I’m kind of in a Cali mood today (the weather has certainly helped). I've thought a lot about home and DC and why I’m here and why I wish I never left. I remember when I was in junior high, my advisor told me that I should make a list of pros and cons whenever making a difficult decision. Sounds pretty basic, right? Except I never really ever made this list before I moved away. I just assumed that DC was the right choice for me and my career. That implies that I didn’t find the decision difficult—which is true. However, every once in a while, I find it really difficult to stay here.
So, here are my lists, 5 years too late:
Reasons why California is better than DC
- The average temperature year round is 75 degrees. It seldom varies by 10 degrees or more. Kinda takes the thinking out of planning what to wear.
- The rain is only during winter months (there are two—December and January).
- That means good hair days most of the year. And a regular visit with my colorist.
- The beach is less than 30 minutes away (unless you live in the I.E. but if you do, being far from the beach isn’t your only problem).
- The scenery is always nice, whether you are staring out into the ocean or you’re checking out the boys surfing.
- People are nicer. Jesse thinks it’s the year round exposure to sun. I just think people are more laid back in Cali.
- Flip flops. Every day. Every month.
- Oh my! Liberals as far as the eyes can see!
- My family, friends, and dog are in Cali.
- Probably the only state with snow in the mountains, proximity to the ocean, vast deserts, and dense woods.
Why DC is better than California
- Seasons—well, only Spring and Fall. The other two I could do without.
- History—Monuments and all of that stuff are pretty cool to visit, even if you haven’t done it since you first moved here.
- Museums—the Smithsonians are free!
- Tai Shan—yes, he’s about the same size as an adult panda now, but he will always be our little Butterstick.
- Gary, my hairstylist, is here (although I could probably convince him to move to Cali with me).
- DC is very walkable (which is good, considering how reliable the Metro is).
Ok. I’m done. I can’t think of anything else. Can you?
This post was inspired by this article: California voted best state to live in