How to Not Die and be Successful in California

  • Expect everyone at a 4 way stop to think they were there before you...even if they weren't. Rolling stops are the norm.
  • Manners go a long way. The lady at Home Depot automatically assumed I was affiliated with military because of my positive attitude and patience while she asked for help to get my purchase correct. 
  • There is no AC so windows are always open. Be mindful of your conversations (especially when you're creeping) and enjoy the free laugh at the hilarious things your neighbors say. 
  • Stores don't use plastic bags and you have to buy paper bags if you want/need one. Keep a foldable one in your purse for convenience. 
  • Gas prices are astronomical. Walk.
  • Pigeons and crows don't give a care. They won't move even if threatened by death. They will, however, swoop in and take your chow. 
  • Deer are friends, not food. They are commonly seen walking down the road like a grown, independent woman and graze in yards like they were born to do so. I've seen two fawns on multiple occasions and I love watching them! 
  • Waiters barely card for drinks. Dang liberals.
  • Sales tax is also astronomical. Steal. (Kidding of course.)
  • The free section on Craigslist is not nearly as well-rounded as Charlotte's. Come on, guys. Get it together.