An Alaskan in California, an Essay
Hi folks. Here I am, Lily from Wasilla, Alaska, landed in Santa Clarita Valley, Cali. That's how they say California here.
Lots of sad stuff happened in Alaska, and it's a long tale, but it's over now, and my house is being demolished as we speak. No, it was not condemned or anything, it was just in the way of "progress.".
Anyway, I landed in Long Beach airport to a new, hot, dry world that is utterly astounding! Let me comment on the birds first. This morning, I saw a massive owl flying soundlessly, a big, gray brindle affair, busy about something, not noticing me at all. Two days ago, my friend Adiz and Sammy and I were looking at 700,000 dollar houses, just for giggles. Anyhoo, there was a massive Raven on top of the house I liked. We, (the Raven and me) talked for awhile...apparently those kinds of things are frowned upon here. Hey, one of my homies shows up from Alaska, we've got to catch up, right? We even saw a bald eagle that day, and the pigeons of Santa Monica are brilliant flocks that ebb and flow by the boardwalk. I've even started a love affair with a parrot called Goldie. This Fella has a bunch of Parrots- red, green, hyacinth, by the Santa Monica Pier, and people donate to his bucket to have pictures taken of them with his parrots. I walked up to Goldie, He climbed on my hand, kissed me, and I lost my heart.
The plants, OMG! There are roses, tuberose, hydrangea ,orange trees, lemon trees, avocado trees, peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, peach trees, I feel like I've landed in a man made Eden, if such a thing exists. Roses here have scent, unlike the expensive bundles we buy in Alaska.
The human culture is very different. When I saw the sign "designer garage sale", I knew something was up. As with anyplace, there are polite and rude people. The rude folk are not saying anything, they are just calculating what you are wearing, what you are driving, whether or not you have a manicure and pedicure, ( I do not), and whether you are able to spend thousands on skin care. Cali can be very superficial. Even church can be that way. Pastor Ming wears a soul patch! It's O.K.to wear hot pants and low cut blouses in church, but don't you dare be UNFASHIONABLE!
Well, folks,I have to sign off for now, and get a job! I know I sound like a teenager, but I've always loved the sun, and traveling, the water the flowers, the heat....and I'm the luckiest person alive to have a dear friend in Adiz, and good friends here on Hubpages, who care about me too!
Wish me luck!