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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

You Know You Grew Up In SoCal When...


You Know You Grew Up In SoCal When...

1. You wear see women wearing workout clothing to work, to the supermarket, to the beach, to the movies, to a bar, to uhm... you get the point, yes?

2. You say, "awesome!", "dude", and "like" way more than anyone really should.

3. You don't own a North Face jacket. So you're saying you traveled to SoCal and saw someone wearing a North Face jacket? Trust me, they were on vacation or they just moved here (but seriously). =P

4. You get a teensy bit depressed during the months of April, May, July, August, and September because work gets in the way of ... life enjoying the perfect weather, and all the important beachy things you should be doing.

5. You also get a teensy bit depressed during June because it's supposed to feel like summer, but June Gloom puts a major damper on days at the beach.

6. You grew up going to Disneyland, and if you grew up in Orange County you had at least 5 friends or acquaintances who worked at Disneyland and could get you in for free.

7. You're used to driving, and driving, and driving so more. Now if we're going to get specific...
- If you live in LA you want to kick yourself every single time you need to drive somewhere
- If you live in OC you curse the 91, 55, 5, and 405 during rush hour... but especially the 91.
- If you live in SD, well traffic doesn't suck but you pretty much dread going to LA. =P

8. You own a pair of Rainbow flip flops and you're pretty sure they match everything in your wardrobe.

9. If you went to public school your teachers went on strike at least once.

10. You don't really get the whole NorCal/SoCal rivalry and really you don't care (SoCal is better cough, wink wink =P).

11. The beach will always feels like home.

And just one more that applies to people who grew up in OC or LA, but now live in San Diego...
12. You feel the need to correct every San Diego resident who tries to tell you that Disneyland, Laguna Beach, and/or Newport Beach are in "LA".... because really now, they are in Orange County. =P

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Of course the above 11 items are my own personal opinions and you may feel differently. =P
Did you grow up in SoCal? Is there anything I should or add remove from this list? Share with me please

xo

24 comments:

Robyn said...

ha-sure it is isn't quite as depressing as when it rains all the time...lucky duck!

Maggie Donnelly said...

That's so exciting Tammy!!!! My boyfriend loves Disneyland and can you believe it, I've never been!! He can't wait till we both go some day. Now you have something really fun to look forward to =)

Maggie Donnelly said...

Hmmm that comment ended up under the wrong post =) but you know what I'm talking about =)

Georgina Castellucci said...

Love this post (especially because I'm from the East Coast so it's interesting to see the differences!) xo

Jess said...

I lived in San Diego for 21 years and I can attest to these ALL being true. I'd also like to add that we're pretty sure it takes 20 minutes to get anywhere. I'm so guilty of saying that. Temecula Wine Country? 20 minutes! Pacific Beach? 20 minutes tops!

Laura Shane said...

I've lived in northern california and southern california, and I can attest that we are better down here. I'm personally from the desert, and from here you're not really from southern california unless you go 'down the hill' at least twice a week, haha.

Cece said...

Add that when it rains it's almost like a national weather disaster since it makes news. Also that dressy means a collared shirt and flip flops!! What people don't wear work out gear anywhere and everywhere in other states? Didn't know that!! I do it all the time.

Courtney Ramsey said...

hehe these are funny. i didn't grow up here, moved for the hubby 3 years ago...but i can totally understand all and relate to a few :)

xo, Courtney
www.shabbyloveschic.com

michelle said...

only in san diego do you see people walking around with blankets when it's cold because no one owns a warm enough jacket. but they will never go buy one because they "live in san diego and it NEVER gets cold here." if it rains, it might as well be a hurricane because everyone panics and then crashes their car because they have summer tires. oh and when you hear a white kid telling someone from mexico that mexican food here is more authentic.

holtkamp said...

i grew up in SD and definitely avoided LA and their traffic! i've seriously only been there a handful of times, and mostly to go to disneyland :)

Jennifer said...

I'm born and raised in San Diego. All I have to say is California Burrito.

Lauren Hargrove said...

Third generation SDiegan here... Besides the Cali B comment above, I would say that if you grew up in SoCal, you went to Surf Camp (or some other YMCA like camp) at least once over a summer break; you have gone to the OC or SD County fairs; you don't understand people who say they live some where where they can't play sports year round; and wear flip flops in the rain.... Just to name a few.

Tiffany said...

:) Us Central Coasters think you SoCal people think your version of California is the only one (not saying you are guilty of this... but generally it is true), and so I am glad you separated 'are from SoCal'. Being from SoCal and from NorCal are like being from two different places... except we brush shoulders once in awhile. But it's all good -- I just love this state all around!

Ash said...

this is PERFECT.

i have to agree with every single one (:

Rachel Murphree said...

Oh yes. I would like to add to this the need to bust out a winter coat when it gets below 60 degrees! Today was a cold one!

XO, Rachel

Withlove-rachel.com

Jessica said...

YES to 4,5,6,11,and 12! This post is "awesome"! I completely identify with these...-Jessica L

dani said...

NUMBER 3.

Ok. When I was 18, I visited my friends in San Francisco, who were all from Huntington Beach, like I am!

I was shopping downtown with one friend, and he said "let's go in the North Face store." I said "whats the North Face?" and he mocked me for the next 2 years.

Hmph.

<3 The Daily Dani

Erica @ to the sea said...

AHHhH! I miss SD. I lived there for a while in between Hawaii life (and now Africa). New follower from Mish's blog! I'm sponsoring this month too. :)

Aloha,
Erica
www.waytothesea.com

Melissa said...

Haha. Yup. This is pretty accurate. I say dude a lot. Like, a lot. Like so much that my grandpa called me out on it the other day. I would also add when you are used to little earthquakes and know that fires are really our big disaster problem.

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Hahaha this is so true!

Rikki Sophia said...

Hehe, I love this post! I grew up in San Diego and absolutely relate to these items.

I'm pretty sure Californians started the old mini skirt and Ugg boot trend and wear flip flops year-round.

www.lbyrikki.com

Yen said...

Every time I sit in bumper to bumper traffic, I feel like I'm back on the 405 to nowhere close to home haha

Love this post! Makes me miss home (HB) even more now!

Joelle Duff :: Something Charming said...

As someone originally from OC, that last one (and the Disneyland one) are so true! I remember when the Angels started going by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim...wtf? Anaheim is NOT LA. Neither is Disneyland or any of those other places. If you've ever been to Orange County, you know that it's definitely a...special place (and special, not necessarily being a good thing...). Thanks for making me smile this morning Tammy! xoxo

Heather Toner said...

Agree to all of those, on so many levels! ;)

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