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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Californians

I was at the grocery store tonight and I saw my friend and her mom in the parking lot. I went over to say "Hi" and as I approached my friends mom was scolding the lady in the spot next to her for leaving her cart there instead of returning it to the cart holder, she informed her that, that's how peoples cars get dinged up. The lady responded with some heated words that I didn't hear, but as we were sitting there chatting the lady was pulling away, her pride obviously hurt, had to get one last shot at my friends mom and yelled out the window (in front of her 10 or so year old daughter) "The license plate explains it all!!!"
See my friend has California license plates. My friend however is a 5th generation born and raised Idahoan, she just moved back to California after moving there a few years ago when she was offered a job as head pastry chef at a restaurant.
My friends mom yelled back that they were 5th generation Idahoans and that she was just mad because she was lazy. Then my friend turned to me and said "she's probably from California herself."

While I find this particular incident funny, it ticks me off at the same time. It's stereotyping at it's worst, how can we ever expect this country to get over racism, homophobia, and profiling of any kind, if we can't even get along with people from our own country, just because people from different regions live their lives slightly different then our area. I'm sure California and Idaho are not the only states that have some idiot rivalry. All these letters to the editor in the local paper telling Californians to go home, make me ashamed of our state. Quit acting like a 5 year old child who didn't get his way and is now throwing a temper tantrum because you don't want to share your candy bar and get over it! Instead of being a baby come up with solutions to the problems that Californians supposedly are causing, maybe if you accept a little change or welcome people from another area, you'll find that you like them and that they have something to contribute to our area.

Let me know how you feel in about 5-10 years when you finally get fed up and think that the Californians have over-run your great state and when you head off to Canada and Montana and they treat you like scum and tell you to go home.

And no, I'm not from California, born and raised Coeur d' Aleneian.

7 Comments:

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At 11:28 AM, Blogger amyrebba said...

You go girl. I actually am from California. I left there because it was becoming a place I no longer recongized. Though I still would consider living in norther CA. But yes I do hate the attitude of people toward CA natives. My response is we all have to come from somewhere. If we are suppose to go back to where we came from then none of us should have the right to be here. It was the land of the Native Americans Indians who knew how to respect the land first. Now what do they have to say to that!

 
At 6:42 PM, Blogger Merry Mama said...

I am also from California... and frankly, I think the situation you described was hilarious.. an example of two articulate people from different walks of life, battling it out over a shopping cart. No harm done, and I think there is nothing at all wrong with having a good argument. We change from the little tidbit encounters throughout the day.
Now I personally always put my cart back, and I disrespect other poeple's decisions not to for reasons you already stated. However, I don't think that homophobia (which is in the eye of the beholder) has anything to do with a spat over grocery carts. Stereotyping goes on because it is often based in reality. I'm from Texas (well. Now I am.) Down here most people are Baptist. They just are. I don't disrespect them, but I don't identify with their whole submission thing either. Whenever I find someone who agrees with me I want to have a party because they ARE few and far between. This is the Bible belt, and it's called that for a reason.
Do you see how some "stereotyping" is acceptable and some is not?? It's a free country and we all need to find ways to get along. AGreed. But we don't have to be fake.

 
At 9:13 PM, Blogger ZenPC Services said...

I'm from Boston and I find the whole Idaho hates Califronia deal a little bit funny as well.

I've been in Coeur d' Alene for 4 years now and love it. I'm a contributing member of the community and would hate to be treated differently just because I'm from another state.

 
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At 9:50 AM, Blogger Life on the Edge said...

I have to laugh, although it's so sad. We moved here (Spokane area) just over two years ago from Eureka, California.(now Eureka is on the far northern coast of california and most of California doesn't even know it exists)

Since moving here we have read our fair share of scathing letters to the editor and overheard conversations accusing those darn Californians of causing just about everything including global warming.

It's sad, but I hate to say that I'm from California...the rolled eyes, the no longer included in the conversation, the not being invited over for dinner cuz we aren't locals and didn't go to school with so and so's brother...We've seen it all.

I've even read the bios on teachers that are hired just to see where they are from. (I have tons of teaching experience, awesome references and can't get a job) They are all graduates of local universities or married to someone who is a cougar fan.

Now if I'm to "go home" that would be difficult, because technically I'm from Florida and my husband is from Maine. So where do we go if we are to "Go HOME".

I don't know about everyone else, but we call where ever we are home, because it is where the people we love the most happens to be!

 

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