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Monday, June 11, 2007

Where we can turn right on a red light

Usually when we tell our New Yorker friends that we're spending the summer in California they start out positive (Oh, the weather! It's so beautiful there!) but then end up going Woody Allen via Annie Hall. An art associate of Lane's said, "Those Californians, they're so incurious." This, by the way, is about the worst thing a New Yorker can possibly say about a person, next to "lacking in style." A friend of mine asked me, "but what will you talk about with them? They don't know how to have intelligent conversations."

As it turns out, we will be staying smack dab in the middle of America's West-Coast Brain Trust, Standford University. Relatively speaking I'll to be the bimbo. But rumor has it that (with the exception of San Francisco) the rest of California is populated by SUV-driving McHappy space cadet flakes. Yeah, I know, I mixed metaphors. I'm just preparing myself for the transition.

Californians, are you gonna let those New Yorkers talk about you like that?

We're getting on a plane soon and have a wedding to attend this week. Hope you come back next week to read...

What I Made for Dinner, California Edition


Lindsey said...

Have a great trip!

Janet M Kincaid said...

Looking forward to your dispatches from the Left Coast.

Luisa Perkins said...

Now, hey. California is pretty great, especially the area around Stanford. I lived in that area for years! It's gorgeous, and smart people abound.

You as bimbo. Ha! As if...if you start feeling intellectually inferior in any way, start throwing some Proust around.

If you can, go to Hobie's and have some of their coffee cake and let me know whether it's as good as I remember, or whether my palate has changed significantly since I was 19.

liz said...

YAY! Welcome. Can't wait to get our calendars together for a visit.

Hevansrich said...

Welcome to California!! I am looking forward to your take on my adopted state. As far as the east vs. west coast rivalry – I can only speak from personal experience. I’ve now lived on both coasts for a significant amount of time and have found: Fast paced New York was perfect for my single working years -going to the theater and going out nearly every night, a perfect jumping off point for travel in New England and Europe and beyond – friends replacing family as my support group, culture, excitement, famous faces and the hassles of city life which at the time were completely romantic.
Laid back California is perfect for my married mother of four young kids life I live now, schools, shops and parks master planned to a T in my community, jump in the car (mini-van, not SUV) and head over to grandma’s house near the beach, family gatherings on the weekends, more family a days drive away in Utah. Husband has a good job with a short commute so I don’t feel pressured to have to work out side the home, and once the beach haze burns off the weather IS beautiful every day. Yes New Yorkers take themselves a bit too seriously, and yes, Californians may not take themselves seriously enough. I’m just glad I’ve gotten the chance to be both.

Anonymous said...

I'm excited to see your take on left coast life after living in The Center of the Universe for so long. And I'm not-so-secretly hoping that your increased proximity means you'll be popping up here for a long weekend. :)

Kate The Great said...

Right when you're gone from NY, I have a question about NY:

I'm reminiscing with Paul, who's on his mission right now, and he's recalled a pizza place we went to on our visit to Brooklyn as "the best pizza ever". He's even got a list, and this place tops the list. I've heard Curtis recall this pizza place on a seperate occasion as well.

I remember the place was next to water, and I remember it was something like Rickenbackers (a restaurant here in Ogden).

Do you remember its name? You took us there, but it was years ago.

Adriana Velez said...

Yeah, the East Coast/West Coast rivalry, what's interesting is that it still even exists. I think New Yorkers project their fears/misgivings about America in general onto California, perhaps because its personality is so big, perhaps because it's the non-NY metro state New Yorkers visit most often. What interests me more is, of course, the things that make California unique among the other states in the nation.

We're just glad to be here (in CA).

Kate, the pizza place you're talking about is just over the Brooklyn Bridge, in a neighborhood called Dumbo. The pizza place is called Grimaldi's, I think.

Hevansrich said...

we're glad you're here too! what I neglected to mention in my previous comment (i was rushing through it due to a VIP end of school year preschool picnic) was that I have known on both coasts many open-hearted, open-minded people who represent each place at its very best. and I look forward to learning from your perspective things about my home state that I would most likely never realize myself! and I probably shouldn't mention that CA has its own little in-state rivalry going on between the North and the South. They claim we take all of their water and are responsible for the govenator. We just lie back with a cool drink on the beach and chant "So Cal so cool....No Cal no way..."

Lo said...

Okay, I'll throw my stereotypes out.

Last time Lo and I went to California... Palo Alto area mostly, but also Santa Cruz... was how much healthier people were into being than in NY. Now, I know many NYers are into health too... there are juice bars and gyms and whatnot. But we also like to go to Katz's Deli and such.

As far as California food goes, Leah claims Californias like to put avocado on too many things.

We also kind of feel like the people we know in California are a little more likely to have New-Agey attitudes. Not a bad thing. Just a difference.

I wonder if you'll find anything like that in terms of parenting philosophies there. I seem to recall Leah's cousin talking ... and I may be getting this wrong ... about fostering her children's energies and such. And another West Coast friend of mine has been talking a lot recently about calling her future child to her while trying to conceive. (I can't imagine most NYers doing that.) I realize the west coast folk I know are a very small sample, but those are my stereotypes.

ME said...

As a Southern California native, I must say there's no such thing as too much avocado.

My only experience with NY was being bussed from the airport to CW Post University for a week of AFS exchange student orientation. Based on that, I would say New York has the more artistic graffiti. I should probably update my East Coast sample size.