Sherra and I have made some great friendships so far since being in Maryland, and I know these friendships will be for a lifetime, but I say that to say this, there is no place like home. As cheesy and cliché as it sounds, it is so true. I miss the smell of my parent’s house, the surreal peacefulness that comes from just walking outside on my parent’s patio. I miss the amazing naps on my grandmother’s couch on a Sunday afternoon. I miss the nieces and nephews. I miss the laughter from friends, and the great conversations from people you have known your whole life. I miss the love that my friends give, even though they know my baggage. Oh my gosh I miss the FOOD!!! Yep, I even miss the pooper mill. If you have never moved away trust me, there is NO place like home.
2) I REALLY LOVE THIS CITY!!!!
Let's be real here people. This city is amazing!!! I mean my family is not just living in the hub of the good ole US of A, but the entire world. Foreign diplomacy is a way of life in this city. I went to downtown DC Tuesday night and it was the coolest thing ever. I got to walk through Chinatown and I felt like Kurt Russell in Big Trouble Little China.
I mean there is everything here: sports (Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, Nationals, DC United) tourism (Smithsonian, Monuments, Battlefields) recreation (biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding) and even more. There is never a boring weekend if you don't want it to be. Just going for a walk can be breath taking. Note to friends and family....MOVE HERE!!
3) The people here are not that rude....
All we heard from everyone in the south is that NE people are so rude. Right, they are at times, but so are people in the south. I mean have you ever been to the Customer Service line at the West Monroe Wal-Mart or the Burger King at the end of Thomas Rd. WOW!!! Most of the people I have encountered have been nice and at times down right southern acting. I mean don't get me wrong I have almost had a come to Jesus meeting with a 5 foot Spanish speaking gentleman at the Safeway, but other than that it's been great. I just think rude people are everywhere, and some places just may have more than others.
4) Louisiana REALLY does have the worst weather
The weather has been amazing. Now I know we moved in the dead of winter, but at least it has been very consistent. I mean it's winter it should be COLD, and trust me it is sooooo stinking cold here…..really cold. But at least it STAYS cold. With it staying cold at least your body has a chance to adjust. Honestly, the worst part of the cold weather is that it takes us twice as long to get the kids ready to go somewhere.
In LA on the other hand, it maybe 80 one afternoon and that night be in the 20's. That is nuts people!! We have NO seasons but summer. The people here keep telling me that it gets really hot and humid here in the summer. I just laugh at them when they say that, Humid...hahahahaha (see I did it again). I tell them all the time, just go to LA.....oh around mid July.....and then you will see hot and humid. They have no idea.
5) I don't speak your language
Funny story: My family and I went and got Wendy's a few nights back, and the guy handing out food was not originally from our country. He comes to the US, doesn't speak our language that great...hmmm...not great is an understatement...more like not at all. I could get on a soap box here for a while, but I won't. The only thing I say to that is if you are coming to America...great movie btw
....and you barely speak our language, please don't go into CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!! Please. Okay, so anyway this guy hands me our food. He smiles and nods and then proceeds to try and get out an English sentence, but it come out like this, "sadfjasdio sdfihs n[kdbjiwe[i vnmdbnvjdnv." Yep I had NO clue what he said. I look at Sherra and she just laughs and said, "I think he tried to say have a nice day." So i begin pulling out...twss...and he begins screaming at me, NUGGETS...NUGGETS...twss...I slammed on my brakes, roll my window down, turn back, and he is hanging out of the window saying "sdlka ih fuw890q[dfjk dsdfs[wsr." Again, I have NO clue what he is saying. Sherra some how picks something out of his very poor attempt at our language, and she says, "John your nuggets are not in the bag....twss." Well now I am blocking the exit and I am missing my nuggets....twss. I have to pull forward and park the car. Get out of the car walk inside...totally defeating purpose of the DRIVE THRU process to get my food. I hear this guy in the back saying Sweet and Sour...Sweet and Sour. I just shook my head at the lady handing me my food and she just smiled.
6) twss = that's what she said
7) Townhomes stink
Not literally unless Ivey just pooped, but it stinks having to go up stairs. We have 4 stories in our townhome and I struggle going from basement to top floor without having stop and take a break. It is so funny because Ivey will go up a couple flights of stairs and he will stop, bend over, and say "whew". He has picked that up from me and Sherra doing that after we go up the stairs. hahahaha
8) I'm officially out of shape
See above paragraph and pic below. I look tired and its because it's hard work building Frosty!!
9) My job is amazing
To be able to do what you are called to do is pure joy. It feels so amazing not to dread going to bed at night because you have to go into work the next morning. If you’re not doing what you love...get to it. Whatever you need to get there, do it: Get in school, get a loan for your own business, whatever...just step out there. You'll be glad you did!!
10) I want some Johnny's NOW!!!
We have found 1 place here that makes good pizza, but man I could for real tear up a Sweep the Kitchen from Johnny's!! Man, I love that place.
11) No Chinese Buffets here!!
What?!!??!?!?! I know right....I haven't found one that serves buffet all the time. This is just a crime and they don't even know it. Maybe I should open one??? hmmm.....nah.
I know I said 10 things I've learned, but I thought if you read this you should get a bonus!
Anyway that is what I have learned living in the DC area the last 2 months.....Peace, I'm outty 5000