The Cali' Experience: A Moment of Levity

It's not often that I feel upbeat when I'm on a tear of shifts.  The last two months have been insanely busy at work.  When I took this picture I was on my way into a night shift after working 84 hours in the previous seven days and still had two more 2 hour night shifts to go.  But walking out of the Starbucks I had a brief moment of levity.  The temperature was in the mid-50s and the air was crisp.  The chill enters your nostrils and it opens your olfactory system and wakes up your senses.  At that moment I had a few realizations hit me at the same time.

  1. I've got a wonderful Wife and Daughter at home, in our amazing home.
  2. It's almost December and I am wearing a zip up sweater.
  3. I will only need to add a scarf, hat and gloves to this ensemble to make it through the winter.
  4. Everything is getting greener and more alive instead dying like they would be in the Midwest.
  5. I forget this from when I first moved here, but it smells like flowers everywhere.  You get acclimatized to it and you don't notice it after a while.  But the chill brought that back in all it's glory.
  6. All told, I am living a very good life!

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