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Old 06-20-2008, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Chino, CA
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Do you think when these people arrive in California they realize it is just like the California portrayed on TV and in the movies?
Yes and No... TV and movies give you glimpse of something but not the whole picture. And like everything else, it's in the mind of the beholder...

Every once in awhile when your in California you'll get that California Moment... some examples would be like when...

...you stare out the great blue yonder during sunset and the breeze hits you just right

... you mountain bike over a hill and look over the surrounding landscape and marvel at its vastness and what "man" has been able to do (or natural landscape depending on where you are)

... you roll out into the desert riding your ATV or dirt bike with adrenaline pumping through your veins

... you drive through the rolling hills/mountains testing the twisties in your car or on a motorcycle

... you go down to Disneyland or any other amusement park and meet "Mickey", "Snoopy", "Bugs", etc. and you see the thrill and joy in your child's face

... you try a "different" or ethnic cuisine in some local restaurant and am glad that you have so many options and varieties

... you meet people from different countries or ethnic backgrounds and share a little Americana with them and see that they are thankful to be out here

... you talk openly about politics, religion, society, economics and find groups that share your views.

... you go to the local Farmer's market, getting fresh produce and am glad that your city supports these events

... or just simply going to the local park, spending time with the family, and enjoying the simple life

Basically California is what you make of it. California can only provide you with the opportunities and avenues to make those special "California Moments", the rest is up to you.

-chuck22b
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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...you stare out the great blue yonder during sunset and the breeze hits you just right

... you mountain bike over a hill and look over the surrounding landscape and marvel at its vastness and what "man" has been able to do (or natural landscape depending on where you are)

... you roll out into the desert riding your ATV or dirt bike with adrenaline pumping through your veins

... you drive through the rolling hills/mountains testing the twisties in your car or on a motorcycle

... you go down to Disneyland or any other amusement park and meet "Mickey", "Snoopy", "Bugs", etc. and you see the thrill and joy in your child's face

... you try a "different" or ethnic cuisine in some local restaurant and am glad that you have so many options and varieties

... you meet people from different countries or ethnic backgrounds and share a little Americana with them and see that they are thankful to be out here

... you talk openly about politics, religion, society, economics and find groups that share your views.

... you go to the local Farmer's market, getting fresh produce and am glad that your city supports these events

... or just simply going to the local park, spending time with the family, and enjoying the simple life
Since I left California, the items on this list above I really do miss big time are:

... you try a "different" or ethnic cuisine in some local restaurant and am glad that you have so many options and varieties

... you talk openly about politics, religion, society, economics and find groups that share your views.

... you go to the local Farmer's market, getting fresh produce and am glad that your city supports these events
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Central NJ, USA
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Since I left California, the items on this list above I really do miss big time are:

... you try a "different" or ethnic cuisine in some local restaurant and am glad that you have so many options and varieties

... you talk openly about politics, religion, society, economics and find groups that share your views.

... you go to the local Farmer's market, getting fresh produce and am glad that your city supports these events

Charles:

one of the things I do not miss about California is that, where I now live, alternative political views are actually listened to.

Now, I lived in the Bay area, where there basically is basically the Silly Party, and then the Very Silly Party, so your experience may differ.
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Old 06-20-2008, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Charles:

one of the things I do not miss about California is that, where I now live, alternative political views are actually listened to.

Now, I lived in the Bay area, where there basically is basically the Silly Party, and then the Very Silly Party, so your experience may differ.
Where I live now is relatively politically conservative with a lot of brainwashed religious people running around. They really don't bug me that much but there is less diversity here than in California. Big lack of ethnic restaurants. There's a church on every street corner. All this stuff isn't in the top ten things I value when living somewhere. None of it is that extreme to be a concern.
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Old 06-25-2008, 04:50 AM
 
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When the culture of one area becomes California-ized.

I think a synonym, in one definition, would be "plasticization," as in "She's so plastic." Not something that a single individual does, but a process of increasing vanity that happens due to excessive infusement of the CA culture through entertainment. People start to dress and act like what they see on TV and think they're better than others.

A less-harsh example would be the proliferation of surfwear/skatewear brands (turned Corporate) such as Billabong and Volcom.
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