Guess who is back in California for a few days? My operations manager Jenette & I are here visiting my business partner Reed! Reed is also my cousin, so coming back to visit Long Beach, CA is a twice yearly ritual in my family already. Now I expect to be back here even more often than twice yearly as this is my second time back in 3 months! I love Long Beach. My family has actually been in Long Beach for 4 generations on my dad's side. My mom's side of the family was been in the Los Angeles area for 6 generations, how wild is that! We are hardcore Californians, though I am the outlier of my entire extended family and am the only one living outside of California, in Washington. My immediate family is also the outlier in my extended family as my parents and sisters live in Northern California, not Southern.
It took me 8 years to finally switch over to a Washington drivers license, talk about noncommittal! It took me years to admit, ok, I AM a Seattlite. But I really doubt I'll ever be able to say I am a Washingtonian. I'll be a Californian to the core for the rest of my life. This is the state that contains all of my family. It's the state where I met my boyfriend all the way back in high school but didn't start dating him until after college. It's the state that shaped my perspective, my home state, the state that contains my home town. My history is here, not just for my lifetime but so many generations of my family. And though I haven't lived here for over 8 years, and though I don't plan on moving back anytime soon, I just love California.
Jenette and I have a few meeting scattered through out the next 2 days but I'd love to hear your recommendations for what we should do while we are here! This is the first trip in forever that I actually have significant downtime to hangout. I love hanging out on 4th street in Long Beach, shopping at all of the best vintage stores and getting coffee at Portfolio Cafe (btw, I'm super bummed by the remodeling they did inside. It totally lost all of it's character. Boo). So if you are around that hood, you might be able to spot us as we wander around there later today. :) We definitely plan on hitting the beach, maybe in Corona Del Mar today and tomorrow. And I'm thinking of maybe going to check out Oh, Hello Friend's store front in Fullerton. I've never done any of the touristy funny things in Long Beach like tour the Queen Mary, but eh, I think I'd rather do smaller fun things while we are here. What are your recommendations?