Three months ago today, I posted a list of things I’d learned since moving to Fresno. I’ve now been in Fresno for six months, and it’s time to update that list!
- I’ve learned that a seasoned Valley reporter – and smart Valley residents in general – wear more clothing, and not less, when spending any length of time under the blazing Central California sun. (Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way, when I showed up at UC Merced graduation in a skimpy tank top and breezy skirt. All the other reporters wore long-sleeved shirts and pants.)
- I’ve learned that paletas (Mexican fruit popsicles, preferably from La Reina de Michoacan) and ice cream (Superior Dairy in Hanford, perhaps?) are also a great way to beat the heat. (Okay, I’ve always had a thing for ice cream, but being in the Valley heat definitely gives me an excuse to eat more of it!)
- I’ve learned that when the Valley’s not sweltering hot, it’s got a couple other weather tricks up its sleeve. In the past three months, I’ve covered the March for Water during a dust storm, an immigration march in a downpour, and a graduation ceremony that was evacuated due to a severe thunderstorm warning.
- I’ve learned that weather doesn’t stop Valley residents – people here are too resilient! Valley residents marched through the dust and rain, they attend rallies at noon in the blazing sun, and they re-do graduation ceremonies. In three more months, I hope to say that I’ve become just as resilient.
- I’ve been to Firebaugh so many times, I have a favorite restaurant there. I’ve been to Mendota so many times, I have friends there. (But I admit: I haven’t learned to drive to either place without my GPS.)
I can’t wait to see what I’ve learned after nine months in Fresno! (That’s assuming I survive this summer!)