By this time of year I would normally stop caring, I wouldn’t go out much, and I would spend most of my time reading or watching movies, just waiting for a Spring that would be months away. Underneath all of this uncaring would be a desperation to get away, I started looking at apartments in California about five years ago, the search always starting around January. Sure, everyone would complain about the cold and all the snow, the cities inability to properly take care of snow removal, but I knew most people did not feel the way that I did. Even Rob, though happy to be in
could have stayed through many more winters with no ill effects. For me, I knew that life is too good to go so many months each year hiding from it. For some winter could be a lot of fun taking advantage of all the activities you can only do that time of year, for me it was a torture that came each year and seemed to get longer and longer. California
So here I am, on a beautifully sunny day on February sixth, with my windows open singing along to Sublime as I slice fresh oranges, mandarins and tangerines that I picked up from the farmer's market. I can take the rainy days, the clouds that come and go here because they are not non-stop and they don’t keep pushing me further and further down.
With all of that said, I acknowledge that I am viewing everything here in
through the eyes of someone that might be wearing rosy glasses. It is our first winter here, and it is an incredible experience for someone who has only known Sacramento Northern East Coast winters. But that is no excuse for the shear obliviousness that some Sacramentans show to their good fortune. There are orange, mandarin, lemon, grapefruit and just about every other citrus tree you can imagine growing all over this city. Most are in people's yards, some line the curbs downtown, and more populate the city parks. And beneath most of these trees lays rotting fruit, ignored and underappreciated. , you have the ability to grow this fruit that the rest of the country uses as a life raft to get though winter, pick your damn fruit! Sacramento
I understand that many of you cannot keep up with the bounty of your trees, but there are plenty of us out here that would be happy to take some of the fruit off your hands. There are great resources like Craigslist, freecycle and more recently neighborhoodfruit. On all of these sites you can post your fruit and offer picked fruit or even allow others to come pick your fruit. I know you are all used to having these trees around, I am sure you do not point out each citrus tree you see (as Rob and I still do giddy with the knowledge that we live in a place that this is even possible), but you should still know that you have got something good going here, and all of the bounty should be treasured. So please
, for everyone that is suffering the foot upon foot of snow that is hammering a good chunk of the country this year, I repeat, pick your damn fruit! Sacramento