PLACES I'VE LIVED AND WHAT I LOVED/HATED ABOUT THEM
- •Seattle, Washington StateI lived here for a total of 2 weeks but I visited 3 years ago and I wish we'd stayed Pros: the OG Starbucks, SUCH GOOD SUSHI, quirky and artsy. Cons: where's the sun @
- •St. Petersburg, AlaskaNo memory, but it was a remote Alaskan island. You can imagine how well I'd have done there. (ages 0-2) Pros: nothing Cons: Alaska
- •Woodbridge, Virginia (Part 1)Solid developmental years (ages 2-4). Pros: baller daycare, twins next door (I year older) who I fell in love with Cons: you can't appreciate the Smithsonian when you're 3, Woodbridge itself is boring. So boring.
- •Mt. Clemens, Michigan (Selfridge AFB)I lived on a military base in Michigan (ages 4-7). Pros: Picture an idyllic childhood: ghost in the graveyard at night with all the neighborhood kids, trick-or-treating with 300 houses in a condensed area, block parties, and plenty of mischief for young kids to get into, all on the shores of Lake St. Clair. Cons: Dad worked in downtown Detroit, and PATRICK FUCKING HART STOLE A GRAVESTONE I FOUND
- •Woodbridge, Virginia (Part 2)Same house, different experience (ages 7-9) Pros: Could finally appreciate DC Cons: First encounter with bullies, twins were gone, little Me only really enjoyed reading at the time cause it took me somewhere else
- •Harbor Springs, MichiganSo much good, so much bad (ages 9-12) Pros: LITERALLY THE PRETTIEST PLACE IN THE WORLD, perfect small town experience , Main Street, all mom-and-pop stores, skiing in the winter, all sorts of water and land activities in the summer, great beaches, one great friend (who was alas older) Cons: School was essentially hell, mean girls were just a constant presence, a lot of things to do but the nearest mall was 1 hour away, hella isolated
- •Manassas, Virginia (present day)It's not bad here (ages 12-16) Pros: Great friends, lots to do, I commute to a school near the ~*cEnTer oF THe FReE wOrLD*~, great opportunities Cons: TRAFFIC, NOVA just has this crazy "eat or be eaten" mentality, and I don't think it ever dies, competition is big here in every aspect of your life