Daily Archives: September 9, 2011

CALIFORNIA

What I like most about blogs are reader’s comments.  That’s why I’m writing today about my home state of California.  I want to tell you why I love living here as a prompt for you to comment below about the city or town where you live, and why you like or dislike it.

I was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, more specifically in Oakland, and moved to the small city of Alameda when I was ten years old.  Alameda is a small man-made island (pop. around 80,000), situated on the bay across from San Francisco.  We enjoy beautiful views of San Francisco’s skyscrapers (since we have none of our own), the Bay Bridge, and the bay waters in between.

Alameda has some very endearing qualities: lots of Victorian and Craftsman houses, numerous parks adorned with green trees, playgrounds and picnic areas, a beach boardwalk that extends down one side of the city that abuts the Alameda Town Center – an open-air mall with Old Navy, Kohls, and several nice restaurants.  The climate is mild – summer temps are generally between 65 and 80 degrees, winter temperatures may dip down to the high 30’s but generally are more in the 50’s.  I don’t own a winter coat.

One of my favorite spots in California, though, is Santa Barbara where I lived for about eight years and graduated from U.C.  The cliche’ phrase for it’s 88,000 residents is that it’s a place for the “newly wed or nearly dead”.  You’re either very young and starting out your life, perhaps after attending the university, or you’re retired.  It’s hard to earn a decent living in a city filled with wealthy people who don’t exactly “need” to work to reside there.

Located between San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles, Santa Barbara has a Mediterranean climate and is snuggled against the Santa Ynez Mountains.  It’s a great place to visit, has a gorgeous beach boardwalk with uncrowded beaches, beautiful homes on the hillsides overlooking the city, lots of restaurants, friendly people, and the U.C. campus is situated on the cliffs above the ocean.

I love living in California, can’t imagine moving to any other state, and no, I am not afraid of earthquakes.

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