In spite of having lived in California for the past eight years, I've always thought of myself as a New Yorker who happens not to live in the state. That's not true anymore.
This last week was a great deal of fun, and I love getting to spend time with my family. But, the time I spent in the company of other New Yorkers felt alien. This was the first time I ever really noticed New Yorkers accents and customs. Since noticing a thing usually comes from a difference from expectations, and this is the first time I ever really noticed these sort of things, I think that in the last year I've 'gone native.'
Maybe it's just that I've grown up a lot in the last year (I thought that was supposed to be behind me by now) and that growing just reflects the nutrients in the environment. I actually am putting some stock into that one since it's in the last year that I think I've gone yuppie too. I've been enjoying the rations for a while now, but recently I've starting to enjoy the uniform too much.
Well 2005 is almost upon us, so let's see where it takes me.