You realize California actually does have weather!
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Global warming is real. But NorCal has you second guessing this because you've never been this cold. You can't remember the last time you saw rain in this drought, and now you can't remember the last time you felt the sun.
You realize how huge California really is.
Six hours of non-stop driving and somehow you've only managed to travel a third of California's terrain. Making that move to NorCal really pops that SoCal bubble, revealing a slew of opportunities you haven't been taking advantage of. What have you been doing this whole time?
Your lungs improve and you can suddenly breathe again.
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You can finally take off your gas mask because the thick layer of toxic oil in the sky is now gone. You can finally step outside without taking in that smoggy air filled with remnants of the last Avian Bird Flu. It is a glorious, refreshing experience.
You struggle to find a decent burrito.
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You learn what public transportation is.
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You lose your sun-kissed skin.
gif: The O.C.
You are pale, pasty white. Your perma-tan is no more. It's no longer viable or sustainable to wear shorts and tank tops out for everyday activities. Suddenly, you lose all signs of vitamin D and vitality, succumbing to a ghost-like image of your former, sun-loving self.
Everyone assumes you're from LA.
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And maybe you are! Though it seems like anyone who lives even remotely near Los Angeles will stretch the truth to claim representation, SoCal has a lot more to offer than that one nightmare of a city. SoCal even has some of the best beach towns the country has to offer.
You meet people who don't work in entertainment.
It's difficult to find anyone who isn't "working on a script" or jumping from PA job to PA job. But once you travel north, you meet people who aren't auditioning for Big Brother for once. It's refreshing until you realize that everyone just works in tech instead, and conversations begin to repeat themselves all the same.