Los Angeles was my home for over ten years.
Now my home is where I spent the first 21 years of my life.
The differences between the two cities are immense. The city of Los Angeles has well over 3.8 million people living within its domain. The county I’m living in now has about 450,000. The town I’m in? About 15,000.
But this isn’t a lesson on demographics, it’s a lesson on how to adjust, and I don’t have the answers yet. Instead, all I have are questions: How come there aren’t any store employees checking my receipt as I exit Home Depot? Why are cars stopping to let me walk across the street? Where will I get my milk tea fix? Will I lose my edge, my street smarts?
Okay, I have to confess, I never really did have street smarts. Maybe I’ve always been small town all along.