It's only been a few weeks now, and we are still getting settled. There are numerous differences, but also, many similarities between LA and Nashville. Luckily, most of these are good and help to put us at ease during this transition. The rest, I wouldn't say are bad, they are just going to take come getting used to.
For example, learning the geography as you see described in the picture below. This is necessary in order to understand what the folks on the news are telling you as they describe weather and traffic and whatnot.
Then, well, there are some other things too.
First, and this one was a doozy. We encountered this "rule" if you will, the second day we were here. It seems that there are certain times when you can buy alcohol. Then, on top of that, there are certain types you can buy on certain days and times. We are primarily a beer & wine household, pretty easy right? Yeah, until you are told by the clerk at WalMart that you can't buy wine there but beer is okay. Pretty soon, we found ourselves rushing out on Saturday's to get to the store to make sure we got all our supplies for the week. Take a look at this "helpful" graphic to see what I'm talking about.
Then, it was a shock to find out that there are hardly any sidewalks! People are just walking on the side of the road, and drivers HAVE to be careful. I mean, naturally, but really? Why would there be so few sidewalks for people to use safely?
Plus, speed limits. Oh man, the speed limits. People here take those signs seriously. Way more than they do in LA, and they keep changing. Driving down the same street, your speed limit can change 2 or 3 times! And if there is a school nearby, during certain times of the day, when you see those caution lights flashing, boom, take it down to 15 mph. No excuses. You have to do it.
Don't even get me started on the storms. Oh boy, have we been introduced to those right off the bat too. Tornado warnings are a constant when severe weather starts rolling in. Luckily, we have not had any touchdown close to where we are, but the wind has been incredible. I swear, in just the few weeks we have been here, we have experienced more weather than we would in months out in LA.
That being said, the added benefit of the storms and and general area, is the change in seasons. We arrived just in time for the start of spring and we are getting to experience the beauty that it has to offer. We didn't plan it that way, but it is a definite perk.
There will be more to come as we venture out and explore our new home, so stay tuned! In the meantime, I'm going to get back into the swing of things on this blog.