Land of the Golden Freeways.
California is many things. It is a coastal desert oasis battered by frigid unforgiving surf. It is a mighty redwood in an undisclosed location near an active volcano. It is the salad bowl of America where truck-loads of produce blanket fertile acres. It is Hollywood where the HeeboAmerican dream is packaged. It is a hot-tub of bleeding-heart liberal progressives with a cartoon governor. It is a "gift" from Mexico.
But one thing that it is not is disappointingly flat. Go see for yourself.
Gold Rush - Boom Chika-boom-boom Town.
If the road to the revolution lead through Mexico, then the wagon trails from the east were the alleyways to a promised land. Where it once took months of trekking the perilous continent from swamp to shining desert, today you can get there in five hours, but first you gotta get through airport insecurity . Once there, look for your pot of gold, prospecting is the art of foraging and fantasizing about a better tomorrow.
Ronald Reagan once said America is the Land of Tomorrow. I think what he meant is that it is not about you and me today but more about some imaginary future that never materializes. Fair enough, let the dreaming begin!
At the Intersection of Hell Street and Heaven Blvd.
Is there a god in the great 31? maybe maybe not, but there is a health club in Oakland with His namesake. The Bay area is one of the most interesting and delightful places out there. From SanFransisco to Berkley, honestly I cant say anything bad about it.
Do Animals Have Soul?
You betcha. But don't tell the humans who are told otherwise by their demagoguery. This super-cute pet cemetery is not on the tourist map.
Arts & Crafts and My Old Art Teachers.
California College of Arts is one of the most enchanting and instructive schools for a liberal arts education. Our fragile future depends on their ability to produce tomorrows conscientious thinkers and leaders. They gave my kid the invaluable motivational gift, aka money for college.
Community Development - No Pain? No Problem.
Back in the early 80's, I worked in the art department at HighTimes magazine. There is where i met some of the good folks who are directly responsible for the decriminalized marijuana available in Cali and several other states... for medicinal purposes of course.
House and Garden.
It's high time Florida got on the green-wagon and ended the indignity of getting busted for one lousy joint. People are not going to gateway to crack hell or jump out of windows. Zero tolerance is a harsh and lame attempt to ruin families and pad the pockets in Tallahassee.
Play with Clay all Day.
My muddybuddies out west know all the well kept secrets in the land of plenty. Here we are in Ojai near Ventura just an hour from downtown LA.
Soaking in the Sulfur.
What you don't smell can't hurt you. Drifters and Hollywood stars converge in the hot springs to soak in natures goodness and sooth the rheumatisms.
What is more California than making new friends while naked.