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Californian Geography… A Lesson in Limits (or MY limited lessons in geography)

14 Dec

Being from California has it’s advantages; you grow up differently and with interesting circumstances all around you, but something all Californians share is of a geographical dilemma. Seriously, it’s like all that exists are major metropolitan cities and everything else is a “town” with one main street, one movie theater and one gas station… maybe a little tourist shop too. That’s it. Everyone who lives there must be a farmer or make meth, but anyone who’s “normal” lives in a big city. There you go. I’m a geo-gra-cist.

For example: When I got the call from the HR office of Saatchi & Saatchi X, I thought the job would be in NY. Why? Because that’s where the call was from. When the recruiter asked if I was open to relocation, I said “yes!”, thinking I would be relocated to the Big Apple. When she told me (2 interviews in) that it was in North West Arkansas, I did what any Californian would do; I Google mapped it, with a funny expression on my confused face.

On my trip to AR, I learned a whole lot about our country. I’ve done ONE road trip in my life and at 12, all driving across 13 states in 1 month meant, was missing out on the beach, my tan and the summer I’d worked so hard for. Basically, I missed a lot of information about everywhere other than California.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

There are a lot of cows.

There is a lot of BBQ.

There are a lot of people.

There’s a lot of history (something I enjoy).

Our trip from CA to AR was cool, but once you get into the South, it gets really interesting.

Did you know that people still wave confederate flags? In LA, anyone who flew that flag would be jumped. In AR, there’s a lot of them.

Driving north to Kansas City was a really interesting trip.

It was almost like you could feel the history of the Civil War and all of the racism that existed in the US, up until recent years. There are Battlefield Parks, there are houses that you’d only see in movies… there’s time. Struggle, victory, history.

Goodbye California, hello Arkansas… ???

14 Nov
Welcome to Arkansas

Well, here it is. The long awaited explanation for “why in the world” I left my home in California – 12 months before finally getting married – to live in the great state of Arkansas.

It’s simple; I got a great job.

I know it’s not much of an “excuse” but at the same time, it’s the simple truth of the situation. I now work for Saatchi & Saatchi X, global leader in Shopper Marketing, as a Digital Producer. It’s an amazing company with excellent benefits and the people make the workplace a dream come true. I no longer work for a small agency, I made it to the “big leagues” of advertising with a Company so well established and successful, it makes the last several years look like a giant question mark. But then again, had I not struggled through my life in the smaller agencies, I never would have made it here, so thank you to my former employers, I’m happy now. No more missing vacation time, no more paying out of pocket for health insurance, no more submitting invoices for payment, no more questioning the longevity of my workplace; it’s a solid and reputable place that I’m privileged to have been offered an opportunity with, so I took the job. I also took the job because I knew how happy it made my soon-to-be father-in-law.

Arkansas is 100% different than home and it’s a huge adjustment, but I’ll try to keep you as up-to-date as possible while I’m here.

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