There`s No Other State Like California

March 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm 2 comments

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California
After living in California for many years, I feel I’ve earned the right to be called a Californian. And why not? I’ve faithfully paid my share of the state and sales taxes, driven its freeways, marveled at the beauty of its parks, and engaged in the good life that its weather and clean living provide. However, like the herd of Californians leaving the Golden State, I feel that the well is drying up. As more and more well-paying jobs go overseas, I can sense the demise of my career. It maybe time to move on.

The question is where? According to statistics, Californians are heading to nearby states, such as Washington, Arizona, Montana, Nevada, Colorado, and Oregon. With their good looks and deep pockets, you’d think they would be welcomed anywhere. But, sadly, the opposite is true. They are treated like a plague wherever they go.

In Oregon and Idaho, natives put on bumper stickers that say not to “Californicate” their state.

In Montana, natives are forced to swallow their pride and finally admit that their state sucks. Wisely, they advise the newcomers to go back to where they came from and tell the others, too.

It’s an irony that states which I won’t identify for fear of offending them will continue providing one-way tickets to their poor homeless folks with mental illness to California. But I digress.

Anyway, I wonder what this animosity against ex-Californians is all about. Does jealousy have something to do with it? Does economics? Does attitude play a part? Based on what people say, it has to do with all of these. But attitude is perhaps the main culprit.

One of the things a former Californian will find when he moves is that there’s no other state like California. For one thing, it will not be as friendly and as accommodating and as tolerant as the state he leaves behind. He’d face a big cultural divide. As a new kid on the block, he’d be expected to respect other people’s religious and more conservative beliefs as well as their rights to smoke, carry firearms, hunt for fun, and drive gas-guzzling pick-up trucks. In addition, he’d be advised that it’s not his god-given right to proselytize about the liberal views of his former state. Otherwise, he’d find himself unwelcome in a hurry.

Under the circumstances, the best thing to do is for him to be patient and to keep a low profile. Once the dreaded virus that he carries starts to spread, culture change is inevitable.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. skippyheart  |  March 18, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    I have been a long time Californian myself but decided to take a leap of faith last year and decided to move to Nevada. I’m happy to say that my experience here so far as a Nevadan have been welcoming….and I’m looking forward to whatever this new home state of mine still has to offer. 🙂

    • 2. plaridel  |  March 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm


      it was a big move on your part. i’m glad it’s working for you. 🙂


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