Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I am nursing a persistent itch to be in Los Angeles right now. I'm sitting here, trying to come up with something interesting to say about Okinawa, and it's just not coming to me. It's raining here and there's some decent lightening, although the thunder is nothing to write home about. I'm getting a little sweaty in this mugginess, and any time I mention how muggy it is to anyone, I only get a condescending chuckle and a "you have no idea." Like when I moved to New Hampshire and broke out the down jacket, scarf and hat when the leaves started to change. I HAD NO IDEA. I can't help it, I'm the spoiled offspring of spoiled offspring. My grandparents and great grandparents made their courageous journeys west until the sun hit at just the right angle and said, yep, this is it. The good life. Why live a miserable muggy, sodden, wet, frozen existence when you can just live in flip flops. All year long.
So yes, LA. I'm having that "man, why did I break up with that girl - she looks so good now" moment. I did her wrong, I tell you. The last couple years we lived there we didn't even go out that much. We dined in the same 3 places. Hollywood was such a trek, and the traffic and the noise and blah blah blah. I think we both agree that if we ever go back, we have to approach it like transplants - see the city with open eyes. Take in a show. Do the Star Tours. Renew our vows, so to speak.
A couple months ago, my friend KMAC sent me images of a gorgeous little New England town she and her husband recently moved to. I turned to John and said "someday, WE should live in a little town by the sea." He turned to me and said, "Are you seriously kidding me right now? We're live on a 10x10 foot ISLAND." hmm. point taken.
Don't get me wrong, I am enjoying the island living respite. But I look at a lot of the locals and their internal clocks are just putt-puttin' along. Live goes slooowly here. I miss some of the excitement of LA. I miss the options.
So who knows, someday we could be back in LA. Will she even take us back?