California *Insert Stereotype*

My winter break in California was enlightening but more so because it was trip down memory lane to fully comprehend and appreciate where I came from. As I haven't lived there in seven years I have felt that I was distancing myself from the state, family and friends. However, I came back and had a muse to take the journey with. Therefore, I felt terrible for my recent disdain for a beautiful home that was filled with fun and great times. A lot happened on the journey so I will recap in pieces.

Reconnecting with the parents: I hadn't talked to my parents in nearly two months since the election; however, they did a great job in not talking about politics or watching Fox News with me around. As such, it made everything a whole lot more peaceful. Honestly, I missed them and my mom got the house nice for my new year's party while dad reminisced about life with me. I'm glad I can talk to them again, but I now know there is something I can't talk about with them which is sad but true as the only time it happened was speaking on education which I went in on right before my flight back. Definitely told me that we should talk about everything else. 

Reconnecting with my brother: I had a fun time with my brother for a change of pace. He hung out with me and my friends multiple times. I laughed and chatted with him about his child/my niece and our cousin. I saw his barber for a cut, meanwhile I washed his clothes. Then I treated him and his friend to a meal at a great burger joint with some friends in San Diego called Hodad's. Lastly, he came by my New Year's party where we partied up and I impressed him with my partying while I took care of him. It was a fun time and one of the better times I had with him. 

Exploring Schools of the Past: I basically saw every school I attended in California in a sense. I explored Coronado for the beach and saw my middle school. I also hung out with a friend from my middle school who I got to see lead an open mic. He and the muse got me inspired to get back to writing and filming again. I also attended my ten year high school reunion that I helped put on for everyone. It was great to see old friends and certainly hangout primarily with the ethnic crew for a change of pace....I still don't know why I didn't get my friends' numbers. Afterwards, I hung out with my high school homie after seeing his roommate for a brief moment to reconnect with them at a hockey game to discuss life in general. Proud he has a girlfriend now. I also drove up to USC and so how much had changed in nearly all the schools and the new university north center. It's a revolving world and the school's and their surroundings are changing, but I also drove past my elementary school which looks extremely tiny. 

California's landscape: I would also travel around California and see many beautiful sights from Mt. Soledad to Venice Beach to even going down to Tijuana, yes I repeated a city/country finally in a much different way this time with margaritas, tacos, and souvenirs. Best tacos I've ever had hands down. It was also a lot of fun to use Spanish to make deals and talk as well. Lastly, I also went to an intriguing kinky dungeon with an old friend that you can message me about. 

New friends in the city: After Christmas, I had a little San Diego tour with my travel group's friends and different locations around the city, Tijuana, and my house for a New Year's Party. It was the highest amount of Black people I've had at the house, but overall I found it fascinating how many different people have partied at that house - never the same set of people ever. 

Overall this trip was important in that before I landed at home, I felt it would be last time in California for years. Now, I feel that I will try to come back to California as much as I can minus the always boring flight back home.