There’s No Place Like Home

Some of us do not get out much. Perhaps the expense is unjustifiable or prohibitive. Perhaps work is too demanding. There are as many reasons for not getting out and about as there are for doing so. We all know that it can be fun, relaxing and healthy. We must also be realistic.

Realistically though, many or most of us realize that we happen to be in the best place that we could be in. Otherwise, we would be somewhere else that is perceived to be better. This is why those who indulge in vacations in other places return afterward. Not only is this home, but it is an excellent home. After all, many other people come here from elsewhere for their vacations.

Yes, this is biased, since most believe that their particular home is the best place to be. Most people who inhabit Los Angeles actually believe that they are in the best place to be; which is fortuitous, since millions of people searching for someplace better could cause this region to become unpleasantly crowded. Obviously, we tend to believe that there is no place like home.

Yet, regardless of obvious bias, it is impossible to deny that, besides being the best place for those of us who live here, this really is among the most excellent places in the entire Universe. The climate is perfect, with just enough winter without too much chill, just enough summer without too much heat, plenty of sunny weather, and only mild storms within a brief rainy season. Scenery is exquisite, with grand redwoods and the coast of the Pacific Ocean nearby. Society is remarkably diverse, accommodating and generous. There are too many advantages to being here to list. Even those who lack domestic situations know how fortunate we are to be here.

36 thoughts on “There’s No Place Like Home

  1. I am sort of hesitant to say that because I know that anyplace can be just as perfect to those who prefer it. I happened to find Oklahoma to be very VERY appealing, so can totally understand how those who live there might believe that it is perfect, even though others might consider what they find to be unappealing about it. I am often reminded about how excellent the Pacific Northwest is, and I certainly enjoy portions of it (such as Ilwaco and adjacent Oregon), but am quite unimpressed with the region of Seattle. It is unfortunate though that so many people come here from all over the World, and work as hard as they do to live here, but incessantly complain about being here. No one is stopping them from going back to where they came from or someplace that they believe to be better.

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  2. Everything is changing now tho. I have a friend who moved to Oregon maybe 15 years ago, when it was green and cool and damp. The last 2 summers have been like he moved to a desert somewhere. And we do all have our own ideas of what very good is. I hate our winters and complain incessantly, lol. But there is a feeling of safety here from weather; tornadoes, earthquakes, floods. Sometimes good things outweigh bad things and we adjust.

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  3. Fire season is something that we accept to live here. It is a deterrent for some who might otherwise consider relocating here, but for those of us who are here, it is something we must either accept or relocate from.

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  4. Although aware of it, we choose to stay. The neighborhood around two of my properties partially burned, and it is saddening to know that at least one neighbor can not rebuild (because of modern building codes), but I am not aware of anyone who left the area.

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  5. OH! You were not supposed to notice that! I try, and used them extensively within the context of older posts as an attempt to get comfortable with them, but it seems unnatural.

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  6. Yes, but I speak very differently than I write, and I actually have difficulty with pronunciation of certain simple words. I have no problem with extensive Latin names, such as “Lyonothamnus floribundus ‘Asplenifolius'” or “Syzygium paniculatum”, but find “Griffith Park” difficult to pronounce. I also find that French is much more difficult to pronounce than Italian and Mexican Spanish.

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  7. Modern hybridization has complicated binomial nomenclature. Years ago, we invented species names for hybrids as necessary, even if they were something such as ‘hybrida’. No one bothers to do that anymore. They just go from the genus name to a cultivar name. No one knows who the parents are, and no one cares. After centuries of perfecting Botany, the standards are being dismantled, which could be a problem in the future if it becomes necessary to know the origins of useful plants.

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  8. It is quite common nowadays. I used to get emails that were ‘written’ like that. I sometimes ignored them because I could not understand them. Sometimes though, I told those who sent the messages that they should not waste my time with such nonsense. If they want to be taken seriously, they should write accordingly.

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