the charger. I missed her texts, so it freaked her out. But if it wasn't for the traffic (or the no texting/phones while driving) I would have been back in time to keep her from getting paranoid.
- The people. Idahoans are rude, but in a different way. They don't like outsiders. The people in California that I had the *cough* pleasure dealing with didn't like anyone. You are a nuisance. You are in their way. You are an inconvenience. You need to go.
Don't get me wrong, Idaho isn't perfect. I still have a lot to blog about, because this is an odd odd state. But now, if I relocate again, I'm not sure if I'll be going back to California.
Which, after only 10 months, is still kind of shocking to me...