View from Reagan Library, Simi Valley, California

The Mecca Chronicling my holiday trip to California, Ch. 5

previously on posts by gina: Am I missing something? It definitely feels like it. There’s a noticeable gap in the way my parents treat me compared to the way they treat my brother. There’s a noticeable gap in connection. I can’t quite put my finger on it but… is this what being out of the loop feels like? Is this what happens when you leave home after high school and your brother stays put? Let

A Sense of Missing Out Chronicling my holiday trip to California - Ch. 4

I spent nine days in Southern California for the holidays. As lovely as California is, I feel as though I missed out on a great many opportunities of adventure—Caliventures. At the start of this writing, I’m sitting with my family at McCormick and Schmick’s (bleh) near LAX. It’s our last night in California before my brother and I return to our lives in Japan and New York City respectively. After hemming and hawing about going