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This weather is killing me 
21st-Jul-2010 03:08 pm
note to self
It is the end of July. It is MY BIRTHDAY. Growing up with a July birthday, I knew the trade-off: I never got to bring cupcakes to school for an in-class birthday party, but I always got good weather on my birthday.

And today it is sub-60 (I don't care what Accuweather says, there's no way it's 60F outside right now) and overcast.

This weather is just draining me. These days where it's overcast until noon... one pm... three pm... it's like trying to function on 60% power.

I love Oakland. I've lived here for 18 years, which is longer than I've ever lived anywhere (ah, the joys of having divorced parents). This is my home. This is my back yard. These are the places I know and love and feel comfortable in — even many of the sketchy ones. I don't want to leave.

But when you factor together the stratospheric cost of living, the mindnumbing crime and violence, the if-there's-a-way-to-shoot-ourselves-in-the-foot-Oakland-will-find-it local politics, and this grey, exhausting, draining weather...

I love Oakland. I don't want to leave. But I don't currently see how I can stay.

Just typing this makes me feel like I'm about to cry.

Pirate and I have been looking in the direction of the Davis/Sacramento area for a while. When I was in high school, I couldn't get out of Chico fast enough. These days, the valley is sounding pretty good.

Oh, look, it's 86 degrees and sunny in Davis today. *wistful sigh*
21st-Jul-2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
I hear you. It bums me out when it's just grey and cloudy. It's made my once-dreaded commute to Mtn View a lot easier as it really *is* summer out here.
21st-Jul-2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday!

And don't worry, the weather isn't always this glorious during the summer. In a week or two I'll be the one wilting away.
21st-Jul-2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
There is 11 acres in Elgin, tx, that could easily absorb a couple of folks, did those folks wish to live just outside of Austin, (where there is work) for low or no rent. It is hot and sunny lots, the little town of Elgin is way easy to get to by bike (a mere three miles)..Just saying, this is always here for folks, did they ever wish it...
22nd-Jul-2010 05:56 am (UTC)
I join you in wistfulness. I still think that summer should mean never needing a sweater (other than for trips into San Francisco itself), and this after having left Davis over a decade ago. I never had to worry about my tomatoes in Davis.

The Merc's cover story today was that this has been a record-cold summer.
22nd-Jul-2010 01:44 pm (UTC) - the proverbial 'belated birthday best wishes'
Sorry you're feeling ... um, "under the weather."
And summer-in-October doesn't make up for autumn-in-July? No, I don't suppose it would.
Hang in there, babe.
22nd-Jul-2010 04:57 pm (UTC) - Re: the proverbial 'belated birthday best wishes'
Warm weather when the days get shorter almost feels like an insult from the weather gods to those of us who are profoundly solar powered.
23rd-Jul-2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
Have you considered leaving California entirely, perhaps for a better-governed state? I might do that if I were younger and didn't own a house. Of course, most of the well-governed states have really, really sucky weather...
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