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Old 06-15-2013, 11:55 AM
 
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I have been visiting California several times a year for twelve years before I moved. Besides, you should see where I came from. Lots of nice people but not much else.
Yes, I get it. California is fabulous, especially if you can afford an ocean view condo...just saying beware of the potential negatives. The experience of visiting versus living here after a couple of years is not the same. Having money helps to offset the negatives of living here, but it doesn't completely insulate you from them.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:35 PM
 
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OK so I visited California for the first time last year and have fallen in love with the state and become obsessed with moving out there. I simply find the weather outstanding, the food tastes amazing, heck even the water tastes better. Of course the state is filled with stunning views, especially driving around PCH. I also find that the people are very nice and friendly, at least compared to the East Coast.

I have since visited the state multiple times already and and now am dying to move out there. I swear I have traveled all over the US and the world and never felt like that about a place, except maybe Hawaii to an extent. California has a dream like quality that I have never seem anywhere else in the US.

Is this a normal experience or am I crazy?

Oh yeah did I mention that I find people here sooo much chill? I mean evertime I come here even I a normally anxious person becomes uber chill.

I think it's normal, for almost a century California has always been "the place" to move. It's called "California Dreaming", remember the song, and other songs written about living in California.

I was not born in the state but I was raised here, and I've lived all over the most populated places across the state. I remember when they used to say the rents were cheap in LA.

The more I travel across the USA and Europe, the more I appreciate that California is a special place despite our recent challenges.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Anaheim
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Can someone tell explain why the food tastes so much more delicious here? I mean for example the exact same whole food store stuff tastes far better here that in other parts of the country.
I don't know, but Taco Bell in Billings, MT seemed to taste the same as Taco Bell in Anaheim, CA.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Anaheim
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...which is why the whole foods' in CA are better.

They sell a metric f ton of local produce at my whole foods. They even have a whole display dedicated to local. Along with that, they have all these 'bio's' that are next to the produce with pictures of the farmers, location, history, etc.

Once or twice a month they also invite the farmers out to stand next to their product, give out samples, talk, etc.

We have live music at ours- hell, you can even get a massage at our whole foods. :shrug:

I'm sure there's a place to get your taxes done in there somewhere lol, jk.

Very cool.
A metric f ton? A massage at whole foods? What do they do, use a banana?
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:23 PM
 
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OK so I visited California for the first time last year and have fallen in love with the state and become obsessed with moving out there. I simply find the weather outstanding, the food tastes amazing, heck even the water tastes better. Of course the state is filled with stunning views, especially driving around PCH. I also find that the people are very nice and friendly, at least compared to the East Coast.

I have since visited the state multiple times already and and now am dying to move out there. I swear I have traveled all over the US and the world and never felt like that about a place, except maybe Hawaii to an extent. California has a dream like quality that I have never seem anywhere else in the US.

Is this a normal experience or am I crazy?

Oh yeah did I mention that I find people here sooo much chill? I mean evertime I come here even I a normally anxious person becomes uber chill.



Is it normal ? Not sure but I've been thinking about California almost everyday since we visited almost 2 yrs ago. Sad but true. I'm working on it though . Its how I felt when i was there everyday during our visit. I'm currently in the process of obtaining CA nursing license. If it takes me 2 yrs or more I really believe I'll end up in California.
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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Is it normal ? Not sure but I've been thinking about California almost everyday since we visited almost 2 yrs ago. Sad but true. I'm working on it though . Its how I felt when i was there everyday during our visit. I'm currently in the process of obtaining CA nursing license. If it takes me 2 yrs or more I really believe I'll end up in California.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:01 AM
 
Location: california
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I ws born and grew up here in southern cal. Favorite place is Big Bear Lake , Most visitors want to live there but there's not that much work .
The job market is falling because companies leaving to other states or out of the country altogether.
So if you've got work hold onto it.
I love the out doors too and northern cal has some of the best views every where ,just keep in mind the compitition for work is very high.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:32 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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This during the Winter helps
I love your photos! Do you ever show them at galleries?
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Monterey County, CA
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I love your photos! Do you ever show them at galleries?
Thanks, Ruth. No, it's more my hobby. I don't have the time it takes to go to the galleries and such. But who knows, maybe one day.

Derek
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Coral Gables, FL
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OK so I visited California for the first time last year and have fallen in love with the state and become obsessed with moving out there. I simply find the weather outstanding, the food tastes amazing, heck even the water tastes better. Of course the state is filled with stunning views, especially driving around PCH. I also find that the people are very nice and friendly, at least compared to the East Coast.

I have since visited the state multiple times already and and now am dying to move out there. I swear I have traveled all over the US and the world and never felt like that about a place, except maybe Hawaii to an extent. California has a dream like quality that I have never seem anywhere else in the US.

Is this a normal experience or am I crazy?
This is normal. The first time I experienced California was living for three years as an adolescent in 1960s Marin County. That was a time & place experience, as you can imagine. My father was in the service, and we sadly departed. I've lived in South Florida most of my adult life, but have also lived in the northeast, midwest, northwest and overseas in Asia and Europe. I travel. A lot.

California has several things going for it which are not easily replicated elsewhere.

Firstly, it's a long, narrow state, which conveniently and efficiently puts it in 1 timezone, but different latitudes. You will get extremes of weather, and everything in between. The most variety of latitudes allows for incredible diversity of microclimes, therefore an amazing array of plant life & agricultural possibilities. It's not the fruit and nut capital of North America (and maybe the world?) for nothing. Add to that, altitude differences. It's not flat, like Texas or Florida, or the Great Plains. This puts mountains, hills, rainforests, deserts, valleys and everything in between into ONE state. The lowest and highest points in the lower 48 are in California. Again, add to that the coastal riches - marine life, marine vocations, industry, and marine research.

Secondly, it has an extremely varied economic engine. World class wines, incredible natural and cultural tourism, the movie and entertainment industries, Silicon Valley and related tech, venture capital, Big Ag and small, sustainable farm movement, defense & aerospace industries, oil, world class university system on the leading edge of much research, etc. Quite a list. When one single segment weakens, there are others to keep the ship afloat.

Thirdly, it has multiple ethnic groups which have layered and mixed into the fold. First Nations tribes,some Russians on the northern coast, Italian immigrants (wine & agriculture), Greeks (wine, agriculture, fishing), first the imported Chinese, then the subsequent varied Asian waves and Hispanic ones, too, starting with the Spanish missions. All have rich food heritages which heightens the California food and beverage culture, which has no peer in the United States.

Fourthly, there's something about the Pacific Rim edge which speaks to progressive, optimistic forward thinking. "Go West, young man", for opportunity is still an operative philosophy, though the opportunity now continues across the Pacific into Asia.

I've been making forays into the state, looking to spend more time there. Some of my children have migrated there, after having been raised in South Florida and having traveled extensively. The costs are high, but the unshakable truth of it is YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR in life.

High living costs, but high quality of life.
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