West Meets East

A Western man travels East in search of love, opportunity and happiness.

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Name:Michael Strickland

This blog chronicles my adventures as I leave my native California and travel east to northern Virginia to start a new life. I can only imagine the funny stories I'll recount here as I experience a wildly different climate, culture and way of life.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Weather

I'm just starting to get my first taste of real weather out here. The past couple of days have been quite crisp, as cold as a winter day back in California (if you'll forgive my use of the words "winter" and "California" in the same sentence). Rain has been coming down today. And apparently I'm supposed to put something called "antifreeze" in my car when it starts getting colder.

As winter approaches, I'm sure I'll be happy about my short commute. Back in San Diego, I had to drive more than 30 miles to work (one way), and the traffic made such a drive typically take 45 minutes or more (one Friday evening, the drive took me two hours). Now, I have a 10-minute commute. I'm close enough to drive home for lunch—which I did for the first time today. When the snow comes, the people sharing the road with me will be thankful that I don't have far to go.

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