When my husband phoned from work to tell me his company had asked us to relocate to Los Angeles, I was excited by the idea of a big adventure and consistently warm weather. And I was horrified at the prospect of leaving our family and friends. I was also completely terrified about earthquakes, guns (I am Canadian!) and Lindsay Lohan. And my husband wasn’t exactly selling it when he told me I would have to take a road test to be allowed to drive there.
It was a big, angst-ridden process but we decided to embrace the adventure.
It has been two months since that phone call and I’ve now been to Los Angeles four times (very briefly) to try to find a place to live.
Here is what I know so far:
- The traffic is outrageous. Toronto has a traffic problem (mostly construction related) but Los Angeles has taken traffic to a whole new level and made it a way of life. This is why (I think) they seem to be constantly texting/eating/hair-dressing/doing yoga while driving – when else would they do it???
- The waiters are touchy. I don’t mean sensitive. I mean touchy. When they come to your table, they rest their hand on your shoulder or pat your arm like you are about to FREAK OUT. This will take getting used to – Canadians are not touchy people.
- A basement in California is called a ‘California Basement’. This means a semi-finished pit under the house. In California. I am not sure why they have to specify the geographic location of the basement but they do. Always.
- Trader Joe’s is a nice, crunchy grocery chain but there is a floating cloud of B.O. that cannot be predicted or avoided. And it will get you. Every time.
- LA folks like to have a lot of bathrooms in their homes. It is not unusual to see more bathrooms than bedrooms. At first I thought this was indicative of a possible water quality/gastro-intestinal problem in our new city but have come to believe that this is just a way of conveying ‘luxury’. Weird but at least it isn’t a stomach problem.
Obviously, I have only scratched the surface of this great (I think) new city and I still have a lot to learn.
Our house is sold and we have found a place to live in LA.
We move in less than a month. And it is going to be good. I think.