Sometimes I feel like I am wearing a sign around my neck that says: kick me; I'm from California.
A serious influx of Californians to Colorado (and the attitudes and higher real estate prices that have come along with them) have created a "special" attitude towards them. Namely, they aren't liked.
Not that anyone would be rude to you, but you might notice a little more aggressiveness on the roads as you display your California plates.
And sometimes, when you're not even in your car, people still somehow know that you're not from here.
My neighbor Deanne knew that I wasn't from Colorado in an instant. "It's the club on your car," she claimed that gave me away. Apparently, car theft is not a problem here, so I stick out like a sore thumb with that on my vehicle. But, when she asked me a couple of days later if I gave up on it yet, I said, no...I'll keep my club, thanks. At least for a while. You see, that car was stolen once before, and like they say, once bitten, twice shy.
Which brings me to something that another Coloradoan said to me earlier this week. He said that it takes Californians about 10 years to calm down once they get here. It gave me a laugh, but I think that he was mostly serious.
I guess we'll see how long it takes. And all kidding aside, the people here really are friendly and nice, even to Californians.