Homesick~"California I’m comin’ home…"

So I’m going to tell you all about what I miss about California…

missin the fam

missin lil bro

missing oxnard shores summers…
missing my forever friend.  we met on this very beach when we were 2.  and we’ll probably still be hanging on this beach, pining, reading “why men love bitches” when we’re 82.

missing amigas right and left…

missing walks and once in a while skates thru the hood

Frequent California wine tastings with Mom, Mama Laura and forever friends (missing wine and BLUE CHEESE heehee).

dog friendly wine bars

big fat salads from Nature’s Grill (modeling the “Nature’s Salad” here is Jen 🙂
miss da big bro.

and so much more not pictured, including …

Trader Joe’s
Hopping in my car whenever I feel like it
Walking down the beach with my dog and Mom for the gazillionth time
Live music in Downtown Ventura
Bryan Kest power yoga in Santa Monica
Downtown Ventura thrift store shopping
The health conciousness of California
Ojai Farmer’s Market 
Channel Islands Farmer’s Market
California style photography
Whole Foods
surfing every once in a while
slow-pacedness of Ventura
Ventura Bikram (although I hear its gone downhill?)
Pitch-in dinner gatherings after yoga
The Bottle Shop in Oxnard Shores
I Love Sushi
Understanding the language being spoken around me
Clean air
And a million other things I can’t think of right now.

So what provoked this?

2 wedding announcements 
(Yay Stacey and Richard and their barnyard, down home, rock-filled NorCal wedding in September ’11, y el casamiento de Mariana y Ryan en Peru en el Marzo de ’11!), 

A long overdue, 4 hour Skype call home, complete with laughs, tears, and wine on the Cali side and Mageolli (Korean rice wine) on the Korean side, 

A plethora of emails from my amigas back home after the Thailand trip asking how it was, commenting on photos, 

                                                   and exchanging “life updates”.

And it doesn’t help that I’m listening to Joni Mitchell’s “California” on repeat.  

As much fun as this whole Asia thing is, and I’m super grateful, I can’t deny that I’m finding myself pretty damn homesick.  It comes in waves lately.  I’ve spun all kinds of plans in my head as for what to do after Korea, pretty much focusing on yoga, maybe Hawaii, and grad school in the alternative health/mind body psychology/natural sciences field.  But at this moment, California is where I wanna be…so here’s my theme song for the day …err…week.  I’ve added a few of my own comments in with Joni’s tune~California…
yeah…at this moment (and if you know me, you know not to take anything I say too seriously, I change like the wind changes directions during the freakin’ Santa Ana winds in October ((ya, I even miss those))…but right now, I think I’ll be coming home…
I guess it’s true, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone (oh, but wait, that’s another Joni song…).
I suppose sometimes it takes going halfway across the globe, or as D2 (Dad the sequel) would say 5,916 miles… 31,236,480 feet… or 374,837,760 inches away…” to cultivate gratefulness, appreciation, a longing, for what was once taken for granted.

So here goes nothin~

Sitting in a park in [Seoul, South Korea]

Reading the news and it sure looks bad
They won’t give peace a chance
That was just a dream some of us had

Still a lot of lands to see
But I wouldn’t want to stay here
It’s too old and cold and settled in it’s ways here

Oh, but California
California I’m coming home
I’m going to see the folks I dig
I’ll even kiss a Sunset pig
California I’m coming home

I met a redneck on a Thai isle
Who did vinyasa very well
He gave me back my smile  
[welll….this part isn’t true…yet :]
But he kept my camera to sell
Oh the Englishman, the white white Englishman
He cooked good bangers and mash and curry of Massaman [not true either :]
And I might have stayed on with him there
But my heart cried out for you, California
Oh California I’m coming home
Oh make me feel good rock’n roll band
[ohhhh Ventura local music I missssss you]
I’m your biggest fan
California, I’m coming home


Oh it gets so lonely
When you’re walking
And the streets
[and subways] are full of strangersAll the news of home you read
Just gives you the blues
Just gives you the blues

So I bought me a ticket
I caught a plane to [Thailand]
Went to a yoga training and a full moon shindig
There were lots of pretty and toned people there
Reading Yoga Journal, readin Women’s Health
They said, “How long can you hang around?”
I said “a month, maybe two,
Just until my skin turns brown and I can do a headstand 
Then I’m going home to California”

California I’m coming home
Oh will you take me as I am
Strung out on Asian food and island feve
California I’m coming home

Oh it gets so lonely
When you’re walking
And the streets [and subways and buses and everywhere you turn packed like a sardine cannnnn!!!]
are full of strangers
All the news of home you read

More about the war and the Gulf (is Iraq still going on?  Is the oil well plugged up yet?)
And the bloody changes (Obama’s health care plan in order yet? Gonna miss my amazing Korean national health insurance)
Oh will you take me as l am?
Will you take me as l am?
Will you?

2 thoughts on “Homesick~"California I’m comin’ home…"

  1. Pingback: On Healing: Shed Tears at the Asian Market then, Detach…A Perspective Regarding Cravings and Reverse Culture Shock | Beach Girl Abroad

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