So the news came out that Northrop Grumman is moving its headquarters from Los Angeles, California to somewhere in northern Virginia.
As I posted earlier, when news broke that Northrop Grumman was planning on moving to either VA, Maryland, or the District of Columbia, I had given some advice to those Californians who would be making to the move to this area.
As a native of the Golden State who has been living in the Old Dominion now for over a decade, please allow me to expand on that list and details some of the similarities and differences between CA and VA.
The Same (which should make you feel at home):
–Both governors have accents.
–Both area’s local news are dominated by death, shootings, fires, destruction, and mayhem.
–Natural disasters (although VA does not have earthquakes, we do have the occassional blizzard, tornado, hurricane, and if the rumors are true, even tsunamis)
And now the differences:
–This area has football
–This area may not have the ability to go from skiing to surfing in a day, but you can see the leaves turn brilliant colors down Skyline Drive.
–History. While CA history seems to start with the missions, you can’t fall down around this area without hitting a colonial landmark, a Revolutionary meeting house, or a Civil War battlefield.
–The Smithsonian. A number of glorious museums and they are all free.
Welcome and enjoy!