Saturday, May 9, 2009

Going Native---its not easy

Well as I settle into my new life style here in BEAUTIFUL Temecula, I find myself endeavoring to appear like I belong here----working on getting that outdoorsy look, but thats gonna take some time----(one doesn't acquire that famous california tan overnight---and one can TELL if its a dye job.  However one can dress like a native, which is what I am now focused on.

Here as we approach summer, it would appear shorts, Pullover shirts, or T-shirts (with some kind of a commercial presentation on them are the best), and sandals-----------thats easy enough, I got the proper shirts  (with commercial logo's) and as of yesterday in a wild fit of "damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead spirit",  acquired a pair of cargo shorts, and I spent the rest of the day rambling around the apartment, in and out on the pation in my new outfit----I even got up enough nerve to walk across the street and pick up my mail, but gotta admit I didn't linger to long in the process.  Okay so I got a tan face and tan arms, and these pale white beached whale colored legs----at least give me points for trying people.

TODAY, having discovered nobody actually gawked, and sneered or laugh at my appearance, decided to go full out ----dressed in my khacki cargo shorts, (not counting yesterday, havn't worn shorts for forty some years), a dark blue Izod pullover shirt, advertising  the "Patterson Paint and Body Repair Shop", and my newly acquired sandals, I went out for breakfast at "Papa Johns" and mingled with the real natives of Temecula-----I was much relieved to find nobody paid me much mind, I took that as a sign that I was accepted as a  native.  I have to admit this is going to be a comfortable outfit to wear as it does get Hot here in Temecula in the summers (90F yesterday).

As I ambled back to old blue in preparation to the ride home however, I am fairly sure I saw acouple tourists driving bye and from the looks I got from them, can pretty much hear one telling the other, "Oh look Fred, there's one of the natives wearing those cute costumes they wear here!!"    (lol)


  1. What did you say. Torpedoes, full speed ahead. I feel the same way, but I wore white shorts today to match my white legs. Ha!

    It takes bravery to do that but you gotta do what you gotta do to keep that California image up. Make sure you wear them tomrrow so I won't feel so foolish.

  2. Joe was chuckling over your post since he's the only one in Florida wearing those flowery florida shirts. When he goes out in a tattered "fishing shirt", he's one of the locals. Me? I live in cargo cutoffs. And he's always worn those knee length cargo pants. For the first time in my life, I'm getting tan!! Or else the old age spots are moving closer together.

  3. You are going to have to get a few more pairs of shorts. It does get hot in Temecula.


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