Besides the heat in California I notice one thing.? Sameness.? Every street corner is the same.? The landscape, wholly uninteresting.? A drug store, grocery store and a Starbucks in every shopping complex.? I’m not joking on the Starbucks.? I think there are more Starbucks in the City of Sacramento than the entire state of Washington.
But what gets me the most are the houses.? Row after row of homes in various shades of beige and white.? Tiny yards with no landscaping.? An SUV in every driveway.? Why?? Why is this place lacking individuality?? I’ve yet to find it.? If you know why please let me know.
There are no locally owned businesses as far as I can tell.? Either that or they are so well hidden that I can’t seem to find them.
However, I don’t think this phenomenon is exclusive to Sacramento or even California.? I noticed it the last time I visited my grandparent in small backwater town in WA.? Gone are the days of the local burger joint.? Going out of business signs are replaced with fast food chain neon lights.
This is happening even in housing.? Tract homes are being slapped up at alarming rates.? Houses occupy over 70% of the total lot space and you can say bless you to your neighbor when you hear him sneeze.? It’s a sad state of affairs that we no longer seek our independence.? We settle for the prepackaged dinner, the outfit straight off the mannequin or the “move in ready” home.
Is advertising taking over our lives to the point that we can’t think for ourselves?? (says the lady with ads on her blog)? Is it easier to go with the mainstream media than to introduce a little creativity into our lives?? This is a topic that totally baffles me.