Question: Where am I from?
This is a query that depends on context, isn't it? Lately, when someone asks where I'm from, I say, los estados unidos. If I'm pressed for a state, I say California, even though I haven't lived there for over two decades. It's easy. Most people here in Panama have heard of California. (Wisconsin: not so much.)
Sometimes, I'm asked, by someone who actually wants to know about my hometown: "Where in California?" It's a big state, after all.
|Lompoc: 34.6392° N, 120.4569° W|
But for landlubbers, additional context is important. Never lived in California? Maybe you're really just asking: "Are you from Southern California (beaches and blondes and sunshine) or Northern California (San Francisco, fog, Golden Gate Bridge)?" Then my answer will be: "Southern California." Or if I want to be confounding and slightly more accurate, I might say, "Southern Central Coast."
You want more? Perhaps you're from California, or you've spent some time there? Still, I won't just blurt out, "Lompoc," as though you should know. Usually, I circle around, asking, "Do you know where Santa Barbara is...?" If your reply is sort of vague, I'll say, "A couple hours north of LA."
If I get the sense that you have walked down State Street and driven up Hwy 1, I follow up with "... and San Luis Obispo...?" More head nodding...? Okay, finally, I give it up: "I'm from a town called Lompoc, right between Santa Barbara and SLO." If you've made it this far through the gauntlet, you might reward me with insightful comments that show some understanding of what Lompoc is all about.
"Oh yeah, where the prison is."
(Federal Correctional Institution - low security men's prison)
"I went to the Flower Festival once: it was [insert one here] cold/windy/rainy/foggy."
(Lompoc weather is NOT SoCal weather)
"Isn't there an Air Force Base around there?"
(Vandenberg, third largest AFB in the US)
|One of the many flower fields of the Lompoc Valley (image from here)|
Lompoc, California, is not only the answer to "Where am I from?" It also answers the question: "Where am I going?"
Lompoc, of all places.... Team Behr is moving to Lompoc. We are going there, maybe for a few months, maybe for a year or two, because we are part-owners of a piece of property that could use a bit of tender loving care. We are the only owners who happen not to have anything better to do at the moment.
Our s/v more JOY everywhere is for sale, and although we just substantially reduced the price, we know that it might take awhile to find new owners. So while we wait to see what happens next, we're going to go hang out in my hometown and take care of some family business.
We think it's going to be fun, believe it or not.
Think about the blogortunities.
I CAN go home again!
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