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Sun Sep 1, 2013, 03:57 PM

 

California, my home, does things just a little different than everywhere else

We didn't have exit numbers for years.

We also used to be horrible at marking highways (I am told.)

For the longest time, highways were known by their honorary name, rather than the number. "Hollywood Freeway" for example.

I honestly think, if we could drive on the Left side of the street, like in Tokyo and London, we would.

We have BBQ, but Texans and Missourians would laugh.

Tilapia flash grilled with lime and green onion.

Chicken Breast, grilled with oak, white wine and garlic.

A lot of this place looks like a place Ewoks would live.

We put our taxes up to a popular vote, sometimes. Always to disastrous results.

We smoke weed like you drink lite beer.

Our women truly are the most beautiful in the world. This is not an accident. This is the Tinseltown effect.

You will always be able to find a non-chain good restaurant, no matter where you are. Unless you are where the Ewoks might live.

"He's a Republican!?!?!?!" comes as a surprise to many. Including Christians. I've never seen so many Evangelical Christian Democrats.

This place is diverse, and that is not an accident either. Tinseltown effect + Tech effect. Smartest and most beautiful.

In our cities, parking is easier to find, but more expensive if you pay.

Having a band in your spare time is a perfectly fine adult hobby.

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Taverner Sep 2013 OP
antiquie Sep 2013 #1
steve2470 Sep 2013 #2
Taverner Sep 2013 #3
steve2470 Sep 2013 #5
seabeyond Sep 2013 #4
dixiegrrrrl Sep 2013 #6
AsahinaKimi Sep 2013 #7
Taverner Sep 2013 #9
AsahinaKimi Sep 2013 #10
Flaxbee Sep 2013 #13
AsahinaKimi Sep 2013 #14
liberaltrucker Sep 2013 #8
NV Whino Sep 2013 #11
Taverner Sep 2013 #19
NV Whino Sep 2013 #21
a la izquierda Sep 2013 #12
mrmpa Sep 2013 #17
a la izquierda Sep 2013 #20
loli phabay Sep 2013 #15
Taverner Sep 2013 #18
loli phabay Sep 2013 #22
Taverner Sep 2013 #23
loli phabay Sep 2013 #31
Taverner Sep 2013 #32
loli phabay Sep 2013 #34
Locut0s Sep 2013 #35
loli phabay Sep 2013 #36
jmowreader Sep 2013 #38
Mr.Bill Sep 2013 #16
steve2470 Sep 2013 #24
Taverner Sep 2013 #25
steve2470 Sep 2013 #26
LWolf Sep 2013 #27
Taverner Sep 2013 #28
LWolf Sep 2013 #29
Taverner Sep 2013 #30
Locut0s Sep 2013 #33
Mr.Bill Sep 2013 #37
Locut0s Sep 2013 #39
jmowreader Sep 2013 #40

Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 03:59 PM

1. Brilliant. (nt)

 

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 04:02 PM

2. can you elaborate on the ewoks ?

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 04:04 PM

3. Redwood Forests. Nothing like them in the world.

 

Hugehugehugehuge trees that smell really good, next to Manzanita trees that smell really good. Especially on a hot day.

They filmed 'Return of the Jedi' in Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Cty.

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Response to Taverner (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 04:20 PM

5. Ah yes, I thought you were trying to be funny lol

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 04:06 PM

4. so true about the freeways. i grew up in calif and learned to drive there. i have been away

 

for a couple decades now. i took my boys on a road trip. we hit northern calif. your on and off ramps are a work of art trying to figure out wtf is going on. the first one i hit that took me full cirlce i sighed.... remembered, and loving told boys i grew up on these.

bbq, right on.

but.... you are absolutely right about the fundamental christian. i did not know what a fundamental christian was. it was texas i learned about the republican christian.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 05:05 PM

6. My state does not have freeways.

It has " the 2 lane and the 4 lane" roads, even I-65 and 1-10 is called a "4-lane"

seat belts are apparently for sissies, as are speed limits.

You can have a nice conversation with perfect strangers for 15 minutes or more.
This tends to slow down the grocery checkout lines.

There are green trees every month of the year.

Perfect strangers will provide hospitality during hurricanes.
"Give you the shirt off their back" is not just an expression, it is a reality here.

Most of the state has small towns which are just like Mayberry, and they are wonderful.

Whole generations grow up without ever seeing snow.
This is NOT a plus when 1/2" of snow does fall every 10 years or so and people try to drive on it.

Best place on earth to retire, cost of living is half what it is on the coasts.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 05:11 PM

7. The Song Califorina Girls... was NEVER a lie..

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 06:26 PM

9. And you're a perfect example of smart and beautiful

 

Just like I said

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Response to Taverner (Reply #9)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 06:33 PM

10. If you keep this up...

I will not be able to fit into my Raiders Cap!

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 09:02 PM

13. I grew up near San Clemente and my older sisters had me CONVINCED that the song "Surfer Girl"

was about me
Lol.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #13)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 09:19 PM

14. Some girls have all the fun..

Last edited Mon Sep 2, 2013, 03:06 PM - Edit history (1)

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 05:20 PM

8. Pennsylvania

Philly and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between.

/Alabama native.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 06:56 PM

11. I live in NoCal rather than SoCal

But you said it beautifully.

I might disagree with you on highways. I've driven through Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, and most states inbetween. California still ranks number one on my book for drivable and well labeled highways.

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Response to NV Whino (Reply #11)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 01:06 AM

19. I'm NorCal too - East Bay!

 

Just including our fellow Californians in the desert

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Response to Taverner (Reply #19)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 09:09 AM

21. Wine country for me

Why, we're neighbors.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 07:10 PM

12. I lived in L.A. for four years. Loved every minute of it.

I just moved to West Virginia, so I don't know much about it. I grew up in NJ. The show Jersey Shore ruined it. So I'll talk about Oklahoma.

It's not as flat as one thinks. There are mountains in the east, complete with forests. There are mesas in the panhandle.

The Red River separates Oklahoma from Texas. You can pretty much walk across parts of it. Especially if there's a drought. Many of the lakes were man made.

In the book The Worst Hard Time, the author describes the feeling that settlers felt underneath huge open sky. Freaked out. I felt the same way when I moved there. But now trees and mountains make me claustrophobic.

Tornadoes can be scary as hell, but the weather folks are the best. On the planet.

People are mental about their sports teams and Jesus. It's true. Don't talk Jesus or politics with strangers and they'll like you just fine.

Oklahoma is beautiful in the spring, brutal in the summer, colorful in the fall, and haunting in winter. And it's windy as hell 365 days/year.

Oklahoma girls are beautiful too, but tan too much on the whole.

We don't ride horses to work, unless we're cowboys/cowgirls. There are actual roads and actual cars.

There are a ton of churches here. It's unnerving.

There's nothing like an Oklahoma sunset. It takes a long time for the sun to dip below the horizon.

Our politicians are idiots, but the people are a good lot. It was a hotbed of socialism in the '30s. Too bad people forgot their political roots.

I love Oklahoma and I miss it every single day, despite having grown up near NYC and living in Los Angeles. It's real, the people are genuine, and the weather is exciting.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #12)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 11:28 PM

17. I hope you will like West Virginia.........

I'm from western Pennsylvania. I think parts of WVA is just beautiful. It has a great state park system, and it gets a great deal of money from it, however all of it goes back into the Park system. It would be better if they would take even a small percentage and put it toward the poverty in the mountains.

It also amazes me that WVA has less of a population than the county I live in. It only takes me about 30 minutes to get to WVA.

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #17)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 07:48 AM

20. I love it so far.

The traffic in Morgantown is as bad as anywhere I've lived. But the people really are very nice. It's a gorgeous state (I say we won the nature lottery for sure), and I really love my job.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 10:06 PM

15. no most beautiful women in the world live in the czech republic.

 

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Response to loli phabay (Reply #15)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 12:47 AM

18. There are no beautiful Asian, Indian, African-American, Latina or Islander girls....

 

Czech girls in California? Czech!

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Response to Taverner (Reply #18)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 01:10 PM

22. mayby, but the czech republic has more czech girls who are the most beautiful in the world.

 

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Response to loli phabay (Reply #22)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 01:14 PM

23. Now now now there is no one subset which is the "most beautiful"

 

Korea can give the Czech Republic a good run for its money

So can the UK, Ukraine, India, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and South Africa for that matter.

There are beautiful women all over this world. And a good deal of them come to California.

Then they meet beautiful men, and breed.

Then you get more beautiful people, like Lenny Kravitz or Olivia Munn.

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Response to Taverner (Reply #23)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 04:10 PM

31. nope czech republic wins, its like supermodel cloning facility.

 

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Response to loli phabay (Reply #31)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 06:53 PM

32. Then there is no diversity

 

Therefore, they cannot be the most beautiful women (or men) on Earth

There is a world beyond the blonde, blue eyed bombshell

Trust me on that!

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Response to Taverner (Reply #32)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 07:52 PM

34. depends on what you find beautiful, still the czech republic wins

 

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Response to loli phabay (Reply #15)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 07:56 PM

35. I've noticed that too about Eastern Europe...

Yes I've heard people say the czech republic specifically as well. So many super model looking women from Eastern Europe. There is a problem with the exploitation of women there though.

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Response to Locut0s (Reply #35)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 07:59 PM

36. exploitation happens everywhere, another rocking place is northern india

 

Lot of beauty there as well. Czech republic still wins though as it seems its wall to wall beauty. Iceland as well nearly forgot about that.

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Response to Locut0s (Reply #35)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 09:59 PM

38. The reason the formerly communist countries in Europe have so many beautiful women

They say evolution takes millions of years. It does...unless you live in a country that used to be part of the Warsaw Pact.

During World War II hundreds of millions of men were killed in combat. The ones who survived with sexual organs intact came home and were able to be REAL picky about who they married. Only the most beautiful women were able to find husbands. The not-beautiful ones died without adding their genetics to the post-war commie gene pool.

During communism, beauty aids and nice clothes were viewed by the governments as degenerate. There's an old commercial that shows a "Soviet Fashion Show" with all the models dressed in the exact same gray shapeless garments. Sadly, that was just about the situation over there.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2013, 10:56 PM

16. In California, BBQ is a verb.

As in "let's BBQ some steaks". In Texas it's a noun. As in "Let's eat some BBQ".

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 01:35 PM

24. Florida

F L O R I D A, not Floriduh :p

Yes, I know, not the most progressive state but we are very slowly turning more blue over time. Orange County is blue, I think Miami-Dade is blue, I think Broward is blue.

Our highways are pretty easy to navigate, in general. The older sections of our interstates suck.

We have people in Florida from many many different countries.

Miami is very Latin. You must speak Spanish to get any decent job there (from what I am told).

The Keys are wonderful.

Lowest temperature ever recorded here was -2 F in 1899. Yes, it has snowed here several times.

Miami Beach and Gainesville would be my choices for most progressive bastions in FL.

Ask me anything, I might know

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #24)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 02:28 PM

25. How many Cubans are turning blue these days?

 

Cuban-Americans have grown a lot in the Democratic Party lately

Just wondering how further we need to go...

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Response to Taverner (Reply #25)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 02:30 PM

26. I don't know, my guess is the Cuban-Americans under 30 are going blue heavily nt

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 02:57 PM

27. I can say more about CA

It takes a certain kind of bold "extreme sport" mentality to drive some of those freeways; and a vast, vast store of patience for some of them as well.

That's just par for the course; it takes a bit of that "extreme" mentality to live on top of multiple faults that are always moving whether you can feel it or not.

In much of the state, not all, public transportation is non-existent or just totally inadequate. It's a state about driving.

In addition to the redwood forests, there are also beautiful mountain ranges and incredible deserts. To stand at the lowest, hottest, driest place in North America is an experience. Joshua trees, Mojave Green Rattlesnakes, cholla, creosote...they are also CA.

As are mountain peaks, waterfalls, and the rare and incredible Sequoia, the largest living non-communal organism growing naturally only in one place in the world, and living long enough to have been mature before the birth of Christ.

California is truly a celebration of diversity. I spent 38 of my 53 years there.

My current state:

TREES. Oregon is a state of trees. Forests cover almost half of the entire land mass. Water, too, at least in the west. Rivers and lakes abound. Volanoes and volcanic monuments, and one of our nation's natural wonders: Crater Lake.

West of the Cascades, Oregon is a liberal bastion. That's fine, because that's where the bulk of the population resides.

The best city in the nation, Portland.

And much more. Maybe someone else in this thread can finish Oregon.

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Response to LWolf (Reply #27)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 02:58 PM

28. I love Oregon

 

Although I will debate you over Portland

San Francisco and it's sister Berkeley/Oakland, will ALWAYS be my city

A fall day in SF, a Spring day in OAK, any day in Berkeley - always good.

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Response to Taverner (Reply #28)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 03:03 PM

29. "Best" is subjective, I know.

I do know that Portland is the only city I'd ever consider leaving rural life behind for. It's the greenest city in the U.S., in more ways than one.

I do like SF, although I've only been there a few times. I like it better than L.A., anyway. L.A. has got a lot to offer, but for me the drawbacks outweigh the good stuff.

Thinking of CA, and So CA in particular, here's something else I love about Oregon: clean air.

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Response to LWolf (Reply #29)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 03:12 PM

30. El Lay is nice

 

You just have to accept it for what it is - a corrupt city in the desert, with water and movies

But hell, most big cities have a certain level of corruption

I like Topanga Canyon, Ojai, Venice, Santa Monica, Clairemont...

But I was born in the bay, left for a while and wanted to get away. Saw the world, and there's no place like home.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 07:46 PM

33. My province BC is much like your state :P...

We don't have the highway problem but driving here is a bit hairy, or so I'm told by others. I've learned to drive in the city now here so I have nothing to compare it to.

Salmon grilled with lemon.

We have BBQ too but it's more about just being outdoors.

We are out doors crazy. Hiking, running, rollerblading, swimming, skiing, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, everyone is out and about. And here in Vancouver you can do most of these in the same day.

Beautiful mountains, forests and trees are just the backdrop against which our cities are built. We are spoiled that way.

Not everyone knows this but the Southern BC interior is a big wine growing region and we like our wines.

We are a big wine and dine culture much like California. Lots and lots of quality restaurants here in Vancouver.

I think Vancouverites could give you Californians a run for their money when it comes to our weed smoking.

Living expenses here are SKY HIGH!!

While nothing on the scale of California BC has a fairly big movie industry. Lots and lots of TV and film is filmed here.

Lots of beautiful women too, remember we are fitness crazy. Add in the wine and dine and the movie industry and you have a similar mix to Cali. Seems to attract the beautiful women

He's conservative?! Is also a negative thing to hear around here, at least in Vancouver.

Vancouver is very very diverse, 20+% of the population is Asian.

Parking isn't easy to find for the most part. Vancouver is hemmed in by the mountains so we don't have a huge amount of room to sprawl.

We are a northern tech giant as well like Washington and Cali, lots and lots of startups here, lots of money.

Lots of foreign wealth here, lots and lots of rich neighbourhoods with expensive homes.

Vancouver, to a less extent BC at large, is a hip place. Like you being in a band is a fine hobby, but then so is any number of other nerdy past times.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 08:05 PM

37. I worked for a company where my job involved a lot of traveling.

We often spent three weeks out of every month away from home, a week in a city was the average duration. Once we were all sitting around drinking and talking about which city was the best to visit. I was new to the job, but all the old-timers said hands down, Vancouver was the best. San Francisco was a close second. When the company had to send someone to Vancouver, it was handed out as a prize to the best performers.

I've never been there, but hope to visit some day. I have spent 52 years within 100 miles of San Francisco and visit there several times a year. I do enjoy California in the more underpopulated areas, like where I live now. 30 Years of Silicon Valley smog and traffic was enough, although there are plenty of positives about that place, too.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Reply #37)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:03 PM

39. I've been advertising Vancouver on here a bit too much perhaps...

But it's nice to hear some independent corroboration I love living here though every city has it's down sides of course.

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2013, 10:27 PM

40. I will tell you about Idaho

You may live to regret it.

- - - - -

First, no one ever dies here. A lot of people go to live with Jesus, but no one dies. At least that's what people's obits all say.

We have four seasons, most years.

We are in two different time zones.

Many of our restaurants only serve breakfast and lunch.

The signature cuisine of Idaho is exactly like the signature cuisine of Tennessee. While we are located in the Northwest, it's rare to find a seafood restaurant here. A hundred years ago before there were trucks and airplanes this would have been understandable; today it's less so.

We have four professional sports teams. They're all in Boise, the state capital. We have Class A baseball, minor-league hockey, D-league basketball and semi-pro football.

People who live in South Idaho generally follow the Boise State football team. People who live in North Idaho generally follow the Washington State University football team because the University of Idaho team needed three seasons to come up with six wins, and that's not an exaggeration.

Most of the people who were key officers in the Aryan Nations have written books apologizing for being in the Aryan Nations. None of them receive royalties from these books because federal prisoners are not allowed to profit from their crimes. (There's also the fact that no one wants to read a book about how someone became a white supremacist...)

We are not in favor of The Citadel.

Most of our hardest-core Republicans were born in California.

We have two interstate freeways in Idaho. They both run east-to-west.

Idaho's most significant invention is the frozen french fry. This is a multibillion-dollar industry that has impacted the world; please don't laugh.

The Navy maintains a submarine base in Idaho. This sounds funny as hell but isn't: there is a lake in North Idaho that is perfect for doing acoustic research.

The Apollo astronauts trained for their moon exploration missions in Idaho.

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