7 Clues I Never Fully Adapted To Orange County

While I have embraced the word “dude “{because dude just works}, complained about being “freezing” when the temperature was well above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and added a ”the” before mentioning an interstate, still I am not sure I ever fully adapted to Orange County lifestyle.

Here are seven clues:

1. I never took my dog to the mall.

2. I never said the word “gnarly” and meant it.

3. I never did more than dangle my toe in the Pacific. {Well, there was the one time I had a not so graceful dismount off of the SUP.}

4. I never got comfortable parking next to a Maserati, a Bentley, a Ferrari, or a Lotus.

5. I never could choose In-N-Out over Chick-Fil-A. They stand on opposite corners about six blocks from my office and every time I was in need of a fast food fix, Chick-Fil-A.

6. I never stopped fearing the big one {aka – the earthquake that sends California floating.}

7. I never became afraid of driving in the rain {but maybe I should have, I’m not the best driver.}

What are other weird Orange County/Southern California quirks? 

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club.

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  • KeeleyChorn

    Lol. I can confirm the driving part 🙂

    • lindseyrnobles

      I wish I could say it’s gotten better since high school. But no. 🙂

  • I had a similar experience in NorCal. 3 years and I was out. Oh, I never got used to paying nearly 3-grand in rent to live in a shack!

    • lindseyrnobles

      Yep. The cost of living is a little tough to swallow.

  • Angie

    well according to the stereotypes I’ve learned from the Housewives  you need a serious amount of plastic surgery.

    • lindseyrnobles

      Haha. You do see some of that. 

  • I hear ya 🙂 While I don’t live in SoCal, I do try to visit often. A quirk I noticed is that everyone officially pulls out all their “Fall-Winter” stuff in Sept/Oct (boots, scarves, the works) even though it’s still 75 degrees. 

    In Chicagoland, we stick with shorts and flip flops until it’s at least 50. (A full 4-6 weeks of summer is hard to let go… ;))

    • lindseyrnobles

      Oh yes! You have to dress in seasons. Otherwise there would be no good excuse to buy new clothes 🙂

  • How about driving for an hour, and thinking it is nothing?

  • Hilarious. After 2 years in SD I do complain about it being freezing when it’s below 60… I always pick Chick-fil-a over In-and-Out…I complain about how cold the water is regularly, using that as my excuse for not wanting to go surfing… and I don’t understand why my friends cancel on our plans just because it’s “raining” (aka drizzling or the roads are just a bit wet). Thankfully in SD there are way less fancy cars and fake boobs. So that helps.