So I have a story to tell you. On October 27 of last year, I decided I was fed up with the pedestrian life in Michigan. I packed up my things, shipped my car, and moved to Las Vegas. Part of my reasoning was me joining the FAN Action Nation, but it was also because I wanted to travel. For my entire life save for one Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game in 2012 and a few trips to Vegas in the past couple years, I have been sheltered in the midwest, namely Macomb County, Michigan. My family would take me, my sister, and my brother to either midwestern cities such as Indianapolis and Chicago or southern places such as Orlando, Tennessee, and Alabama. I wanted to see what the rest of the country had to offer. So I moved to Vegas and started seeing places such as Red Rock Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park, and even Los Angeles. I expected life to be different in Vegas than in Michigan.
And it was! Nevada and most states in the western part of the United States are more health-conscious than in the midwest. In Michigan, it was nothing but pizza, "pop", coney dogs, and Polish foods. In Nevada and California, there are numerous trails and recreation centers to go to, some just a mere five minutes away from where you live. These states also take on a more Hispanic feel to it, which I absolutely love. There's also the aforementioned places that you can go, i.e. Red Rock and Valley of Fire, all within a radius of an hour or two. An hour drive in metro Detroit would just put you in another Detroit suburb. For me, I was just sick of seeing suburbs EVERYWHERE, thus why I got to the west. But the more things change...
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...The more they stay the same! If there's a photo that encapsulates the American spirit, it's this one above. I've noticed there are more "Karen's" out west than in Michigan and it's driven me nuts. Normally, people in Michigan wouldn't bug you for running outside on a summer day. After all, people in Michigan tend to themselves for the most part. But that has actually happened to me in Nevada.
There are also people who try and haggle you for a better item or a lower price and it happens more often than you think. I would like to give the benefit of the doubt that it's just the coronavirus that is driving these folks insane and it's just the crazed yuppies from southern California making their way to Vegas. But I'm cautious with that. Basically, American customers can be the most annoying people on earth. I feel bad for any residents of a foreign country that has to put up with us as tourists. Also, I'd like to apologize to Michigan for insinuating that you people put on that "innocent persona", especially to the ladies. I didn't realize that was an American thing and I misjudged you all for it. My sincerest apologies. Working in the food industry has shown me how much Americans love food as well, especially proteins that are 99 cents. Nothing captures our hearts like food items on sale.
I've also learned that my fellow Americans have a thirst for speed (not the drug). They love going at least ten miles over the speed limit because they got places to be. Hey, as long as you don't get caught, it's not a problem. There are also other things that are a constant no matter where you go such as the same radio formats with the same radio bits, mass consumerism, and sports (thank goodness for the last part). Moving to Vegas made me realize that most of Michigan's problems weren't exclusively their problems. A good amount of Michigan's issues were also problems that the United States has right now. Crazed soccer moms and consumers, bad food, unhealthy environments, a crazed Karen in the White House. These are all issues and problems that we are facing right now.
Now to some brighter things! I'm thankful that moving to Vegas not only helped me mature, but got me one step closer to my independence. I was tired of anchoring my family down with nowhere to go in my life and I wanted to make a drastic change. Yes, there are some family members who thought it was a bad idea. However, that was a risk I was willing to take. My sanity was on the line after all. Once I took that plane towards Houston, I felt like I had released a long, hard piss. I had an actual smile on my face as I left my frigid home for triple-digit summers (which actually aren't that bad, contrary to what Vegas residents will tell you). Vegas residents are also passionate about hockey, although they're likely not as knowledgeable as Michiganders are. Granted, the Golden Knights have only been in existence for a few years, so there's some understanding to that.
I'm thankful I left Michigan for Vegas. It helped open my eyes to what is really going on in our nation and what we can do to fix things. Now, do I want to move back after saying all that? Hell no! I was in a miserable state of being for the last eight years I lived in Michigan and I don't want to go back to that feeling ever again! I'm done feeling like a dog turd! To be honest with you, I don't know if I want to stay in the United States anymore. I'm hoping that I can eventually retire out of the country, i.e. Belize, Japan, or Dubai. But our current situation has me looking elsewhere at the moment, especially with the election. Still, I'm going to enjoy not slipping and sliding across the road from work and will get the sweetest sun tan you will see in Vegas!
My life! Food, sports, school. It's what it is!