“It never rains in southern California…” Sure it does. There should be a song that says, “It never summers, springs, winters or falls in southern California…” I’m so serious. There are definitely some advantages to living in Los Angeles. But experiencing 100 degree weather in September ain’t one of ’em. If you’re a native Angeleno you’re accustomed to the lack of seasonal changes. People wearing shorts and Havianas on Christmas day is not a strange sight. But to an east coast transplant, let’s just say it’s more than just a cultural shock. It’s damn near weird. Sometimes a little depressing. There’s a reason why people are always in their cars out here. It’s because they’re looking for that exit off the 405 that leads to the Land of Seasons. Hey, if there’s an Oz there’s got to be a land, right? Dig some of the reasons why I miss Fall on the east coast:
1. Seeing the leaves change colors. Colored construction paper and scissors from the .99 Store just won’t do.
2. Walking out into the crisp fall air. Try passing out in stifling September temperatures.
3. Ordering whatever seasonal latte Starbucks is offering to mark the approaching holidays. Ever tried drinking a Pumpkin Spiced Latte, with whipped cream, in 98 degree heat? Outside?
4. Wearing fall clothing. I’m determined to wear my pashmina scarf with flip-flops. Never mind the neck sweats.
5. Cooking up my favorite recipes. The thought of whipping up veggie chili and a cream cheese pound cake for friends is exhausting. Miss y’all.
6. Wrapping up in a blanket and popping in a spooky movie. Okay, I’ll settle for turning on the AC and watching cable.
7. Seeing fall decorations everywhere. I swear I saw a lone scarecrow propped up on a wagon self-ignite the other day at The Grove.
8. Gathering around the fireplace with friends and family. Sharing iced green tea tips!
9. Trick-or-Treat. Smell my feet, gimme something for this heat.
10. Bundling up for holiday parades. Shout out to Macy’s!