One week ago today, I posted a Monday Madness Giveaway where one lucky person would win a little treat from me! And the winner is……… SAN! The only person who entered with her one entry! Woooo hooooo! Hurray! Congratulations! And since I know you and have your address, no need to make contact.
The giveaway rules required a question to me and San’s question was:
How do you like living in Wisconsin compared to California?
Great question! The reality is, I really miss California. I do. But instead of crying about it, I’m going to tell you a little bit about the differences between the two places. There are plenty of pro’s and con’s to each state.
The People: In California, people seem more open minded and progressive. In Wisconsin, people are really nice and actually have manners.
Drugs and Homeless: In California, there are so many homeless people and major drug addicts. It can be scary being out an about at any time but more so at night. I had been verbally assaulted and harassed numerous times. I always had to have my peripheral vision working and always be alert for who was walking up on me. I never made eye contact. I clutched my purse and carried a weapon. (NO not every where in California is BAD. Life can be really enjoyable. You just have an increased exposure to things that mean you just can’t wander around clueless about) The meth in California is super gnar. Yes, you may think the meth in your area is also super gnar, but it really doesn’t compare to the gnar in California. They call them Tweekers for a reason. And now heroin has entered the scene and people are just rotting away which results in them becoming scary because these junkies will do what ever they want and just don’t care. In Wisconsin, I haven’t seen a single homeless person or drug addict in 8 weeks. I am still Californicated and get creeped out by random people but have absolutely no reason to be so on guard. I’m sure in time I will relax and trust people again.
Cost: Gas is $1.50 + per gallon cheaper in Wisconsin. Propane is $4.00 per gallon cheaper in Wisconsin. There is one grocery store that is comparable to California but I shop at Walmart (ugh but what ever) because it’s like half the price. In California, eating out is about $15.00-$20.00 per person at a normal place. In Wisconsin, it’s about $7.00-$10.00 per person. However, I did find one normal cafe that gave me a flash back to Cali! I was NOT expecting that.
Sales Tax: In Wisconsin sales tax is 5.5%. In California sales tax is 9%.
Jobs: Not only are there no quality jobs where I live in Wisconsin, I am looking at a $8-$10 per hour pay cut. Not cool Wisco. Not forking cool.
Environment: In Wisconsin, I own a one acre wooded lake front property. California has way bigger trees and mountains and rivers and lakes and the ocean. I really miss the mountains. I actually feel empty when I see mountains on tv, like a part of me is missing. And the forest is so much more awesome than it is here. Wisconsin is just so…flat. The lakes all over Wisconsin, however, are super cool! I love driving by them and seeing one outside of my windows every single day.
Friends: I really miss my people in California. I’ve met a few people here but haven’t really clicked with anyone yet. I just feel like I’m on a different plane, as stuck up as that sounds. I unsheltered myself and have experienced a lot in my life and sometimes feel like I would blow their minds if they ever got to know me.
Housing: Even though my home was comparatively valued to homes in California, I was made an offer that I never would have found out west. That is just a fact that won’t change.
Weather: In California, it rarely got below 30 degrees. In Wisconsin, I expect to experience 5-6 months of snow and a possible low of -20 degrees.
Other: People in Wisconsin talk like they are from Fargo. There are random supper clubs standing alone on a country road in the middle of no where. I haven’t seen a single hippy. No one drives with a dog in the back of the truck, I think I might be the only one. The produce sucks here. I never even thought of that as an issue. The only place I have to shop is Walmart. I have a mailbox that I don’t have to worry about getting robbed. I have internet and cell service!!
In general, I don’t know if I’ve had enough time to really submerge myself into the Wisco way of life. I’m an introvert and avoid putting myself out there unless I have to. I have started attending a local PEO group and my aunt has introduced me to their friends. I love having a house. I love living on the lake. I love that some things are cheaper. But I miss my friends. I miss the smell of California. I miss the way that people are. I really miss the mountains. And I cried when my California drivers license was punched with a big fat void. Maybe it’s just the fog of change and missing the comfort of what I know. Time will tell. I think once C get’s here, I might start enjoying my decision a little bit more.