Southern California June 09, 2017
11 Awkward Moments Every Southern Californian Has Endured At Least Once
We’ve all had our fair share of awkward moments. It’s just part of life. But here in SoCal, we can all relate to a select few moments that are pretty much universal when it comes to being a true Southern Californian. Do any of these sound familiar? I can own up to at least three of these things. How about you?
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1. Obsessing over housing prices.
Whether renting or buying, we can't stop talking about how expensive housing is in Southern California. To make matters worse, whenever we find out how much someone from out of town is paying for rent in another state, we can't help but complain about how out of control the housing market is here.
2. Traveling to a place with snow and realizing you have no idea how to attach snow chains.
That's what we get for being totally spoiled by beautiful weather year-round here. It's not our fault that we haven't had the opportunity to practice that skill very often.
3. Taking someone on a waterfall hike only to realize the waterfall is more of a trickle.
As much as we love SoCal, it's a fact that the waterfalls here are not nearly as impressive as the ones in other parts of the country...especially in the summer when there's very little rainfall.
4. Having to defend our devotion to In 'N Out.
In 'N Out is a SoCal institution. Anyone who lives here can't quite resist those delicious burgers and fresh hand cut fries. If anyone ever questions our obsession with this burger joint, we can get a little defensive about our favorite burgers on the planet.
5. Wearing a jacket outside when no one else seems to be cold.
It's not like we're wimps here in Southern California, but we are definitely more sensitive to chilly temperatures than our friends and family from other parts of the country. When the temps drop down below 70 degrees, we can't help but feel a little chilly.
6. Parking downtown and ending up with a ticket.
Trying to find parking is never fun, but trying to park in any downtown area in SoCal is absolutely maddening. No matter how thorough one may be, it seems like there's always some "catch" when it comes to parking downtown that leads to a parking ticket.
7. Wearing sunglasses even when it's not sunny outside.
No, we're not trying to look like movie stars. We're just so used to the sun being out that we always wear our sunglasses. It may look like we're being pretentious, but wearing sunglasses is just out of habit.
8. Talking about the Santa Ana winds as if everyone knows what we're referencing.
The Santa Ana winds are part of our vocabulary here in Southern Californian. But not everyone, including out of towners, knows what we're talking about. Sometimes we'll get that blank stare that tells us we need to explain what we're talking about.
9. Assuming that everyone enjoys the same foods that most Southern Californians know and love.
If you've lived in SoCal long enough, you've probably become accustomed to seeing things like avocados, fish tacos, and sushi on the menu. It's easy to forget that out-of-towners may not be as comfortable or familiar with those items of food that seem second nature to us.
10. Bizarre tan lines.
Wearing our sandals at the beach on a hot SoCal day and ending up with a pretty bizarre tan for a few months. I guess that will teach us to slather on even more sunscreen every time we step outdoors.
11. Asking for directions and being told how long it will take to get there instead of how many miles.
Here in Southern California, we have no idea how many miles it is from point A to point B, but we definitely can tell you how many minutes it takes to get there. We're so used to traffic clogging up the roads that we all know we can't rely on the distance of a place to indicate how long it will take to get there. The amount of traffic is what dictates it.
Do any of these things sound familiar? If there are other things you’d add to this list, go ahead and post them to the comments. We’d love to know all about your awkward SoCal moments.