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What is it like to live in California?

ontheflyonthefly Posts: 1,115Registered User Member
edited August 2009 in High School Life
I love hearing about what life is like in different parts of the world, and california has a particular mystique. For those who have lived in multiple places, how is CA different?
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Replies to: What is it like to live in California?

  • WartsandallWartsandall Posts: 14,151Registered User Member
    In California, we don't have too many bugs. We also don't have too many "seasons." The weather here is nice, as it's usually around 70 degrees daily. It depends on where you live though. If you live down in San Diego, it tends to be hotter than if you live in the Bay Area. However, if you go to the mountains, it is cooler. On the more negative side, the home prices are expensive! Overall though, I enjoy living here:)
  • Xargon42Xargon42 Posts: 818Registered User Member
    Here in the north bay, its pretty much sunny all the time. things can get overcast like november to january, but just this year it was 91 degrees on January 14th. It is really beautiful in sonoma county with vineyards next door, rolling hills and oaks, etc. but its not all rural. santa rosa has 150,000 people, and the whole county has over 400 thousand. once a month, ill take a trip to SF or Berkeley or something like that- theyre 45 minutes away on a good day. anyways, you can pretty much count on sun at least once a week every week all year round
  • ontheflyonthefly Posts: 1,115Registered User Member
    sounds amazing
  • WartsandallWartsandall Posts: 14,151Registered User Member
    ^Haha, maybe you could go to college here:)
  • ontheflyonthefly Posts: 1,115Registered User Member
    My only problem with california is that all the great things about it have caused so many people to migrate there hoping for a slice of the paradise. I do not want to be just another person overcrowding what could be such an amazing place, if you live in LA and want to go to one of CA's great attractions, you will inevitably be joined by hundreds of other people with the same idea
  • alexandrafitzmoralexandrafitzmor Posts: 744Registered User Member
    No bugs, relatively speaking as there is nowhere near as moist a climate as other places in the US. SoCal is hot in the summer and mild in the winter, with small amounts of rain. There are almost always mountains within an hour to an hour and a half away. The Bay Area is MUCH more seasonal: lots of rain, fog.

    People that love summer should love California weather-wise.

    In other aspects: people don't necessarily realize how big California really is until they get there. It's a full 10 hours drive to get to LA from San Francisco, and that drive is really only going from the top middle to the bottom middle of the state (half of it). And that middle section is arid and EMPTY.
    Also, there are a lot of tourist traps (practically ever destination you've heard of is one), but many more little-known but awesome places. If you like hiking, biking, skiing, surfing, anything-ing, then you'll love it.

    If I were to pick areas best to live in California, I'd probably say SD and SanFran, maybe the strictly-Malibu/Palisades areas as well. But I'd avoid LA traffic/weather/overcrowding in general.
  • alexandrafitzmoralexandrafitzmor Posts: 744Registered User Member
    @onthefly: For LA, there is Griffith Park, and tons (and tons) of places for sports/exercise that will not break the bank and not be overcrowded. No college kid sepnds all their time at Disneyland anyhow. Most L.A. people avoid those places too. There are great activities associated with UCLA (my cousin just attended a conference with the lovely Julie Andrews) like concerts and trips, etc. But there are really a boatload of things to do, you just have to be good at looking for them.

    That said, if you are aren't an outdoorsy person and you prefer the snow, STAY OUT OF CALIFORNIA.
  • banjoman12348banjoman12348 Posts: 204Registered User Junior Member
    San Fransisco is gay,

    every thing is expensive,

    they have giant windows, so everyone can see into your living room and you cant watch tv in your underwear

    they have a health fee on food,

    and their mayor is Gavin Newsome
  • ontheflyonthefly Posts: 1,115Registered User Member
    Yeah, but imagine undiscovered california. Before the influx of people seeking the dream. You wouldn't have to find small undiscovered hamlets to avoid the crowds, the whole state would be fair game
  • WartsandallWartsandall Posts: 14,151Registered User Member
    Giant windows? lol, I've never heard that before. There are actually some areas where there aren't too many inhabitants, but like any state, those areas lie outside the cities.
  • alexandrafitzmoralexandrafitzmor Posts: 744Registered User Member
    @banjoman12348: Something for everybody, I guess. However, I've got to say, the proximity to Yosemite and other parks as well as the cooler weather definitely appeal to me more than down south.
  • banjoman12348banjoman12348 Posts: 204Registered User Junior Member
    and their bay smells bad, but only by the beaches
  • alexandrafitzmoralexandrafitzmor Posts: 744Registered User Member
    @Wartsandall: Ahaha, I have, but my cousin lives up there and is an interior designer.
    @onthefly: I think about that constantly, its absolutely maddening. Have you been to Yosemite? Yeah, that's what it looked like. It makes me want to cry.
  • WartsandallWartsandall Posts: 14,151Registered User Member
    ^Really? In San Francisco? I don't live there but I live near it:)
  • banjoman12348banjoman12348 Posts: 204Registered User Junior Member
    Sacramento isn't good either, sure we have two rivers, but i hardly ever catch any fish in them
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