Sunday, July 17, 2011

East Coast, West Coast and the Middle...

Sooo, now that I have had a little taste of all three, I will do a most obnoxious generalization of all three – fun fun! If you don’t like generalizations, now is the time to close your eyes. ;-)

Living just outside of Philly, I feel ‘close’ to everything. The radio talks about NJ traffic – the people go to ‘The shore’ – or into the city (NY) for a play…just seems like state lines are simply streets (that’s a whole ‘nother’ blog posting). Philly trumps the West and Texas in that regard…trumps is putting it mildly. Although, Portland gets a shout out for being 20 from Vancouver – whoop whoop!

Growing up on the West Coast, I can say without a shadow of a doubt (gawd, now I sound like a politician) that recycling is in my BLOOD… deep in the roots. It is painful to throw away plastic. And yet, West Coasters? Make sure you are sitting..everyone ‘else’ seems to toss their plastic. Austin was pretty good with recycling because Austin is really Portland in ‘The Middle’. I secretly hope that the garbage people separate the ‘stuff’ when they haul it away…I can dream. Finding a place to recycle has been a challenge for me out East – and likely because I am in a smaller town. Thank goodness for Whole Foods because I load up their bins regularly. But what about my batteries??

Smoking…a random note here – people smoke more out here than Texas than Oregon…in that order. Nuff said.

Biking…do I really need to answer this one? Yeah, Oregon rocks…Austin takes a distant second thanks to Lance (a pretty big distance, actually).

Mass transit…East Coast…sorry Westers and Middlers – but the Easters have this one down – the train is a block away from my home…and I ‘think’ I could go to NYC – I am sure I could get there eventually. The train reminds me so much of Europe. The click, click, click…a fabulous sound. I must say when they start to honk a lot, I picture a turtle crossing or something…and that is a bit bothersome. Doesn’t help that a friend here told me she had to move a turtle off the tracks once…oye.

Critters around the hood…okay, Lansdale wins my heart – know why? Their squirrels (They have those, too) – but the bunny rabbit is the squirrel in my hood – how cool is that? I walk outside and they are hopping everywhere…kind of feels like a fairy tale or sumtin.

Freeways…I am so stumped out here. There are so many middle of the road know, those ones that just end randomly or are stopped up for miles or you have to pay to get on them (tolls are another thing - cost me $30+ to drive to NY yesterday - almost more than gas!)

Organic Produce…Well, Austin is the best price wise (thanks to Mexico) – Oregon is the best selection wise…and Lansdale doesn’t hit the map. The farmer’s market by my work is one stand and I swear they go buy the produce from the grocery store (non-organic) and add a slight fee…kind of funny actually – we all have to start somewhere.

History…probably don’t need to address this one either. When I first saw 1718 on a home out here, I had to double check that it wasn’t the address. There be some old buildings out here. Surrounding my work are these cobblestone streets – it feels so incredibly ancient, European and wonderful. I think we only see cobblestone in modern subdivisions out West. ;-)

People. They are all wonderful everywhere I go….they can be anything from moody, happy, sad, mad, cranky, funny, goofy, lifeless all the way to super hilarious peeps…this is true for every place I have ever been! I find that regardless of the ‘stuff’ listed above – the people are complete mirrors to my mood n the moment…if I want to change my experience, I just need to change my mood. It’s like magic.

So, there is my summation. Life in Lansdale is really nice – I am LOVING this routine – I am really enjoying my job – and also loving the people I am surrounded by (especially Arnold and his Peeps –Michelle, Megan, Maya, Shaie, Wesley, Elliot…the list is long – Arnold has a big fan base. ;-)) I am so grateful for this opportunity and am continuing to grow and figure out what the heck I am doing on this planet. What a concept.

Love you all!