I’m going to post some of the differences I’ve observe so far after being in the Bay Area for almost 4 months now. Life here hasn’t been that much of a shock but I have found myself thinking “Oh, okay” at times. Let’s do this:
- Recycling is big here as well as conservation. I certainly see conservation practice at the grocery since one has to pay for plastic bags. I like this.
- Weather is nice – I’m used to 90F+ summer days in Lubbock. Even if some days approach 90 here, it’s still comfortable (I chuckle at locals complaining). One shock about the weather and that’s San Francisco’s – brrrr.
- I understand that there isn’t much land around these here parts but wow does parking suck and I don’t even have a vehicle here. It’s like back home where trouble with finding street parking meant there was a big party going on the block. Oh right, I’ve noticed parking enforcement is strict too. You mean to tell me I can’t park overnight?
- More on lack of space: houses are close to each other like a fly on shit. Also, I noticed no or small front and backyards. I suppose one can’t have it all.
- I thought hella was a colloquialism in South Park. I heard some of the younger whippersnappers using the slang. After some research, turns out the word has it’s origins in the Bay Area. That’s understandable but it’s still cringeworthy to hear.
That’s it for observations. It seems redundant to mention the high cost of some things here (gas and rent no doubt). I might run into more observances as I spend more time here. Don’t take me seriously though – I’m just Texan.