10 Things Only Southern Californians Will Understand…
Wherever you live in the world, it’s likely that you saw the Californians SNL skit, but if not, give that a look. It might only be hilarious to people who live in and around the SoCal area, but who knows. Anyway! If you, like me, live in the surrounding SoCal area, you know that there are some things only locals will truly ever understand…and these are those things. You’re welcome 😉
1. The Soul-Sucking Traffic. Seriously, there is nothing that will make you lose your freaking mind faster than LA traffic. Having gone to school in LA right out of high school, I can remember, all-to-vibrantly, the dread I felt at having to drive 2 hours in traffic to and from LA 3 times a week. It is a pain I would never wish on anyone. I had road rage, I drove like a complete maniac, I had panic attacks, and I have horrible traffic PTSD that strikes every time I’m back in LA.
2. The Power of a Mexican Food Craving…that strikes basically any time, all the time, all the days of the week. And only we understand the need to appease that monster craving, you know, like 4 times a week. What can I say? Mexico is, like, down the street. We cannot live without our tacos, burritos, or tortas.
3. Having A Closet Filled With Summer Season Clothing. The weather here in California is nothing short of bi-polar, but for the most part, it’s hot as Hell. It’s sticky, dry or humid (we don’t discriminate), a sunny day with a breeze, cloudy (hot or cold), and on the rare reprieve, rainy. Since it’s mostly warm weather, even during the fall and winter, we can afford to have a closet that’s filled with tank tops, shorts, and hoodies. In fact, when I lived at the beach as a child, I can vividly remember all the kids at school wearing shorts, converse, and sweatshirts…in the rain.
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4. Living In Flip Flops All the Days. It’s hot and wearing real shoes is just too cumbersome to bear. I can remember being as young as 6 and walking around my entire neighborhood barefoot. Going to beach often, you get used to wearing footwear that’s both fashionable, functional and super comfy!
5. Pretending You Live In A Tropical Paradise… because palm trees. There are so many palm trees here in SoCal. We’re basically known for a silhouette palm tree lined sunset. Because of our surroundings, we can sometimes get delusional in believing we really live on an island. Wishful thinking, maybe? *sigh*
6. Most of Us Cannot Drive in the Rain. Seriously, I don’t know what it is about the slightest drizzle that makes drivers forget how to drive. All of a sudden, everyone is going 45 or still speeding at 80. WTF? Why?
7. A Statewide Love for Avocados. What? Avocados are readily available and we love them. Give me guac or give me death. I ask you, what is life without chips and salsa? Don’t believe me? See my instagram for proof of how many times I’ve shared photos of avocados. #noshame
8. It’s Not Uncommon to Travel through 4 Freeways to Get to Your Destination. I can tell you all the freeways, cities, counties, and detailed directions for how to get anywhere in the inland cities, LA area, and even beach cities. I basically know the entire SoCal area. The Californians is funny because it’s true. When you get your driver’s license in California, it’s also the next step in learning how to get everywhere in your state from here to Las Vegas in the most efficient way.
9. 70 Degrees Is Cold. Living in such a warm climate means that when the temperatures get to the low 70s F, I am FREEZING. My boyfriend’s cousin moved here from Washington state a few years ago and she could sleep in sub 50 degree weather with her window open. Not so with us Californians. It’s too damn cold for that! Where the hell is my hoodie?
10. Earthquakes Don’t Phase Us. Visiting relatives always freak out if there’s an earthquake, other states lose their minds, but not us. We have earthquakes frequently and unless it’s above a 5.0, we’ll pretty much go about our daily lives unmoved.
Other things you probably don’t know about us? We have our own slang, identify ourselves by area code, know all songs with the word California in the title, many of us have an inability to drive in the rain, and find it irritating when people ask if we see celebrities all the time. The answer? No. Also, films like Fast and Furious which showcase scenes with weekend LA barbecues, beach and desert living, and even down to style are actually really accurate. That said, The Hills, O.C, and Laguna Beach were not. AND, lastly, there are more than 3 cities than just LA, San Francisco and San Diego in California. We might be unique little snowflakes, but we’re nice; I promise. And we have good food so there’s that too!