i thought i'd write some of my observations about chicagoland (actually northwest indiana) and LA-land (actually pasadena.) forgive me for my generalizations, but in.....
Chicago - you say "cool"
LA - you say "right on"
Chicago - motto - "life in the fast lane"
LA - motto - "no worries"
Chicago - you race to get in line at the grocery store first
LA - you can ask to go in front of someone if you just have a couple items
Chicago -you buy cantaloupes by the item
LA - you buy cantaloupes by the pound. (never knew how much a cantaloupe weighed!)
Chicago - you cut people off and block them from getting on the expressway
LA - you're nice and let folks in (usually)
Chicago - same price for gas, cash or credit (why does the sign even say that?)
LA - gas is cheaper with cash (oh, that's why!)
Chicago - they're called police officers
LA - they're called peace officers
Chicago - traffic is always crazy
LA -traffic is crazy, but there's a carpool lane!
Chicago - the slug-bug game works because there aren't many around
LA - your arm would bruise from being hit so many times
Chicago - parents aren't always so nice to their kids in public
LA - parents are pretty laid back with their kids
Chicago - the state park trail sign reads "don't feed the raccoons or pigeons."
LA - the sign reads "don't worry- rattlesnakes don't usually bite."
Chicago – interstates are named by “I” and then the number. (I294)
LA – apparently, interstates have official titles. they are named with a “the” and then the number. (THE 210).
Chicago – sausage pizza (said with a short “a” on sausage. :)
LA – pepperoni pizza. i can’t find a sausage pizza in the frozen pizza section.
Chicago – i need a haircut ever six weeks
LA – i need a haircut every three weeks.
i feel like i'm forgetting some...i'll add them as they come to me....we love being in cali, but are chicagoan at heart! ;)