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. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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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.