These are just a few things I’ve observed that seem strange to me. Not strange to everyone, but to me—a Bay Area Californian.
What is up with the handful of pet shops I’ve come across peddling puppies to the public? I think California must have outlawed these shops because I haven’t seen one since I was a child. The dogs come from puppy mills and are known to have major health problems. If you want a dog, go to the SPCA or get it from a breeder. Don’t get a dog while you’re out boutique shopping!
Most women in NYC get dolled up. I think most Californian women tend to go natural and consider lip gloss makeup.
Do New York restaurants have something against California wine? If I’m lucky, I’ll find one California variety on a wine list. Most don’t even carry California wine. Ummm, don’t you want to source products from the best places? If so, then why not buy from Napa or Sonoma? Nope, New York restaurants seem to prefer buying the worst wine possible. I have been opting for cocktails rather than stinky wine.
Love the subway system. Amazing. I always make a few mistakes whenever taking the subway: wrong line, wrong stop, missed connection. Anywho, you’re held accountable for all the mistakes you make. Let’s say you realize after entering the subway and inserting your metro card that you’re at the wrong station. You can’t get a refund. You’re stuck. You paid your $2.25 and now you need to pay another $2.25 to correct your mistake. With BART (the Bay Area’s public transportation system), if you immediately exit, you won’t be charged. The system will know that you entered/exited at the same spot and should not be charged. With BART, you get charged for the distance you go. With the subway, it’s a flat fee. I’m ok with the different charge methods, but making a mistake and getting charged for it, is a bit annoying.