As you know, I grew up on in Southern California, specifically in Orange County. I went to college and lived in Los Angeles for a few years before moving to the east coast. Now I live in New York City. Of course, there is a vast difference between the two coasts, and I am asked all which one I like better. And now I’m going to articulate why I like the east coast better.
- At holiday party, a New Yorker says “I got your email on your beautiful Winter Collection and congrats an having another shirt on Ugly Betty. ” A Southern Californian says “You look beautiful! That dress makes you look thin and I love your hair color.”
- A SoCal’er comments on my bag. A New Yorker comments on my book in my bag.
- When a New Yorker asks you “what do you do?” they’re asking about your career. When an Angeleno asks, they’re talking about your hobbies or sporting activities.
- When I wake up in NY, I’m worried about my “to do list.” When I wake up in California, I’m worried about my weight.
- In New York, I hop on a subway to the MOMA for inspiration. In LA, I think about going to the Gettty… and then I think about the four hours I would spend in 405 traffic for a mediocre museum at best and just stay home.
- New York has the Strand: 13 miles of books, and hand-me-downs from every great museum in the City. In LA there’s always Amazon…
- Three words: New York Pizza. Plus pretty much any take out you want, any time.
And here’s where my argument breaks down: while I love that you can get any food anytime in NY, the produce SUCKS. It’s like water. Not to mention that my complexion is bad from all the grime in the air, and my mocha skin turns eggshell white during the Winter.
OK, so there are two sides to every debate, but the bottom line is that I’m writing this post because I’m in California right now, bored off my a**. Wouldn’t be the case in New York.