What's In This Blog

I created this blog for my journal. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this blog I keep many of the things I come across as a member of the church. I also share my experiences on the ACE Train and getting to work, my experiences in Manteca where we have lived for three years, and other things I think are noticeable.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

California: According to Good Clean Fun

I am ripping this off from Good Clean Fun.  I am publishing it in case anyone decides to visit.  We live in the area known as Central Valley, and described as the third most boring place in America.  Don't be fooled however.  Here in Manteca we have  Almond Blossoms, pumpkin fields, water melon fields and many other interesting things.   We also have Big League Dreams and Bass Pro Shop.

 From the GCF Archives

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GCF: Welcome to California

This was sent to me by a member of the Good Clean Fun mailing list. 
He wrote it for his son and daughter-in-law when they moved to 
California from the east coast. He indicated that there was talk 
about checking his medication after they had read it. -Tom


An introduction to the new resident to California.


Distance: Before you can understand the geography of California you 
must understand how we measure distance. There are no miles in 
California, only hours. Ask anyone in this state how far a place is 
from where you are and they will give you the distance in hours, not 
miles. To help new residents and Californians traveling to the east 
coast, the Los Angeles Times periodically publishes tables for 
converting hours to miles.

The state can be broken down into six distinct geographical areas:

Southern California - Southern California is the area bounded on the 
south by Mexico, on the east by the Mojave Desert, on the west by the 
Pacific Ocean, and extends to just north of Santa Barbara. The area 
includes Los Angeles and San Diego. There is a common misconception 
that people actually live in the
houses in Southern California. This is not true. Southern 
California is actually the world's only moving condominium.

Central California - Central California is the sparsely populated 
refugee center for Southern California that starts just north of 
Santa Barbara and extends to just south of San Francisco. The area 
is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean and the east by the Coast Range.

Northern California - Everything north of San Francisco. This is an 
area populated by trees and people disguised as trees.

Central Valley - The largest valley in the United States. Bounded on 
the north by Northern California, on the west by the Coast Range, on 
the east by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and on the south by the 
capital city of Oklahoma (Bakersfield). Probably the richest farming 
area in the world, the Central
Valley is the third most boring place in the country. Iowa and 
Kansas had the first two places already taken.

Mojave Desert - This area lies east of Southern California and south 
of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It extends into Nevada, Arizona, and 
Mexico. It is hot, dry, and inhospitable, but it is one of the great 
wonders of California. I must correct one common myth. The Mojave 
was not created by Charleton Heston for El Cid. It was created by 
Monte Hall for Let's Make a Deal.

Sierra Nevada - Humungous mountains along our eastern border.


California was originally settled by the Spanish. Spanish and Indian 
names are common in all of California.

Port Hueneme - Pronounced "wy nee mee" locally, it is pronounced "hew 
en a ma" by easterners. The eastern pronunciation actually is very 
close, since the word means "high colonic" in Spanish.

Point Mugu - Originally a home for near-sited explorers.

Camarillo - Pronounced "cam a ree yo". Currently the location of a 
hospital for the criminally insane, the name means "say what?" in Spanish.

Los Angeles - Literally "the angels". The name is derived from a 
local baseball team.

San Diego - This is actually a mispronunciation of the Spanish words 
for a self-centered beach worshiper.

Ojai - Pronounced "o hi" This is the first place the Spanish 
encountered local Indians.

Pismo Beach - Originally a convenience stop for the Spanish explorers.

Arroyo Grande - "Large creek" in Spanish. Named shortly after Pismo Beach.

Oceano - The "ocean" in Spanish. Named shortly after Arroyo Grande 
(there were a lot of explorers).

Grover Beach - Settled by a guy named Grover who settled here knowing 
all about Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, and Oceano.

San Francisco - Named for the patron saint of strange people.


California has four distinct seasons:
Summer - hot, earthquakes
Fall - wild fires, earthquakes
Winter - rains, earthquakes
Spring - mud slides, earthquakes


California has almost every style of food, but Mexican food must be 
explained. Mexican food has three types - real Mexican food only for 
the purists, Mexican-American food for most of us, and Taco Bell for 
the tourists. Real Mexican salsa has been produced in large 
quantities recently since it has been found that it can be used as 
both a food and a paint remover.

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