Apr. 29th, 2013

I left Texas in 1991. I moved to San Mateo, California two years after the Loma Prieta earthquake and about 3 weeks before the Berkeley/Oakland Hills firestorm, which I watched from my hilltop apartment in Belmont--across the bay.

Granted in 1991 I was 30 years old and during my 20 years in California I grew and evolved into the person I am now. There are things I do now that I just didn't know or think about in 1991, and there are things I thought I'd never do in Texas--like eat sushi, when I'm not on the coast.

In no particular order.

1. Eat sushi from an upscale market 2-3 times a week

2. Buy organic from my local grocery co-op

3. Grow my hair out instead of trying to shave myself bald every time summer hits

4. Work in a large company with co-workers from everywhere BUT Texas

5. Know more than 2 people, who are not related to me, who live everywhere BUT Texas

6. Often say "oh this traffic is NOTHING compared to..."

7. Fight to swing Texas back from Red to Blue

8. buy back into the 'sports' mentality. (The exception being Baseball, I've always loved Baseball and I've been a Yankees and an A's fan since the 70s.)

9. Hunt desperately for a decent daily newspaper in this gigantic place. Truly, as much as I despise Houston the city, the Houston Chronicle gets my vote. The Austin Statesman isn't fit to line bird cages.

10. Have a regular ayurvedic masseuse

11. FORMULA ONE RACING!

12. Take a deep breath, look around and smile, saying to myself "yup...this is home."

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