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In Australia, thanks to a popular drama it refers to people downsizing and moving to the coast.
I am thinking of creating a seachange site for people who are considering leaving their 9-5 jobs and moving to the country.
The internet and Adsense especially have made it unnecessary for me to be near a big city. El Paso, TX is nearby, but it's no LA. :)
So I haven't downsized but it is a "desert change..." Of all the things I miss about California though, it would be the sea that I miss the most. There are rural areas on the Pacific coast, these are looking good too.
Slightly OT: there's a new one .... "treechange". Recently in Tamworth (or Armidale - can't remember) there was a big trade show, and various State and Fed. depts, as well as LGAs, were sproiking a "treechange" to encourage more Sydneysiders, Melbourne-ites and weary city folk from down south, to the region.
"Full fathom five thy father lies
Of his bones are coral made
Those are pearls that were his eyes
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange."
I have also heard the phrase used to refer to how ocean currents can shift as the tides rise and fall, completely reversing direction in some places. If you're piloting a boat, you need to know that.