Mainland Observations

We are on the mainland while Mike recovers from knee surgery, staying in a 3- bedroom, one-bath home that is 60 years old, near San Francisco. This house is worth a million dollars, and many people would just tear it down. Here are some observations, many of them from my daily walk:

The sugarbowl stands open–no bugs! Potato chips and crackers aren’t limp from humidity.
The world here is grayed out instead of technicolor.
Time to go play, no constantly cleaning red dirt.
The weekend really does feel like a weekend. Maui is a 24/7 society.
Road trip! Vast and limitless, plus you can take along anything you want to in the car.
People say hello and hold the door open for you.
Choices! Should we go to Target, Marshalls, Nordstom Rack or Kohl’s to find that item?
The ocean isn’t turquoise here.
Full shelves, well-stocked.
Not watching out of the corner of the eye for cockroaches, centipedes and cane spiders in the house.
Trader Joe’s….wallet-friendly heaven.
Manners matter more here.
Not waking to a raucous but beautiful chorus of birds. Where are they?
Confusing highways and traffic that moves at 75 mph.
Better radio reception with great stations (hello, KFOG).
Toys: surround sound in living rooms comes from having a Best Buy to buy these things.
Vanity plates.
Huge crows caw from streetlights, like an Alfred Hitchcock movie.
Teslas! And they’re gorgeous.


Pride of ownership. Landscaped yards, fresh paint jobs, brick


(in Maui, people are at the beach…not painting the trim).

And of course….Insane home prices, even worse than Maui.

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Aloh! Jamaica

5 thoughts on “Mainland Observations

  1. Hi Jamaica,

    I’ve never been to Maui but would love to see it, I live in Central California. Sorry but I don’t know what you mean by the following observation.

    The weekend really does feel like a weekend. Maui is a 24/7 society.

    I really appreciate how honest you are in your posts.

    Antonio Faria

    On 8/29/14, Your Daily Dose of Paradise with Jamaica Michaels–A Maui

    • Aloha Antonio,
      Thank you for your question. Other people might be wondering too. I’ve written in the past that social life in Maui can be hard because so many people work in the service industry. So if you’re having a BBQ for Labor Day, half the people (or more) that you invite won’t make it, because hotel workers, for instance, work shift work, seven days a week…the same for waiters and waitresses, bus boys, concierge, cooks, activity agents, activity guides (hiking, biking, water sports), boat captains and crew (including fishing boats), retail/shop workers, bus drivers, etc.
      Whereas here on the mainland, so many people have office jobs, tech jobs, teaching jobs,etc. that when the weekend or a holiday arrives, everyone is off work. Easier on friends and family to all get together.
      Thanks for reading along, Antonio.
      Aloha, Jamaica

  2. Indeed San Francisco and The Bay Area is another beautiful place to reside. More people, beautiful natural wonders, many stores, and more opportunities for work but the Paradise of Maui cannot be beat, where the pace is slower and nature greets you daily! We will be up on Haleakala tonight to photograph and watch the stars.
    Living Aloha,

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