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An Alaskan in California, an Essay

Updated on September 16, 2013

Culture Shock

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 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!


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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Dear one, I am so relieved to know Athena is with you. She would have been lost without you. Living with someone is so difficult under any circumstances. Give it time and remain in love and it will all work out. I will drink a glass of wine tonight in your honor.

      We are doing great, lots of changes are in the works. I heard from the Lord to sell the house so I have started that process.

      Email me or call if you need to talk or anything. I love yaz too.

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      Lillian K. Staats 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Ah, Hy! From the frying pan into the fire, as it were! I vow to speak no unkind words of Adiz, but she has complete power over me, and that is not good.

      Athena's with me, but she remains outside the house, Cali, because I had no where else to go, Adiz was kind enough to let me come, with no money, like the homeless person that I am. I 'm going to stay on the bus, when I get out of this library, just so I don't have to go home.

      I haven't smoked a cigarette today, and I've only had one glass of wine in 2 weeks, which is pretty good, yes? I'm exercising with doggie at night, and love the weather. I've filled out w2's for 2 places, but no job, five interviews, no job. I hope you are well, your grandson, and all things pertaining to hy. Love yaz dearly.. lily

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Talk about culture shock! Have you found a place and are you settles now? Where is Athena? And why California?! Email me or even better, call me! Love you girl, Hy.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      That's great lily, no more darn snow! lol!

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      Lillian K. Staats 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Hey Nell, Suzie! Thank you for your kind words! Trying my hand at everything all at once. Saw a hummingbird pair.this morning, and some pigeons just now... also a praying mantis last night....Love yaz

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      suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

      New beginnings can be exciting. Keep us posted. Wish you well!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi lily, thats wonderful! You have moved there for good? that must be amazing, I am so darn pleased for you. I hadn't heard from you for ages, so thought I would come and take a look, so glad you are happy now! A great big hug from across the pond coming your way! lol!

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      lilyfly 4 years ago

      Hello you 2... thank you for stopping by... not getting notices ofpeople's work, so clue me in if you get a chance... much love, lily

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Lily, wishing you great success in the Golden State!

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      Clark Cook 4 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Hey--I'm here...... Where the hell is Santa clarita??

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      Lillian K. Staats 4 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska