Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Beyond the Orange Curtain

~blogging on the road~

I don't know if I'm the only Eagles fan on this blog - but I love the Eagles and their music. One of their all time greatest hits is "Hotel California". You can check out anytime you like - but you can never leave. One of the reasons the song was such a hit and remains popular is the underlying truth in the lyrics. As I type this, I'm listening to the live version from their Hell Freezes Over album.

When I left "The Surfline" where I live, a couple of days ago, (see my blog profile), I took an umbrella as an afterthought. "Better to have and not need than need and not have," is a mantra of mine. When you live in endless summer, rain is the last thing on your mind. Sunscreen is important, an umbrella is not.

The Orange Curtain is a local joke referring to Orange County, California - a political subdivision along the beaches south of Los Angeles. People who live there are said to be attractive, wealthy, intelligent and politically conservative. The Beach Boys sang about the girls there when they crooned, "they wish they all could be California girls".  I'll let blog readers comment on that since some of them live behind the Orange Curtain. My daughters can comment too because they read this blog and live in the same environment. It's a conservative in enclave in an otherwise generally liberal Southern California.

But it rarely rains - other than the "scheduled rain days" that make the news a dozen days or so each year when the sun is blocked by storm clouds. And here I am outside the Orange Curtain in the rain, happy I brought an umbrella, wishing I thought to bring a rain coat...
"Living it up at the Hotel California... Mirrors on the ceiling - pink champagne on ice." Funny how when you live behind the Orange Curtain, you stop thinking about things like rain.


Opus #6 said...

Overcast June Gloom over here. I love June Gloom. It is the last gasp of spring-ish weather before summer HEAT hits.

The Fien Family said...

You never realize what you have until its gone or you leave it, including weather. We are lucky to live in an area where the weather is wonderful most of the year. As the the "California girls"...I don't consider myself to be an "OC" type of girl...Emilie definitely!

LL said...

Amanda is DEFINITELY an Orange County girl:

*Smart (4 year degree)
*Family Oriented
*Lives in a new home in the suburbs.

LL said...

P. S. Politically, Amanda is just right of Atilla-the-Hun and would make Ghengis Khan look like a left wing radical.

darlin said...

Eagles, did you say Eagles? One of my favorites... why don't you come to your senses, you been out riding fences for so long now... love the Eagles!
And I envy the California girls at times, only at times though!

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