An Open Letter to California


Dear California,

I don’t know if I’ve ever told you this, but you rock. Not in an earthquake kind of way, but in a good way.

After all, I’m so grateful you didn’t cave to peer pressure and send to Southern California that ridiculously, bitter cold weather that the rest of the country has succumbed to lately. What is it they call it? Oh yeah, Polar Vortex, which I assume is supposed to scare the bejezus out of you, like calling LA freeway closures, “Carmageddon.” Even Florida got in on the arctic act and that’s a state that tends to go rogue in every election.

I’m glad you had the sense and the coolness (pardon the pun) to rise above it, and thank you very much for the mild temps we’ve been having. It’s been most agreeable, and just one of the reasons those of us who live here, love you.california-state-flower-poppy-300x185

The sunny, clear skies are a nice touch, by the way, and a great way to start a new year. Makes up for nights when we’ve dipped into the 40s, not that I’m complaining, mind you. I like how you give us just enough brisk weather to make us want to turn on our gas fireplaces and pretend we live in a wintry climate.

Heck, most of us consider 60 degrees another way of saying “just above freezing.”  But we like it all the same, because it’s the one time of year we can don our sweaters and bring out the warm apparel. In other words, scarves, Ugg boots and shorts. Thankfully, you never make it so cold we get frostbite. Much appreciated.

Yes, from the moment I arrived here from the east coast, two decades ago, I knew I was going to like you. I didn’t complain once about the water drought (though it would be nice if you could work on bringing us some much-needed rain). Being below normal rain levels does put a strain on things, I’m loathe to say.

But thanks to your savvy know-how, rarely does San Diego get inclement conditions. I mean, when you live here, who has to listen to the weather report, anyway? Not I, my fair-weather friend, for I can tell you what’s in store for tomorrow without checking any reports: sunshine and a delightfully gorgeous.

il_570xN.255287216By the way, about the earthquakes, not that I’m complaining, but can you please check on those plates and any seismic shift activity? I’d just as soon not experience the “Big One,” if that’s okay with you. Ditto for wildfires and mudslides, which are a bit over the top if you ask me. I mean, why not add to the mix, pestilence, floods and the taking of the first born?

Okay, okay. I apologize. That was a low blow. You really are swell when it comes to states. After all, you’ve given us George Clooney and Steve Martin.

I’ve always had a secret thing for Steve and his silvery hair, ya know? Kind of hoped you’d have found a way to introduce us by now, but what the heck. You can’t be perfect all the time. I mean, you did give us ex-Mayor Bob Filner, Octomom and Phil Spector.

Anyway California, I really do like you. I know I could do worse. Like Florida. They’ve got humidity, hurricanes and alligators. Not to mention a whole bunch of ex-New Yorkers, like Carl. (Just kidding, Carl!)

But you’ve got dry, temperate weather. Thanks again for that.  Of course, the downside is I have to keep my legs shaven all year round. But honestly, who’s complaining? A small price to pay for not having to shovel snow and scrape ice off the car.

So why are we still talking? Let’s go catch some rays. After all, the sun is shining and the thermometer is pushing 80 today.

Surf’s up, baby!

43 thoughts on “An Open Letter to California

  1. Woo! 80 does sound delightfully gorgeous. I’m on the East Coast – well not really on the coast, but trapped near the coast somewhere. You get it. Today, I’m making my own sunshine. The sun is actually up and active, and gorgeously displaying its radiance on my snow-covered front lawn as I type this message. Don’t even need the lights on in the house today, but it is desperately cold outside. I intend to move somewhere warmer when I get a bit older. In the meantime, I’s be making some mo’ sunshine!

  2. I have a plate rail high in your kitchen with decorative plates and tiles. When my brother who was living in the SF area came to visit, he looked up at it, laughed and said “No, we can’t do this in CA.” One tremor and those things would crash down on to the tile floor.
    Still it’s a beautiful place with much to do…beaches, desert, mountains, lakes and ocean, not to mention the attractions. And, I will say my grandson fared well in your schools. Well done, Monica.

    • Georgette, fate brought me here years ago and I’m glad of it. Never expected to be living in a desert climate but I definitely like the lack of humidity. Here, we just bake and shake. Bake in the glaring sun and shake whenever an earthquake hits. Thankfully, that’s once in a blue moon.

  3. There is no other state that can compare with California – and Northern California is perfection…weather and all. Lucky are those who call California ‘home.’
    And, along the lines of the 1848 Gold Rush mantra: Don’t call it Frisco” “Don’t call it Cali” Cheers!

  4. We were a mild 68 F today here in Northern California and I woke up early to watch the sun come up. We are so lucky Monica. I think I will join you in my gratitude. I hope we do not see anymore of those 20 F temperatures we were blessed with back in December. I had to bring out my flannel pajamas for goodness sake and pretend I was in England. Er, well, no need to pretend, half the time I think Colin and Livia Firth are my neighbors.
    That Polar Vortex was something else, I kept calling it the Polar express, well not because of the film, but because it hit like an express train.
    What a lovely post as always my friend. You made me giggle.

    • MM, I love how you call it the Polar Express. A much better name, if you ask me. That’s what I’m going to start calling it, too. Yes, when push comes to shove, you’ve got to admit: we are lucky ducks to live here in the Golden State. Lucky, indeed!

  5. Seriously, Monica, this is hilarious. I haven’t spent a lot of time in California, but know the weather is hard to beat. But, it’s hard to beat here, as well. GREAT idea for a post, and you executed it SOOOOOOO well! This one should be Freshly Pressed!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

    • Well, Kathy, as someone who seems to get Freshly Pressed often, maybe you can put in a good word for me?? Think about it, heh-heh. But seriously, thank you. Glad you loved it and I so appreciate your positive comments. Hugs to you too, my friend!

  6. I love being able to garden year round and I love that I don’t even own an ice scraper any more. I spent enough winters in the Midwest. SD is home now. 🙂

  7. Oh, I think I will need to visit soon! I went to Florida to get a break from the cold, and it was cold and rainy. Pooh! Love your silliness! Keep it coming!

    • Jodi, we are in desperate need of rain here. Anything you can do to help in that end would be greatly appreciated! Remember that old song , “It never rains in Southern California?” Growing up on the East Coast, I always thought that was an exaggeration. Well, it’s true!

  8. Well, East Coast girls really are hip ;-), but the Beach Boys knew what they were singing about, didn’t they? And isn’t it true that California is also a state of mind? 😉 Of course I’m a roll now — ‘Wouldn’t it be nice . . . ‘ to meet up with you on my next visit.

    • Actually, Deborah, New York is a state of mind. Just ask Billy Joel. But this is the place where bowers of flowers bloom in the sun every day, and little birdies tell you all sorts of things. Looking forward to your next visit!

  9. OMG that was funny, Monica! As an East Coaster with an itch, I have to say that I am envious with a E. I was just saying that I would take Cali and quakes/mudslides over the artic tundra winds and pummeling snow we’ve been experiencing lately. I fantasize about the flora and ocean *sigh*…for now. Happy Monday 🙂

  10. Love this, Monica. As a native Californian (with bragging rights), I can’t believe how lucky I was to get plunked down here. It’s true. God does love California best. 🙂

  11. Nice way to rub it in, Monica — while the rest of the country is suffering through bitter cold, blowing winds, rain, ice, and other such madness, y’all are having practically perfect weather conditions: sunny and warm. No wonder everybody loves Southern California! Enjoy it, and if you can, send some of it to Illinois — we need to thaw out!

    • Debbie, have you ever been out here? Forget Europe and pack your bags and bring Domer, too. You both will love it. So much to see! Besides, what an excuse to get out of the frigid temps!

  12. You’re lucky Monica, just about +8c here today but last night was below freezing.

    Snow forecast in the next couple of weeks, so something to look forward to, I can’t wait!!!!!!

    The last day we had decent sunshine, many thought the shiny object in the sky was a UFO, as they had forgotten what the sun looks like.

    Looking at the weather some of the USA has had I am not looking forwatrd to any of it heading our way.

    Here in the UK we have had floods, storms and high tides, I am only about 5 miles from the lowest point in England so we may yet end up living by the sea!!!

    You keep cool over there!!!!

    • So they mistook the sun for a UFO? Gave me a chuckle, that one. Don’t ever come to Southern California. The sunny weather might be a shock to your system and burn you like a lobster as soon as you disembark from the plane. Yikes!

  13. I’ve been reading radiation on Pacific coastal from Japan nuke plant beginning to spike alarming rate. I can’t believe how little attention it gets in the media. Well, it’s only a a planetary extinction potential.

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