I grew up in the burbs so I didn’t think it would be a big deal moving back into them after living in the city for the last 6 years. I found little differences, some bad, some good. I have compiled a small list of the differences I have found in the last two weeks:


  • Take the trash out when you want (dumpsters)
  • Well lit streets, lots of light
  • Lawn watering consists of rainbow sprinklers and hand watering
  • Trash can end up in your yard and sit there for weeks with no one complaining and it will eventually blow into the neighbors
  • The city is noisy, so being up late and being noisy doesn’t cause problems
  • You can park whatever you want on the street as long as it is legal
  • The best restaurants and bars are in the city
  • Sirens are the soothing sound that puts you to sleep at night
  • It’s hot in the city..ugh
  • Traffic
  • Diversity


  • Trash goes out once a week with a limit
  • It’s dark, not a lot of lights
  • Automatic Sprinklers (thank God!)
  • Property needs to be clean and well maintained
  • It’s damn quiet, gotta be cognizant of your noise levels
  • If you have an ugly vehicle or park in front of a neighbors house, you hear about it
  • Chain restaurants, crappy pseudo sports bars, so family friendly
  • Sirens? If you hear sirens…RUN
  • Cool breeze at night, no crammed together buildings or properties
  • No real traffic
  • Some Diversity

So the differences in living are pretty significant. I need to get my night vision back and one thing I’ll really miss about not living in the city any more…the crazy shit you see on a daily basis. For instance, I was heading to the old house last night on my way home to pick up some stuff. I was booking down Broadway and on the West sidewalk I see a big guy, had to be 6’2″ smoking a cigarette and riding the smallest pocket bike I have ever seen. I guess you really had to be there, but I thought I was going to get in a wreck because I felt I had to watch this guy ride down the sidewalk. It was definitely the funniest thing I have seen all week.

Anyway, we will be fully out of the old house this weekend, have it cleaned up and ready to go for new tenants. It’s finally sinking in that I need to change my ways a little to “fit in” with the new life in the burbs. It’s amazing how much I changed living in the city for 6 years. It’s going to be hard to get that out of me.

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