If you would have asked me 10 years ago, where my ideal locale would be….I would have said L.A. or Die. As I have grown, experienced real life, and have become the mother of a girl- I have realized that L.A. is not where I want to be.
Most people really don’t understand why I love the Pacific Northwest so much; it rains a lot, there’s hardly any sun, it’s kind of cold, it’s boring..yada yada yada. However, until you live there, and experience it yourself….You don’t know JACK and….(read photo)
Yup. You’re not hip. Why do I love this place so much you ask? Well, here’s a list of why I *heart* The Evergreen State (and the PNW in general):
- Clean air- the constant rain, and the beautiful foliage keep the air so crisp, clear and clean that you can smell the dirt, the rotting leaves, and if you’re lucky and live in ‘The City of Destiny” –then you get the stinky aroma of Tacoma…which is about once a month, but compared to the contaminated L.A. air…I’d take it any day.
- Diversity- Yes, I understand Los Angeles is very diverse…but it’s also very segregated. One of the beauties of the northwest is everyone lives amongst each other. There aren’t Hispanics here, Blacks there, and Whites way over there. True, there are areas where there is a high concentration of people of a certain race, but it’s nothing like L.A. where you get pulled over because you don’t ‘look’ like anyone from that neighborhood…and no one is clutching their purse because you aren’t their neighbor. I don’t want to really get into race relations, but I will tell you that I’ve had less upsetting experiences in my 6 years living in Washington, than I have in 1.5 years of being back in L.A. Please, don’t take this as me saying there is no racism- it’s everywhere…but L.A. might as well be Kentucky, a more metropolitan Kentucky, where people smile at you, give you compliments and call you a Nigger behind your back.
- The schools are better: Washington ranks higher than California in student performance, and my daughter’s old school district was 100 percent better than where she is now. I went from being able to check the classroom website so see what my child was working on, the teacher and I had open communication via email, and the district kept parents well-informed via twitter, Facebook, etc. This new district doesn’t even send home a fucking lunch menu.
- The quality of life is better- I didn’t have a high paying job, but at least I was able to rent a decent house that was close to work, and I could afford to pay my bills, eat and actually go on little adventures with my daughter. If you think you’re going to find a decent place to rent in L.A. with a wage of $15 an hour….you better think again. You might be able to afford to rent a room.
- I lived 15 minutes away from a state park where I could camp.
- I lived 10 minutes away from one of the biggest city parks in the U.S. next to Central Park. Which also had a zoo & aquarium, trails, a beach w/ kayak rentals
- Because according to Forbes & Gallup Well-being index, Washington is the 8th best state to live in. Oregon, Idaho and Alaska were in the teens.
I wish I could sit here and go on and on about how much I love living in a cold, wet place with awesome food, treehouse hotels, and an endless amount of hippies….but I must get back to my dreadful homework so that I don’t fail this class *sigh*
A Northwest Girl at heart