We are in Southern California for the Thanksgiving holiday this year. Being transplanted from Northern California back in 1991, we don’t go back super often. But when we do, I am usually reminded of some of the many reasons we made the move so many years ago. Here are just a few of things that come to mind.
1. Colorado feels SO much less crowded. Whether its the roads, the stores, or even trying to find a corner in a Starbucks to write this, it just feels crowded and busy everywhere we go.
2. We miss the water wherever we go. I mean the stuff you drink. Colorado Springs has such good drinking water, and we drink a lot of it. Not filtered, bottled, or anything, just from the tap.
3. The people seem friendlier in Colorado. I’m not saying they are rude here in California, but they just aren’t as chatty?
4. In the Inland Empire area of Southern California, the unemployment rate is up to 14.2%. Colorado Springs is 9%. While things seem bustling here, a lot of people are out of work, and from the newspapers, it sounds like many will be running out of unemployment soon. That cannot be good. While the Colorado Springs economy seems anemic to me, in truth, we are really blessed it isn’t worse – much worse.
We are excited to be here with family. And the low Wednesday before Thanksgiving is forecast below zero in Colorado Springs, while Thanksgiving Day is forecast here is 66 degrees. So we are thankful for the chance to be here. But when all is said and done, and the food is all eaten and cleaned up, I am really looking forward to being back at home – in Colorado Springs.