Friday, October 8, 2010

Good Luck my sweet nephew...

Last weekend there was a farewell dinner party for a member of our family who is moving to California. He's young enough to try this drastic move of his dreams. Taking practically the clothes on his back, early Monday morning, off he went.

Now, I would have to rent two or three 18 wheelers to transport the clothes on my back, plus some other stuff.

This is why he's the one doing this adventure and not me.

I think, however, he will find a few differences between Maine and California.

Such as.....

In California, your fastest commute will be down your driveway.

In Maine, you consider it a traffic jam if there are four cars waiting to pass a tractor.  

In California, your monthly house payments exceed your annual income.  

In Maine, your neighbors house foreclosed after an unlucky 24 hour mini-cruise on the Scotia Prince.

In California, the primary bugs you worry about are electronic.   

In Maine, you think a mosquito could be a species of bird.

In California, your car has bullet proof windows.  
In Maine, you install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked.

In California, you pack shorts and a t-shirt to ski in the snow and a sweater and wet suit for the beach.
In Maine, if you have to dress up you wear a tie with your flannel shirt.
In California, getting from point A to point B, no matter what the distance, takes about "20 minutes."  
In Maine,  you measure distance in hours.

In California, you know how to eat an artichoke.  

In Maine,  you eat ice cream with flavors like Moose Tracks and Maine Black Bear.

You never step foot in McDonald's.  'In N Out' is where you go.  
In Maine, you can make a meal out of a Jordan red-dye hot dog, a bag of Humpty Dumpty chips and a soda.

When in California, you keep in touch with your relatives that love you dearly
via email, texting, skype and cell phone.

In Maine,  you keep in touch with your relatives that love you dearly via email, texting, skype and cell phone.

So, my dear Z, do keep in touch. We wish you the best of luck, surfer boy.

Love from Maine......


annie'smom said...

I have to admit, I got a bit misty while reading this. Though he will be dearly missed by all, this is such an exciting chapter in Z's life. We all wish for him nothing but wonderful things and happiness! His potential is limitless!

Anonymous said...

good luck to Z on his new adventure!

Debbie said...

I was so excited reading this post! I left Maine when I was 18 years old and went to San Diego with my best friend from Portland for 3 years. It was eye opening for a Mainer but I truly loved it. It opened my eyes to the world....and it was the 70's!! What a time to be out West. Your nephew will never forget this experience....good luck Z and have a blast while your at it!!

Debbie said...

Oh for God sakes....I forgot to mention I loved all California/Maine comparisons. Those darned red dye hot dogs...what's up with that? It reminds me of Hawaii and their spam. Did you know they love it there? My mother was not a very good cook and we occasionally had spam fried. Wondering what it would taste like today, I purchased a can and fried it....oh my God was it ever....GROSS!!! I dumped the whole thing in the trash! Honestly always make me think of so many things from my past!

Unknown said...

Loved this post! Great comparisons!

Birdman said...

Geneva, OH, Elk City, OK, Albuquerque, NM then the push to CA. Safe passage my friend! UM

Balisha said...

My Grand daughter did the same thing just last year. She's back home now...Hope Z has a wonderful time. Balisha

Kathleen said...

I love the comparisons....and I bet that soda, with the red hot dog and HD chips, is a MOXIE!
Hugs, Kathleen

brattcat said...

Journey wisely, journey well.

LBJ said...

He's will be seeing & experincing the other side of the moon! What a great adventure for him. Good luck Z!

Lili said...

If anything, his heart will grow fonder for all things Maine, but maybe not until he's retirement age! Good luck and safe travels Z! ~Lili

Luz said...

Hemoso blog el suyo!

Deb Shucka said...

Fun comparisons to read. Wishing your nephew the grandest of adventures. The love you hold for him is bound to help keep him safe.

cam said...

Getting out of Maine and experiencing the world out there will be a huge adventure. The Road Less for those who are not afraid to venture into life's amazing mysteries! Way to go Z!

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JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh the excitement of such an adventure. We still miss our California and always will - he'll have sunshine and fun and oh so many new things to experience. Enjoy Z!