California on my Mind
The thought had crossed my mind before, but I never thought California was a place I could see myself at. It felt just too comfortable to live there compared to New York; there's no screeching of subway cars, no wind tunnels down 6th avenue, no smell of drunken urine on the sidewalks (although LA would probably have their share of those).
But after visiting recently, my view's changed. Going back as a photographer, I realized that the quality of light there is so much better than New York City. Maybe it's because the sun sets on their side, but they seem to have golden hours, and not just that precious hour we search after here on the east coast. And this weather, these golden hours, are there all year long, not like the pockets of great days we have here (couples are usually hoping against hope that the weather is nice the weekend of their wedding).
But I still love New York City, and the charm of it's shadowed sunlight by all the skyscrapers. I don't plan on leaving anytime soon, but the warm and gorgeous light that California is blessed with will always be in the back of my mind.
PS. Thanks to my good friend Dennis, for housing me and enlightening me to Orange County.