Summer has arrived in California. Since that season differens only a few degrees from Fall, Winter, and Spring, How can I tell? Because the air is now full of the Fragrance of eucalyptus. Yes, Summertime in California smells like a Hall's cough drop! California has other unique properties, as most people can tell you.

Only in California, can you:

***see a group of teenagers walk down the street on 8-foot stilts,

***drive through foothills so covered with wild clover they look as if they're dusted with gold,

***visit a city, located 4,600 miles from the Seat of Liberty, that was founded the same year America won its Independence,

***go to a college offering courses in Surfing 101 and Advanced Surfing,

***see red-tailed hawks sitting on lamp posts overlooking the Freeway,

***watch a live high-speed chase between cops and robbers every night on the 11:00 News,

***have the residents of an apartment complex take violent sides on whether or now to eradicate the rabbit population,

***have a pet in a fenced-in yard in a highly-populated area carried off by a coyote. (I'm with the Pro-bunny people here. Let the rabbits live, so Muffy and Fido won't become coyote lunch!),

***drive up a 20-degree incline to get home every night because your house is on the side of a mountain,

***watch that same house slide into the ocean as the mountain under it turns to mud,

***see the sky turn red because of nearby forest fires (the picture at left was taken on Alicia Drive going into Rancho Santa Margarita facing the Saddleback Mountains, during the forest fires 4 years ago),

***see a pair of mallards walking through a service station, checking it out,

***have your bed bounce 2 feet across the room from the aftershock of an earthquake 12 miles off the coast,

***watch the glass in your French doors ripple like Jell-o from that same aftershock,

***one of your work-mates has purple hair, a nose ring, and a bird tattooed on her tummy,

***gather with a group of people to look for the first swallow to come back to Capistrano,

***see someone you think is Tom Cruise talking to a neighbor, and finding out he really is Tom Cruise!

5 comments

  1. Beth Trissel // May 19, 2008 at 10:53 PM  

    What a gorgeous picture!
    enjoyed reading more about CA too.

  2. Mary Marvella // May 19, 2008 at 11:25 PM  

    The place sounds like a circus and another world. You must have experienced culture shock when you moved there.

    Great photo and word painting.

  3. Nightingale // May 20, 2008 at 2:13 PM  

    Ah the joys of California. And pay how much per gallon for gas?

    Very witty, Toni. Loved the purple hair, tattoo and nose ring. Was that in the bank? :-)

    Good point Mary and Toni could probably have said California is a three-ring circus, and I live in another world.

  4. Toni V.S. // May 22, 2008 at 2:29 PM  

    The gas here is 4.00 a gallon for unleaded. Two important tips when buying gasoline: don't buy it at a station near the Freeway and buy in late in the evening!

  5. Toni V.S. // May 22, 2008 at 2:29 PM  

    The gas here is 4.00 a gallon for unleaded. Two important tips when buying gasoline: don't buy it at a station near the Freeway and buy in late in the evening!