Climate Change

Some things about relocating would never spring to mind; but a change in the weather, perhaps, is something quite obvious. I knew I was in for a difference; I’ve been used to bitter winters and humid summers for a long time, and, after all, Mark Twain allegedly prepared me for what I’d experience only slightly north of here, but I was to be surprised. While friends and family expected I’d be sweltering in some Palm Springs-like artificial oasis in the middle of the desert, I quite literally shivered through my first nights on California’s Central Coast. It was, quite simply, just so unexpected. To find myself reaching out for an extra blanket or turning up the heat in the middle of May; looking forward to paddling in the Pacific to find it is utterly freezing, chilling to the bone; or managing to see swimsuits and overcoats within minutes of each other during a visit to the beach. If you’re not used to it, well, it defies analysis. Preparing for it means shopping expeditions; flip-flops and overshirts, cotton shorts and flannel jammies in equal quantities.

However, even if the climate doesn’t catch you off guard, there’s some thoroughly remarkable experiences to be had, every day. I now know what an artichoke is. The little makeshift shacks right on the edge of Highway 101, selling their cherries, are a delight. Enjoy garlic? Well, there’s plenty here to be had. And, after several months of being told by fast food restaurants that “tomatoes are available only by request”, and, even when requested, a poor harvest had left them bland at best and bitter at worst, I can step out on the back porch now, salt cellar in hand, pluck a beautifully-ripened tomato straight off the miniature vine on the table out there and thoroughly savor it. That’s an experience I wasn’t prepared for – writing it down here simply can’t do it justice.


About darlingman1970

Born in the UK and a graduate in mathematics from Cambridge University, Chris Nash has followed a career in software engineering which he continued after moving the United States in 1996 and now brings him to California in 2010. However, Chris does not want to be considered as merely a code monkey, and has always been interested in writing; in areas as diverse as factual technical manuals all the way through to fiction. An avid reader, Chris is a fan particularly of mystery novels and enjoys above all the works of Agatha Christie and David Hewson. Chris has recently gone through some significant life changes which, at the moment, he is considering as the basis for a forthcoming novel and as food for thought on his blog. He manages to couple his loves of writing and technology and is particularly interested in how internet innovations have an impact on the writing and promotional process. Chris is a firm supporter of Creative Commons and other 'open' initiatives and believes strongly that such distribution mechanisms are the "right" way to handle intellectual property in an evolving digital world. Chris is a keen Nintendo DS and Wii player in his spare time, and is currently happily attached, living in the Central Coast area of California. Find him on Twitter as @darlingman1970. Don't ask him how old he is.
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2 Responses to Climate Change

  1. BloggerTalk says:

    Got to love that Climate Change. What I wouldn’t do for cooler nights.

  2. Chris Nash says:

    It’s amazing what you get used to… moved from paralyzing humidity to shivering in July! How could July be so cold?

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