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Old 09-13-2012, 10:59 AM
 
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I grew up in NY and lived in LA for 3 years. LA does have nice weather, but then it also has an ominous brown smog cloud over it most days, except after rain. One thing I did miss while in LA was the green. LA is brown for most of the year 9-10 months, it is desert after all. Being in the Northeast seeing green reminds of life, while the brown reminded me of death. The north has a more complex cycle of seasons, while Socal was wet and dry. It wasn't a huge deal, just an aspect of that area. I did go up to the San Gabriel for my slice of being surrounded by trees.

I always found trying to adjust to local attitudes interesting, and was never wanting a particular stereotype. For me anyway, variety is the spice of life. Others find comfort in regularity. With the ever increasing globalization, and inputs we get through the internet media, I hope we don't find ourselves being culturally homogeneous, and that local traditions and ways of thinking blend.

Good luck in Cali.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:07 AM
 
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Heck golly gee willickers!!
We're in the midst of our worst weather since I've been back to Hermosa. It's 68 degrees and there is a marine layer of clouds above us. It might not get sunny again until noon! And I am expecting our first rainfall in a couple of months time, maybe sooner! Winter really is the worst here. You have to deal with temps in the 60s and the small but real chance it will drizzle a few times a month.
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:17 PM
 
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That is the one thing about southern californians. Aside from the occasional earthquake, they don't understand mother nature. Living through drastic changes in climate builds your character. This is part of the reason that californians are thought of as living in a bubble. Nothing but sun like that bleaches your fekkin brain.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:10 PM
 
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That is the one thing about southern californians. Aside from the occasional earthquake, they don't understand mother nature. Living through drastic changes in climate builds your character. This is part of the reason that californians are thought of as living in a bubble. Nothing but sun like that bleaches your fekkin brain.
And it's a bubble I'm happy to live in
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:16 PM
 
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Like....yahhhh
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:43 PM
 
Location: 2 blocks from bay in L.I, NY
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Default That was a good read!

Skyway31,

I enjoyed reading your perspective. Funny mentioning the rats. A relative of mine from S.F bay area is in town this week. Her first trip ever to New York. Late yesterday evening I took her on a walking tour of Central Park. She pointed out a large rat, who was actually blocking our path, to me and said that she was about to say "ooh look at the squirrel" until she realized what it truly was. Lol, yep welcome to our great city where you are guaranteed to see a large rat at some point within a few feet of you! She and I waited for the rat to scurry, um I mean "lumber" back into the into the vegetation and we ran FAST past that area as if we had spotted Big Foot hoovering in there. A man who was leisurely walking behind us snickered at us.
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:19 PM
 
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That is the one thing about southern californians. Aside from the occasional earthquake, they don't understand mother nature. Living through drastic changes in climate builds your character. This is part of the reason that californians are thought of as living in a bubble. Nothing but sun like that bleaches your fekkin brain.
California has vast climates throughout the many cities in the state.

All experiences we have in life build character- I'd imagine the constant change of New Yorks radical temperatures paints a much different person than that of much more mild California.

I wouldn't say a better one though.
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Old 09-14-2012, 03:26 PM
 
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Skyway31,

I enjoyed reading your perspective. Funny mentioning the rats. A relative of mine from S.F bay area is in town this week. Her first trip ever to New York. Late yesterday evening I took her on a walking tour of Central Park. She pointed out a large rat, who was actually blocking our path, to me and said that she was about to say "ooh look at the squirrel" until she realized what it truly was. Lol, yep welcome to our great city where you are guaranteed to see a large rat at some point within a few feet of you! She and I waited for the rat to scurry, um I mean "lumber" back into the into the vegetation and we ran FAST past that area as if we had spotted Big Foot hoovering in there. A man who was leisurely walking behind us snickered at us.
Yeah I had never seen a rat in person in my life until I got to NYC. Very weird seeing them in very public settings in NYC!
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Old 09-14-2012, 03:27 PM
 
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California has vast climates throughout the many cities in the state.

All experiences we have in life build character- I'd imagine the constant change of New Yorks radical temperatures paints a much different person than that of much more mild California.

I wouldn't say a better one though.
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Inglewood, CA
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Yeah I had never seen a rat in person in my life until I got to NYC. Very weird seeing them in very public settings in NYC!
We have far fewer rats for sure, but I have seen some around downtown at night. Especially around the parks and Pershing Square. Places where people and food are during the day can have rats at night. Big ones too!

While I don't understand the attitude of many respondents that the ability to live among filth makes you an urban sophisticate and not wanting to do so makes you a rube, I will say that given your priorities a weekend trip would have shown you that NYC was probably not for you. Good on you though for trying it out.
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