We live in a odd, sometimes tragic, creative, superficial, substantive, special place. Not sure how much of this has oozed out to the rest of the nation. Californication - here are some of my observations of late.... - You buy a Prius for the "eco" status it conveys and not for the gas mileage. - Only place in the world where there are routine traffic jams in car pool lanes. - You can earn $100,000 a year and not afford a house in the ghetto. - You can go to a Japanese restaurant owned by Chinese immigrants from Peru and see a Persian family eating sushi prepared by a Mexican chef. - You know how to eat an artichoke properly. - You are forced to speak Spanish by osmosis. - Your housecleaner has a college education, 12 piercings, wears a gas mask while using cleanser, only uses vinegar as a disinfectant and goes to the Palestine as a conscientious observer. - People know what “Vegan” means. - The Republican governor who's father is an ex-Nazi is married to a Kennedy, smokes cigars in the most anti-tobacco state, and conducts most of his business in a special smoke tent on the capitol lawn. He also is affectionately called the “Gropeinator” and starred in the movie, "Kindergarden Cop". - In the state known for it's produce and wine, POT is the #1 agricultural crop. - You know the difference between Masala Dosa and Samosa. - The power grid fluctuates with phone calls to power suppliers. - People would rather have a Trader Joe’s in their neighborhood than a real grocery store. - Plastic Surgeons advertise on grocery cart seat flaps. Please add to this list if you can think of any more. It helps if you live here.:smile: Comments from those outside the Republic of California are also welcome.