What’s With All The Old People

Hi all! Sorry it’s been a minute. Liz here, again. You might be starting to think this is all my blog… Anyways, a topic that didn’t really occur to me until recently but that deserves discussion is the elderly. We love our grandmas/pas, great aunts/uncles, and the dear old people in our lives. However, we don’t love them on the road. Their lane changes are slow, their turns are slow, their depth perception is shot, and blinkers are usually optional for them.

Now, again, you might think I’m a bitch for going after the old people here. But, it just needs to be addressed that unlike California, a state that will take away your license if you struggle too hard on the vision test at the DMV, New Hampshire is more forgiving of their old people and like to keep them behind the wheel longer. You might ask what evidence I have for the DMV thing. Well- I’ll tell you. So when I was at the DMV (and lol anyone from LA would laugh at the DMV, it’s in an old house and the whole operation has like 10 pleasant workers and there’s one waiting room and getting a new license took all of 20 minutes **SHOCKER**), there was an old man in line in front of me doing his vision test. This man must’ve been around 80-90 years old, had super thick glasses and walked with a cane. He was a very pleasant-seeming older gentleman but when it came time to read the letters on the board, he S-T-R-U-G-G-L-E-D (spelt like that for emphasis). So not only was he unable to read the mid-size print from the line, the lady working there kept allowing him to try over and over again and told him if something was incorrect so he could try to guess a different letter. THIS MAN SHOULD NOT BE DRIVING! I get allowing the older population to use the larger (not huge) letters, but allowing him to guess repeatedly so he can keep his license… that is frightening. But also, if you’ve driven in New Hampshire and seen some of the atrocious driving, it would make sense.

Alright, I guess I’m done ranting about the elderly.

Let’s Talk Humidity

Hi All Internet Friends!

Today we’re going to talk about humidity as Summer comes to a close and Fall is starting to come around, noted by the reemergence of pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider.

**As a quick aside, don’t think we’ve forgotten about our drunken vlogs! They’re edited, just need to post them!**

Okay, back to the topic at hand: humidity and Summer. I’ve always been partial to colder weather. I love overcast days with a cool breeze. Sweater weather type stuff. So, as you can imagine, Summer on either coast has never been my favorite season. However, humidity is my personal hell and so spending 3.5 months living in it has been a HUGE adjustment, but not one I’ve welcomed. Growing up in LA, you never really experience humidity except for on beach days or on a day trip down to San Diego. The worst humidity I’ve ever experienced was (well it’s a tie between 2 incidents): 1) visiting family in Louisiana (New Orleans) in August; 2) Visiting family in Chicago in August. On both of these trips, it was 100 degrees everyday, at least, and was around 80-95% humid each day as well. I was fine experiencing this type of weather on the rare family vacation, but moving to New Hampshire, this was typical for most of the Summer. I can’t even count how many Summer rain/thunderstorms there were (and by that I mean it’s still 90 degrees outside but pouring rain), or days when you needed to shower twice just to not feel sticky and gross.

On the west coast, because the air is dry, your sweat absorbs and you’re able to self-cool. However, when it’s so humid that you can see beads of sweat on your arm while taking the dog outside, there’s no evaporation happening so your body isn’t able to cool itself down. That is why humidity is my personal hell. Because not only is it hot as hell outside, YOU CAN’T COOL OFF UNTIL YOU COME INSIDE! It makes doing any outside activity, or even physical activity in any capacity, wholly unappealing and miserable.

Now, if you ask someone who has lived in a humid climate since forever, they might say “oh it’s not so bad once you get used to it.” Well, unfortunately for me, I could not get used to it.

So let’s all say a small thank you to the weather gods that it is now almost the time of year when I can break out boots, sweaters, and scarves and not have to think about dying of heat for another 6 months. (Just have to worry about frost bite!)

Thanks for tuning in!

 

Returning to Cali for the Weekend

Hi Friends! So, clearly, it’s Liz writing this post again. We haven’t had time to make our drunken vlog yet, obviously, but that’s coming this weekend, so stay tuned!

To give the title of this post some context, Colin and I went to San Diego this weekend for my brother’s wedding. It was our first time back in California in almost a year since moving to New England. Can we talk about how much I missed civilization?!!? First of all, just landing and seeing beach, sand, sun, palm trees, and mountains, made me much more nostalgic than I anticipated. I think Colin would agree with me saying that we both really miss the California landscape. I couldn’t talk about coming back to SD without mentioning the traffic, but honestly it wasn’t that bad, despite being a holiday weekend.

When we arrived at our hotel, the first thing we did, naturally, was head to the hotel bar for some drinks and munchies. We ordered nachos (when in Rome), and Moscow mules. They had forgotten the guacamole on the nachos, though, so it took us a while before we could get our avocado fix. It really has been a never ending plight for good guac! (Spoiler alert: we eventually had breakfast burritos with guacamole and they were bomb.com!)

The other thing, besides food, that we realized we really missed about being in California was the amount of things to do, especially late at night. After most of the events we went to In n Out (again, duh!) and I can’t tell you how frustrating it’s been living in a place where nothing is open past 9 pm. So being able to get burgers at 1 am and drive around and actually see cars out was very refreshing, and honestly very missed.

I’d expect some of you would anticipate us talking about how great the weather was while in San Diego, too. Well, it was still humid which was disappointing because Colin and I both much prefer dry heat, typical of LA. However, we did experience the ocean breeze, which was nice! Our hotel was also right on a lake which was beautiful.

I’m not going to talk too much about the wedding because as strangers on the internet, I really doubt you care all that much! But all in all it was amazing to be back in SoCal and definitely reaffirmed that we want to move back there sometime in the near-ish future.

Ta-ta for now!

You Can Take The Girl Out of California, But Not The Cali Out of the Girl

Hi! Liz and Colin here! But as you can guess by the title of this opening post, Liz is the author of this one. So here’s the premise of this blog: we’re two LA, born-and-raised, folks who moved across the country to New Hampshire, in October 2018. Now, at this point, you may be wondering why two people who lived in a very sought after place moved to a, well, less sought-after place (to be clear, the middle of bum- ***k- nowhere). Sometimes, we find ourselves wondering too. The short answer to that question is that around this time last year I received a job offer to work PR and social media with a professional hockey team located here. Since moving to New England and learning to live in a completely different environment: rural, lots of trees, snow (DRIVING IN SNOW), bad Mexican & Asian food, etc., we’ve realized that as people from the west coast, we have a lot of gripes with New Englanders and how things are done out here. In this blog, we’ll cover things like driving, avocados, snow, nature, humidity, pup-parenting in a different climate, and much more that’s not coming to mind at the moment.

The first topic I wish to talk about: DRIVING. Everyone, across the country, says people from California, LA in particular, can’t drive. It’s that we’re aggressive and drive too fast. Well, let me tell you something: we may drive fast, but at least we know how to ****ING MERGE! People in New England seriously do not know how to merge! They enter the on-ramp and go the same speed until they’re on the “highway” (no one calls it a freeway out here– I get weird looks). The most frustrating part is that drivers out here have tunnel vision. They are not aware of other cars who may be in their blind spot and do not speed up/slow down to avoid said cars. They just go on their merry way until the last second when they slam on their breaks, screwing up the whole flow of traffic.

Speaking of flow of traffic, you know how no one in LA lets you in a lane or says “after you” at a stop sign. I used to think it was kind of annoying and rude, but truth be told, it’s so much better! I get people want to be nice, and you can say “What a bitch, she doesn’t appreciate nice people.” But, my point is that not going when you have a green, or not taking your right of way at a stop sign is CONFUSING for the rest of us on the road who follow normal traffic conventions. All I’m saying is that it’s okay to be nice, but also follow traffic laws and we’ll all get where we need to go! 🤦🏻‍♀️

Going back to the idea of tunnel vision- I’d like to address one more gripe: PEDESTRIANS. Okay, so here’s the thing in the “downtown” near where we live there are cross walks, but people tend not to look where they’re going and just step off into the street, expecting you, the driver, to stop. Now, we all know “pedestrians have the right of way.” That’s not a novel idea. HOWEVER, in LA if you did that, you’d be roadkill! It blows my mind that New Englanders (I say that intentionally because it’s not just people in NH, it’s those in Boston too), just don’t even really think to look at oncoming cars. And if they do happen to jump out into the road and you don’t slow down/blow past them because they were being stupid, they get irate! People in NYC jaywalk all the time in one of the most trafficked cities of all time. If people can survive these environments, why is it seemingly impossible for New Englanders to use their little cross walks and wait for a clearing in traffic to cross the street. Or even just wait until cars see you to walk. Again, 🤦🏻‍♀️. Also, for people who may not be aware of this little law: you can get a ticket in California for jaywalking. I think that’s an important contextual piece of info.

I think, for now, that sums up our gripes with drivers/pedestrians out here! We’ll cover driving in snow in a different post. Also be on the look-out for YouTube videos! We plan on getting inebriated and speaking on these various topics! Sounds like fun, right?! Probably more for us, the drinkers, than for you, the viewers, but se la vie.

Tootles!