Day-after flashback… or who’da thunk it?

Nov 7, 2012 | 0 comments

When I moved north to the Evergreen State from California, I took a bit of flack based on the perception that “California Girls” were a bit different from the healthy outdoorsy Northwest Girls who lived here.  Different how was never made explicit but the implication was that if you came from the Golden State you were a little more liberal, a little more worldly, a little racier than the usual wholesome girl-next-door.

Never mind that I was a grown woman in my forties.  The perceived California Girl aura clung to me for at least another decade – until people began to associate me with here rather than there.  It was irritating and I became rather sensitive to all the bad-mouthing that California took.  It seemed that no matter what, the ills of Washington were blamed on those scabrous Californians.  They were blamed for everything from lowering the innate moral fiber of the state to driving up real estate prices.

So, it was with some interest that I watched the election returns last night, especially with regard to Initiative 502 which will legalize the sale of marijuana in Washington.  Somehow, it seemed ironic to me that it was even on the ballot, much less that it seemed to be passing by a healthy (ahem!) margin.

I can’t help but wonder if I will now assume another identity –perhaps “one of those Washington Women” – when I visit old California haunts.  And just what is a nanogram anyway?


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