As I ready to move to Austin from Oakland Ive dedicated 5 posts to recounting the Top 5 Reasons I’ve LOVED My Time in Oakland.
I almost closed comments as all I really ask is you spend time—no matter how long—sharing & carrying these feelings alongside me.
people rave about the Bay Area weather. I was freezing.
The #3 reason *MOST* people love Oakland California is the weather.
Ill never forget (she types as thought it weren’t just 18 months ago) as we readied to move from Texas to California how people regaled me with how fortunate I was.
“You will love the weather! It’s perfect!” was a pretty consistent refrain.
“Nah, it’s not for me. I prefer the heat. I don’t love the hot hot days but I treasure the warm mornings and evenings.”
Repeatedly people would correct me.
At first gently and then semi-mockingly telling me I was “nuts” for thinking I’d not love the Northern California weather.
Often times these individuals would summon others (Hey Bob! Come over here! This is my friend, Carla. She’s moving to the Bay Area and thinks she wont like the weather!) as a sort of back-up (?) to their assertion I was crazypants.
she was ready to use her ‘brella for rain and not sun!
Fast forward to our move.
Fast forward to the fact I was frickin’ freezing (I came here after 12 years in Texas. I didn’t own the proper cold, damp weather apparel).
Fast even more forward to the fact I sweat like a
motherfucker sweater (the fact no homes/restaurants/stores/ANYWHERE have air-conditioning did not mean it wasn’t needed. They just didn’t have.).
I wimpy. I bundled. I was mocked.
The child, however, love the Bay Area cooler temps.
She played outside in the summer (as opposed to hiding indoors and emerging come winter).
shadows? yes. sweatingmeltingtemps? no.
She was able to debut myriad new fashion concoctions and styles without needing to fret about overheating.
And *loved* her new-found freedom with scarves and knee-socks.
Because of the Child’s love (& because so many do not share my *love* of the warm mornings/evenings) I’ve chosen to bestow upon the Sunny Side of the Bay a Your Weather Rocks!! and name that the #3 Reason why most NORMAL people would be sad to leave.