Southern California


The Goods
The beach. The only exception here would be Santa Cruz in Northern California, but you're still dealing with cold water.

Mexican Food. #givemeallofit 

The endless summer: Rad. Except when it's fall.

The use of the word Rad (see above). Surfer lingo, therefore So-Cal. I personally love it. Matt acts as if he's personally offended every time I use it. He always asks me: "Who says 'rad' anyway?" Ah Matt, you poor, rad-less soul. There are more of us than you think.

I can wear a dress any time of the year I want. And flip flops. #win

The Eh
Strip Malls. Seriously, how many CVS stores and Rubios do you need in a one square mile radius?

Architectural style: Beige Stucco, Red Tile. Repeat. Would it kill anyone to throw in a little gray, black, white, brick, wood...anything?

Water. It's just yucky here. Sometimes I forget about it, or maybe I've become accustomed to it, then I visit my parents and I think: what is that marvelous, cold, sweet liquid coming out of the tap?

The lack of trees, besides palms (see above photo). Not that I have anything against palm trees, but I do miss a quaint little tree-lined street. 

What do you think? Do you have a preference? Or do you have a special place in your heart for both?

Photo and Graphics: Alexa Evans for Short & Sweet Blog


Lauren said...

This is fascinating to read. It's been a decade since I've lived in San Diego, and it reminded me so much of Greece that I fell instantly head over heels in love. I'll add a few things to the Goods and the Eh, though. ;)

The Goods: Bougainvillaea, and flowers blooming year round. Seeing the ocean from the freeway. Rows of palm trees.

The Eh: Gas prices, traffic, sprawl.

I still love and miss it though. XO

Gloria said...

Haha one of my best friends says "rad" all the time, and it drives me nuts :-) The endless summer weather makes me want to move to the west coast!

Alex Byer said...

Haha I love this! I do love the Mexican food from SoCal. My sister lived in San Diego and Carmel for eight years, so I got to experience the good stuff. Eh for me? Traffic. Always.

natasha {schue love} said...

Ha! Totally agree with all of this! And the other eh is the crazy crowds/traffic. But otherwise, it's paradise!

Brigette Olmos-Arreola said...

Hit the nail on the head! I remember when I first moved to Huntington Beach I thought "Strip mall, another strip mall...good god I've moved to a land of liquor stores and cheap nail salons" thank heavens for sunny days and fabulous Mexican food!

Christine D. | The Plumed Nest said...

i am a constant offender of using the word rad. i also use "sweet" a lot. maybe it's just left over from my days of youth, but both roll off my tongue constantly - from being at the grocery store, "you saved $11.59 . . ." "SWEET!" to talking to my grandma "I am feeling much better after my knee replacement ..." "That's RAD grandma!" no, you are definitely not alone.

Rema said...

I'm firmly in the Rad Camp with you! I also love the casual vibe of, well, everything here. It's almost as if it's safer to err on the side of dressing down than dressing up.

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

loved your observations! so funny. I like rad....I don't think I have ever used it...but I like it.

heather gilmour said...

I've never been to California bu definitely will visit it some day.
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Erin said...

I've only ever been to So-Cal (can I use the lingo if I'm not a native? ;) so I'm not in a position to pick a side/direction. But I did love it when I visited and I love your list! xo