California Love…….
May 2, 2009, 2:09 pm
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I’m an east coast girl through and through. I was born here, raised here, and up until this point, all my travel has been restricted to the states bordering our shore. This year though, I told myself I was going to dedicate the next few years of life to seeing all the places I’ve ever wanted to see. In comes California. 

I’ve been wanting to get out there for a hot little minute now.  I had my mind made up it would be the perfect vacation spot to spend my upcoming birthday. Due to lack of funds a friend of mine was working on getting a discounted ticket for me from a connect at Southwest, but it turned out to be much easier said than done. So here comes my birthday, which is steadily approaching in June, and my bank account has yet to be on swole. Serving tables puts a little something something in my pocket, but not enough to comfortably purchase a round trip ticket across the nation and pay bills. So I was just about ready to give up on my California dreaming when I got a little piece of divine intervention.

I’ve got an Aunt who will be traveling to the lovely city of Sacremento for two weeks, including the week of my birthday, and needs someone to travel with her. Her intended travel companion had an egagegement to attend and couldn’t make it so guess who was asked to fill in….you shouldn’t have to guess that hard. I once had a friend who always used to say God works  in myserious ways. Truly. Ha, I am not ashamed at all to say I’m trippin like a kid going to the mall to sit in Santa’s lap for the first time. California is a foreign country to me. Everybody I’ve ever met who is from there makes it seem like it’s the place to be. I’ve been told I’ll love it, I’ll never want to leave it. We’ll see about that. There’s a lot Cali has to offer but I’ve managed to pin down five things that put it at the top of my list….

5. California knows how to party. Thats what Roger Troutman said, and summer of 95′ that’s all a young girl heard.

4. Marijuana is legal. They know what’s up. A little bit of greenery never hurt anybody and it has medicinal properties that counteract everything from depression to post traumatic stress disorder. I’ve heard time and time again that Cali has the best bud hands down, hmmmm……

3. This commercial

wine and food….i love wine and food

2. The beautiful people. It seems like California is just one big pot of beautiful black, brown, red, yellow, white and everything in between. Maybe it’s the climate but it seems like 2 out of 3 people from the Sunshine state are always beautiful and the odd one out is just real interesting to look at

1. Cultural healing. California is arguably one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the united states. Though racism existed nation-wide,  California was the first place in America to become synonomous with diversity, the first true ‘melting pot’. Many African- americans who found life in the harsh racial climate of the north and south too much to bear found some type of peace here . California was home to not only large numbers of african- americans but, native americans, carribeans, south americans, east asians, central asians and european idividuals as well. It’s a place with an eclectic culture and unique stories ; from the gold rush, to the Black Panther party, to the LA and Watts riots, to Castro Street, to Leimert Park to Hollywood to South Central. Its a state with plenty personality and I’ve always had this romantic notion of it being a modern-day carbon copy of it’s wild wild west beginnings. Tupac said it best …”only in cali where we riot not rally to live and die…”

Everytime I think of riding down some palm tree lined street with the wind in my hair and the sun on my back this song always comes to mind


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