Sunday, December 22, 2013

You Can't Take the San Diego Out of the Girl


Last week my partner at work and I left the community to run an errand. As I opened her passenger-side car door, she reached over to grab three receipts off the seat and move a bag on the floor. "Sorry. Hold on, " she said. This made her think about the conversation she had with her husband the night before.

HIM
Is your little friend back from California?

HER 
(laughing)
Don't call her my "little friend!" She's not a child.

HIM
But she's so small. 
(We met recently, and that sweet man is about three times my size.)

HER
Yeah, but don't call her that! She's an adult. By the way, you left the car a mess last week, and she had to ride in it. I blamed you.

HIM
Have you been in her car?

HER
Yeah.

HIM
What does she drive?

HER
She's from California, she's thin, and she's a vegetarian. What do you think she drives?

HIM
A Prius?

HER
Yup! 

HIM
And it's immaculate, isn't it?

HER 
(nodding her head and laughing, as if to pat herself on the back)
Yup!


We both laughed hysterically as she told the story. I said, "It doesn't help that I like yoga and make some 'hippie' choices!" It launched us into a larger, more serious conversation about race, ethnicity, and stereotypes (both "negative" and "positive," although I don't think any are truly positive). We both agreed that there is a little bit of truth to every stereotype.

As a San Diego girl, I am no exception. Evidently!

Has anyone ever told you that "you're totally a [insert hometown here] girl/guy"? What made them say that?

2 comments:

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

This made me laugh! HA! I kinda wanna read this post to Adam, because sometimes when we're stuck in traffic, we'll make up stories about people based on what type of car they're driving, haha!

Also...you are freaking gorgeous, Sis.
I seriously need to borrow your hair for the wedding...

Love you :)
xo

Ellie said...

This made me laugh, mainly because you're more of a "Californian" than I am. My car is definitely not immaculate, but I do get the hippy comment every now and then for various reasons. Sometimes I even throw it on myself. :)

Sidenote (and potential bubble burster) - I've heard that the Prius actually has a much larger environmental footprint than most other cars simply because of all the shipping back and forth that the parts have to do to China, especially the battery. I will admit that I have not personally researched it, but knowing how the world works, it would not necessarily surprise me...