Cali Oddities

October 27th, 2008
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I'm baaaaack! Was good kine fun seeing my buddy Tommy get hitched to a wonderful girl in Margaret. Had a great time in Santa Clara and San Fran, but now it's back to reality. *sigh*

Here are a few oddities (differences), I've noticed when traveling to Cali (or mainland for that matter). Now that I've finally got a place to write/vent about it, I am! :P

  • The water sucks for drinking - Tastes like a pool (chlorine).
  • The water sucks for showering - Buggah stay hahd. Always feels like I'm slimy.
  • The 'do gets flat - When I took off my hat (go Phillies!), the hair looked like someone ironed it to my head. (And you no can fluff um up!)  Haha!
  • My lips get dry - Chap Stick is a savoir!
  • Who does #2 work for? - kinda gross subjeck (sorry!), but I find that I gotta go #2 like CHOKE times! Ha-cum?

Talk to me!
* Add your oddities (or, what you like or dislike about the mainland) to da list below man!

P.S. Root my Phills luck in this afternoon's game puhlease! :) (FOX - Digital Channel 0003 or HD FOX - Channel 1003 @ 2PM)

23 Responses to “Cali Oddities”

  1. uncle jimmy:

    Ed:

    You forgot to mention da shock of pulleen' on da freeway an' people whizzeen' by at 80 mph who don't signal when dey change lanes and dey like die an' take you wit'..

    See, Ed, all dat physical abuse from da air an' watah is simply one wakeup call to prep you fo' dealeen' wit' da people and da lifestyle..

    Try liveen' deah 20 yeahs, bruddah, you get inured to it, but you nevah get used to it..

    Try check out my response to fave vaca dests #2.. das why NYC is such a surprise.. get soft watah dat tase good straight out of da tap.. who knew? Plenny concrete, brah, but da air stay moist an' yo' haih-do no fly off da handle from da static..

    You know how you back home? even before you like leave da airpawt, someone waves you in..

    uj


  2. Chicken Grease:

    Hey Ed.

    Yeah, gotta agree with the whole Cali oddities thing. That is simply one place that I cannot see me living. I've been there a lot and . . . it's a nice place to visit. There's just too many people, too many buildings, too many things in one place. You gotta drive hours to do what takes 1/2 hour total for most of us to accomplish here on the island. Cali's really . . . I dunno . . . there's a certain dire about that town. I can't even think of one TV show or movie that takes place in Cali that doesn't involve guns or some sort of tragedy. Watch "The Shield" and "Boyz-n-the-Hood." That's all I'll say. And I got friends living in Cali.

    It's really great living here in Hawai'i.


  3. tita leerz:

    Buddy Tommy? Same Tommy I know? Wow, if so, congrats to you if you reading this blog Tommy!

    Oddities: The temperature is never really just right..for me anyway. I'm always either too cold or too hot. Those temp changes mess with my head! But I would love to see the trees change colors!

    You gotta #2 a lot cause it's in the water! LOL! Or maybe cause the only place you can get a decent plate of rice is at an L&L and your stomach is just rejecting everything else!


  4. rayboyjr:

    When you've got the best water in the world right here in Hawaii, no matter where you go the water would suck!

    As for #2, I experience the exact opposite ... #2 stay skehd and always hiding ... no like come out ... ok, that's all I'll say about that.

    Anyway, I've only been to Cali and Vegas. The one thing I do remember is being in Vegas in July and it was like 110° (like an oven) but surprisingly did not sweat at all. I guess if you sweat it just evaporates immediately because of the heat.


  5. Coconut Willy:

    Not so much in NoCal but in SoCal, that hazy smoggy quality to the air. The locals always say "It'l burn off" So it finally clears about 2pm and stays nice for an hour. Wassap Wit Dat? as Brother Lance would say.


  6. M:

    No mo Aloha, people not friendly like ova here.


  7. zzzzzz:

    The 'slimy' feel is from soft water, not hard.

    The humidity is so much lower there, and that's why you have those issues with your hair and your lips. Vegas is real bad for that, especially summertime--it's already dry, but because it's so hot, you need AC, which also dries out the air more. Last time I went, not only my lips, but inside my nose got all dry and cracked and bleeding. I think if you live there, your body adjusts.


  8. dsosa:

    808 vs. golden state

    us . . . we say "some ono" (at least on the big i)
    them . . . they say "hella good"

    us . . . imu
    them . . . l&l "hawaiian" barbecue

    us . . . weddings - aloha attire
    them . . . suit / shirt and tie

    us . . . mufi's model train set
    them . . . BART

    us . . . swap meet
    them . . . end of the season sale

    on and on . . . but, both locales is ALL GOOD!

    send my aloha to momito . ..

    and leerz . . .your GA sends aloha too! (ha-ha, remember that?)


  9. dsosa:

    ed - how 'bout vic-to-ri-no . . . clap, clap . . . clap, clap, clap!


  10. tita leerz:

    thank you GA!


  11. hemajang:

    I agree except dat #5 on numbah 2 means you were eating strange stuffs dat your stomach said, "no ways brah, it going straight through, no stopping here."

    Lots of oddities about the mainland. Might as well be a foreign country. Everything different. Nice to visit but my butt stays put.


  12. Kel Sr.:

    Aloha Ed,

    In L.A., not only does the water suck, but the air sucks too! The air sucks too (smog)!

    I guess northern California is a little better (air wise). San Franciso was the better place to visit. Stockton, Lodi, etc. were okay, but crime is really up in those areas.

    Unless you can afford the soft water treatment equipment, the things you stated will remain (water has a funny taste, your body will always feel like you never rinsed off the soap).

    Be careful of the water and your hair. My brother who lived in California for many, many years came back practically bald!

    Have a wonderful Hawaiian Day!

    P.S. YOUR WEDDING DAY IS FAST APPROACHING, SO WHERE ARE YOU CONTEMPLATING TO GO FOR A HONEYMOON OR IS IT A SECRET?


  13. World Wide Ed:

    * uncle jimmy:
    You forgot to mention da shock of pulleen’ on da freeway an’ people whizzeen’ by at 80 mph who don’t signal when dey change lanes and dey like die an’ take you wit’..

    Ho, yeah, dey fly um ova dea, but I can hang with dem too uji. ;)

    * Chicken Grease:
    It’s really great living here in Hawai’i.

    Yup, yup Ceeg! You can't beat the lifestyle. I bet if they did a survey, they'd say that us peeps from Hawaii live much longer than our mainland counterparts. So mellow, so laid back, so much Aloha!

    * tita leerz:
    Buddy Tommy? Same Tommy I know? Wow, if so, congrats to you if you reading this blog Tommy!

    Yup yup! Dat's him leerz!

    * rayboyjr:
    As for #2, I experience the exact opposite … #2 stay skehd and always hiding … no like come out … ok, that’s all I’ll say about that.

    Haha, no skehd! Tell those guys just chance um rayboyjr! :P

    * Coconut Willy:
    Not so much in NoCal but in SoCal, that hazy smoggy quality to the air. The locals always say “It’l burn off” So it finally clears about 2pm and stays nice for an hour. Wassap Wit Dat? as Brother Lance would say.

    Yeah, it wasn't too bad where we were C Dubbs. We hit up the wharf and the GG bridge on such a clear day. I heard it was raining ova hea all weekend. I guess Hawaii missed its sunshine (ME!)? :P

    * M:
    No mo Aloha, people not friendly like ova here.

    True dat (sometimes) M! Gets worse as you go east. Yikes!

    * zzzzzz:
    Last time I went, not only my lips, but inside my nose got all dry and cracked and bleeding. I think if you live there, your body adjusts.

    Yeah, I noticed I got planny boogers aftah. LOL! But yeah, my body usually does adjust if I stay up dea long time. This one was a quickie though...

    * dsosa:
    808 vs. golden state

    us . . . we say “some ono” (at least on the big i)
    them . . . they say “hella good”

    That word "hella" makes me crack up everytime I hear it. So mainland yeah? I use that sometimes to make fun. Hehe!

    * dsosa:
    ed - how ’bout vic-to-ri-no . . . clap, clap . . . clap, clap, clap!

    Gooooooooooooooooooooo Phillies!

    * tita leerz:
    thank you GA!

    You talkin' barangay or wot? :P

    * hemajang:
    I agree except dat #5 on numbah 2 means you were eating strange stuffs dat your stomach said, “no ways brah, it going straight through, no stopping here.”

    Haha, maybe hemmaz, but was weird cause it was from da beginning (when I landed) til da end. Non-stop. Haha!

    * Kel Sr.:
    Be careful of the water and your hair. My brother who lived in California for many, many years came back practically bald!

    P.S. YOUR WEDDING DAY IS FAST APPROACHING, SO WHERE ARE YOU CONTEMPLATING TO GO FOR A HONEYMOON OR IS IT A SECRET?

    Haha! Yikes! No more washing my hair in the mainland Kel Sr.! LOL! Nah! Maybe the diet up there too? They use/eat choke kine butter and oil. No secret for Honeymoon. Going back to the motherland... Japan... for two weeks.


  14. R-Dizzle:

    I really don't know what California you guys are talking about! Have you guys/gals been to Southern Cal and the beach cities? Nice weather, spacious, cheap eats, cheaper rent, Pacific Coast Highway strings all the beaches (Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Huntington, Newport, Laguna, and San Diego). After graduating next spring, I'm thinking of moving there. Awesome places I tell you - go and visit.


  15. uncle jimmy:

    Ed, by the way, speakin' Whirl Seriez..

    Did you notice dat Bruddah Shane is da spock-plug in Phillies dugout..

    Even when dey catch him on mike sayeen' somet'ing about da uddah team, it's always somet'ing positive..

    pulleen' up Furcal aftah da t'ree errahs..

    admireen' Manny Ram's ability to fine da grass spots..

    hope Phils keep SV for 10 yeahs 'til all da bruddahs stay Philly Phans..

    Go Phillip, Beat Raymond!!!

    aloha, uj


  16. Scott:

    Honolulu is made up entirely of concrete from Pearl City to Hawaii Kai and you're saying Cali is too much conrete? I've lived my life in both places, wouldn't go back to SoCal if you paid me, but Northern Cal is quite nice, 4 seasons, plus you don't have to work 2-3 jobs or live with parents to get ahead.


  17. frankie:

    Hahaha! I love the bay area. Actually, I would prefer to live there (if not for family here in Hawaii). The "ainokea" attitude in Hawaii has really taken root in a negative way since I've been away.


  18. dsosa:

    good point frankie . . . gotta bring back the true aloha.


  19. World Wide Ed:

    * R-Dizzle:
    I really don’t know what California you guys are talking about! Have you guys/gals been to Southern Cal and the beach cities? Nice weather, spacious, cheap eats, cheaper rent, Pacific Coast Highway strings all the beaches (Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Huntington, Newport, Laguna, and San Diego). After graduating next spring, I’m thinking of moving there. Awesome places I tell you - go and visit.

    True dat R-Dizzle! I like it down there as well. Different taste of Cali. Good luck when you move, and congrats on the coming graduation!

    * uncle jimmy:
    Ed, by the way, speakin’ Whirl Seriez..

    Did you notice dat Bruddah Shane is da spock-plug in Phillies dugout..

    Yeah, I think the TV peeps know that too, cause they always mic him for the games now. I love his energy. That's what initially lured me to our Phils uji. All of them hustle. That's the way I like to play. I hate lazy players. No Mannys or Barrys on this team. Dey bettah win!!!

    * Scott:
    I’ve lived my life in both places, wouldn’t go back to SoCal if you paid me, but Northern Cal is quite nice, 4 seasons, plus you don’t have to work 2-3 jobs or live with parents to get ahead.

    I personally like both Scotty2Hotty, but, just to visit. Hawaii is my home.

    * frankie:
    Hahaha! I love the bay area. Actually, I would prefer to live there (if not for family here in Hawaii). The “ainokea” attitude in Hawaii has really taken root in a negative way since I’ve been away.

    Ainokea.

    Hehe. :P

    * dsosa:
    good point frankie . . . gotta bring back the true aloha.

    Maybe it depends where you go. I still feel it way more here den anywhere else.


  20. Innate:

    I have LIVED in Japan, Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Hawaii so I feel like I have a little bit of credibility when I talk about this subject. Each place is different with its own culture and way of doing things. I dont know what exactly "mainland" is supposed to mean but it sounds like you guys have been to L.A. and Vegas and think you know what the other 300 million people in the United States act like. Get out and travel a little, experience what it is like to actually live somewhere and not just vacation in Vegas and stay downtown with all the other people from Hawaii. Honestly, this kind of stuff just makes us look ignorant... do you really think that Miami is anything like NYC is anything like Seattle is anything like Dallas. And those are just a few of the cities, dont even get me started... How can you just label all of that as "mainland" and make all these assumptions about it. Having been here for 7 years there are a few things that I am tired of hearing that I would like to address:

    The people are not nicer in Hawaii, there is a mix like everywhere else. There are alot of really nice people and some jerks but when you live your whole life here and have a certain way of acting... then of course you think the people who act the way you do are nicer because you understand it. I knew everyone on my block in VA, we had BBQ's and played street hockey and basketball all the time and the whole neighborhood would come out and talk and relax on the porch. I never see that out here, but I dont just assume that the people arent as friendly for some reason. That is just ignorant.

    People dont care about their family here more in Hawaii than in other places. Just because I moved out when I was 18 rather than living in my parents basement until I am 40 does not mean I dont care about my family. It is just a different culture, I talk to my parents every week and visit every chance I get.

    Hawaii is not the only place with diversity. White people may all be labeled as "haoles" out here but in most of the cities I lived there are Itallian, German, Portuguese, English, Polish, Jewish, Scottish etc... as well as Mexican, Filipino, Korean, African American, and Puerto Rican. The islands have just decided that for some reasons asians arent just asians, they are Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese ect... but haoles are just haoles and are all lumped into one group unless maybe you are local portuguese. I dont really care, they are all just stupid labels but if I have to see one more Hawaiian Airlines commercial about how unique and diverse Hawaii is I am gonna lose it.

    Hawaii does not have better drivers! I choose to understand the rules of driving and I assume the people around me do also... If I come to a all-way stop the first person to get there goes first. I dont need aunty to stick her hand out the window and waive at me for me to know that it is my turn to go. If I am going to stop on the side of the road I put on my flashers, I dont just drift over there and slowly come to a stop while traffic backs up behind me. Drive Aloha should not mean that you can drive like a complete idiot but then flash a shaka out the window and it is OK.

    Now I will admit that Hawaii has the most beautiful women, beaches, and weather of anyplace I have ever seen. And the tap water is really good. But seriously people, dont talk stink about places you have never been and people you have never met... it makes you sound ignorant. And please quit saying "In the mainland..." because that makes you sound even more ignorant. The "mainland" as a whole is far more diverse than Hawaii will ever be and to talk about it like it is all the same makes no sense at all.


  21. World Wide Ed:

    * Innate:
    [snip]

    Aloha Innate. Not sure if this was directed at me or at the commenters, but I wanted to reply so you know I'm still here (It's a pretty dated post so I'm not sure if anyone else is reading this). I've traveled well beyond Cali and Vegas, but I don't need to get into that. I'm not sure what the issue is for you with using the term "mainland", in this context. For those of us who were born and raised here in Hawaii, the term "mainland" is loosely used to describe the mainland USA, or the continental USA. We are not generalizing everyone who lives there, it's just a way to refer to the continental USA outside of Hawaii. Just like someone from Montana or Texas or Maine... when they say, "the Hawaiian islands," they are referring to Hawaii. I don't take offense to that. Feel free to email me direct for a more personal response. Thanks!


  22. Innate:

    My bad Ed,

    I had just gotten into an argument with a coworker about all of the things he thought he knew about "the mainland" and happened to stumble across your article... then started to rant. haha

    My wife is local, born and raised. I have been here 7 years, and I hear over and over again people saying "In the mainland... people do this" then I ask them if they have ever left the islands and they say "yes, Ive been to vegas 12 times." I guess I get frustrated because having lived all over the place I dont see the continental united states as being in any way homogeneous but it is talked about most times in Hawaii as if it is (at least in my experience). We will probably disagree about whether the tendency in Hawaii is to generalize all people from the "mainland" as acting the same... but I will concede that people outside of the islands make a lot of assumptions about the locals here as well so I guess its a 2 way street. I just have never lived anywhere else where people cared so much where you are from and made so many assumptions based on it so I feel like I have to defend the rest of the world sometimes.

    I can understand talking about water quality, speed limits, and weather because those are easily quantifiable things but when people start comparing culture that is when I get offended because unless you have actually lived someplace for a long period of time you really have no business talking about the culture. So when I hear local people saying that there is "no aloha" in the mainland or the food stinks or the people are uptight like a lot of the posts said... I get upset because anyone who had lived other places and experienced other cultures would know enough to not say things like that.

    But anyways, I am not here to knock the place... I would put Hawaii just under Virginia and North Carolina as my favorite state to live in. Sorry I didnt stay on task, I probably could have added some constructive comments to the discussion. Thanks


  23. World Wide Ed:

    * Innate:
    My bad Ed,

    I had just gotten into an argument with a coworker about all of the things he thought he knew about “the mainland” and happened to stumble across your article… then started to rant. haha

    Haha, no worries Innate. I was just surprised cause, like you said, I only wrote about the water and other such topics and was like, where is this coming from!? But yeah, I can totally understand and relate to your frustrations stemming from the stereotypes and generalizations some have of places they've never been and people they've never met. I'm a firm believer in experience, and only speaking of what you know. Just to let you know that I'm on the same page as you, I believe that you can find a version of "Aloha" anywhere and everywhere. Aloha!