to California and live longer
of all, I would like to state up front that California frustrates
me. Crazy politicians, boondoggle dollar wasters, celebrity plastic
surgeries gone wrong, too much sun
what? Like all transplants
from the Midwest, I miss the seasons. However, this is a fantasy
because I really only want to experience a season for a day or two.
For example, we had snow on New Year's Eve in San Diego. Children
made snowmen, the TV weathermen were beside themselves, and the
snowcapped mountains made it look like we lived in the Alps. It
all melted within 24 hours - that was winter - I'm over it. It's
January 5, 2015, and my outside thermometer reads 72 degrees.
Given all these sunny days, do Californians live longer than other
Americans? According to the National Institute of Health, the answer
is no. Give or take 6 months, U.S. residents, on average, live 80
years. Who am I to argue with the NIH, but anecdotally I see "over55ers"
everywhere, and they don't look at all close to their age. Setting
the record for the over 90 category in the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll
Marathon, Harriette Thompson does not look a day over 75 (she's
91). I'm actually more shocked that they have an over 90 category.
Susan Norman, 71, won the San Diego Ironman in the 70-74 category.
How does she do it? She bikes, swims and jogs every day in sunny
my friends and relatives back in Chicago are slipping on the icy
sidewalks and having angina attacks shoveling the driveway, we work
and play in an area that has more sunglass retail shops than anywhere
in the U.S. with the exception of Florida (and they have bugs).
So even if statistically speaking, you won't live longer moving
to California, you will be happier, look younger, and be able to
post fabulous photos of yourself on your social network pages.