Monday, September 1, 2008

Welcome to California!


Welcome, fellow Blog Around the World bloggers, to California! My adopted state. I’m originally from Orlando, Florida, but I’ve lived here in L.A. for 12 years now. Los Angeles, CA is just like Orlando, Florida. That is, if you take away the rain, humidity, 3-inch flying cockroaches, fire ants, mosquitoes and add mountains. In other words… Los Angeles is PERFECT.


But we’ll get to L.A. in a minute. First, some facts about California that you may not know.

Did you know…

California is the leading dairy state, produces more milk, Mozzarella and Monterey Jack Cheese, butter, ice cream and yogurt than any other state. Yeah, I didn’t know that either.

Here’s my favorite California Cheese commercial…





Hey did you know California is the largest agricultural state in the U.S.?
Me neither.



90% of the nation’s crop of avocados are produced in California. They even have avocados as a topping at our Subways. Mmmm…. Avocados. I hated them when I moved here and would never eat guacamole because it looks like… well, you know what it looks like. But you can’t avoid the avocados and guacamole if you make California your home. Well, I suppose you could, but then you’d be weird. Now I make a mean guacamole that makes native Californians doubt my Florida heritage.


California produces 83% of all the strawberries grown in the U.S. Did you know… If all the strawberries produced in California this year were laid berry to berry, they’d wrap around the world 15 times. For goodness sake… who comes up with this stuff? That’s just silly. I’ll tell you what’s not silly… Oxnard Strawberries, that’s what. You have not tasted a strawberry until you’ve had one from Oxnard. Well, actually you might have tasted a strawberry, but not a very good one. Oxnard strawberries are huge and taste like they’ve been rolled in sugar. (which I would say is probably the best way to eat a non-Oxnard strawberry) If you rolled an Oxnard strawberry in sugar, your head would probably explode. I wouldn’t recommend it.


California is Garlic capital of the world. Do I really need to say more than that?

Of course there are many other things that are produced in California, but I’m not going to go into them, because, honestly, I’m only covering the ones that interest me. I’m like that.


Another totally useless fact about California: 1 out of every 8 United States residents lives in California. The other 7 wish they did.


More useless trivia: Barbies, wet suits, blue jeans, the computer "mouse", White Zinfandel and theme parks were all invented in California.


But let’s move on to L.A. and the whole reason I was uprooted from my hot and sticky hometown to the City of Angels… MOVIES, MOVIES, MOVIES. My husband works in the film industry as a Re-recording Mixer, mixing sound effects into movies. (he'll be working on "Twilight" at the end of this month! I'm hoping for a sneak peek.)

The film industry dominates this town. This town is full of wannabe actors, directors, and screenwriters who came to L.A. to get into the “business”. These would probably be the ones taking your order when you go out to eat.


I could go on about common-place celebrity sightings at restaurants, grocery stores and church, but that would probably bore you. When I first moved here, I kept a mental checklist of all the celebrities I had run into. But a year later, the sheer amount of celebrity encounters had exceeded my memory capacity, and, well, there you go.

Speaking of L.A.… the L.A. County Fair is coming up next month. You know, where all the little children of Los Angeles get to learn the difference between a cow, pig, sheep, goat and chicken.

I’ll leave you with two of my favorite L.A. County Fair Commercials, which I think touches on a bit of our unique culture…






I'm, like, totally stoked you guys stopped by! That would be, like, way sweet if you came back to chill in my crib again sometime. Later!

67 comments:

  1. Haha, I loved this! Of COURSE I know all that info... any homeschooling mom who's taught 4th grade has those details burned into her brain. Jackie's in 4th this year, so I get to study it all again. Woo hoo. Gotta love California! Btw, don't you hate it when people say "Cali"? :{

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  2. I love love your house!! Your blog style is wonderful!!

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  3. I wanna come visit. We went on a hike today in the North Cascades and it was COLD!
    I LOVE avacados. and the commercials were funny. Happy spotlight day!

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  4. Hi from Hungary, those commericials are hysterical... I might need to post them on my blog... they are so funny. Wow.

    Thanks for sharing... I really enjoyed reading your blog!
    julie

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  5. Hi Julie! That was so much fun!! I will be back to watch the commercials but for now I have to get my kids off to their first day of school. Have fun!

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  6. Somehow I didn't realize you were over there!

    It sounds like a nice place to live.

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  7. Great post! I love all the commercials! haha
    I've never been to California, but hope to make it there one day!
    Patti from Texas

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  8. Hi! I'm stopping by from Louisiana! Thanks for the great tour!

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  9. I seriously love the purple house. I also love the blog and it's content. Will have to add you to my blog roll.

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  10. I love California! I too love those cow commericials-I am so easy to entertain!
    I liked in Las Vegas for 12 years and saw a long list of celebrities also- and have forgetten who! Of course, they were not the BIG ones, but rather the ones hanging out in Vegas. I am now going to nose through the rest of your sight!

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  11. I'm originally from England and I have been lucky enough to travel to 35 different states and I have always loved California (except the times I had to stay in Bakersfield *shudder*). LA is a favorite because they have lovely tea shops and I meet other English people. San Diego is just beautiful and I am fortunate I only live 4 hours away from San Francisco because I just love it there too. You are lucky to live in such an awesome state and by the way, I love your purple house!

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  12. Great!! Love your house and I want to visit. My brother is about to move to LA, so maybe I will get out there! congrats on being BATW today!

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  13. You know... I'm glad you mentioned avacados. They're definitely on my list of reasons to move to CA. That and learning to surf, cause everybody in CA surfs, right? ;)

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  14. Happy BATW Day!!

    i can't wait to check your blog again from home so I can see everything.

    Stupid work computer.

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  15. that was simply just great! i grew up in sand diego and (sorry to tell you) i am not on e of the 7 that wish i lived in california...once was enough, though i did enjoy it while it lasted.
    something funny that you might NOT know...and i learned the hard way. Filipino's and other Asian's dip their strawberries in SALT....yes you heard right...i learned that the hard way...b/c as we all know: salt and granulated sugar look exactly the same....who knew! but then, my littel 15 year-old mouth found out rather quick (i'm a sugar girl...and actually prefer powdered sugar on my strawberries)
    i think that i'll come and visit this winter...when the tourist crowds have thinned and the lines at disneyland aren't as long. :)

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  16. Your children are adorable. And you live in a Purple House I love that. I'm actor, so all now about Cali is about movies. Had no idea all the dairy and other products grown there. Had a wonderful time visiting. Hugs

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  17. Greetings from Texas and BATW! I am really enjoying your tour of CA and your blog.

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  18. OK...
    Debbie and I are breaking up. Why hasn't she sent me to your site before? Hello...a Sister in Christ, avocados, celebrity-sightings, home schooling (I have one in traditional 1st grade, and then I do Abeka's 3 year old program with my youngest), Dr. Pepper, AND a PURPLE house? I'm gonna faint dead away...you are so my kind of people. For real!

    Had fun...learned lots...will be back!

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  19. I think you blog is adorable!! I so want to come and have your guac! :) Thanks for the visit!

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  20. I'm in awe of your house .. I always thought that purple on a house made it look like a Willy Wonka creation but you've opened my eyes. I love it! My husband may not be so keen, but who says he has to know? I could get to the point of no return before he gets home. Things to remember when we buy a house :o)

    and those commercials .. wow! :o)

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  21. Loved the tour! Thanks for the laugh.

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  22. Great tour! I'm ready to come to LA now!

    My 7 yr old daughter once said (after seeing one of those cow commercials) "I want some happy California cheese!"

    Enjoy your BATW day :)

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  23. Stopping by from BATW. I loved your blog & I might need to visit you to get a taste of that guacamole - yummy!! Enjoy your day!!

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  24. Congrats on your BATW day!!

    First of all, those LA county fair commercials were HILARIOUS!!

    Second, I LOVE avocados, cheese, strawberries and Dr. Pepper. We could be friends!

    Except.....no animals for me.....I do think you slightly crazy for the menagerie.
    Oh well, we could still be friends!

    Have a great day!

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  25. I loved your little update. My native state is CA, just up the road a few hours near where the majority of those cows are raised.

    I love all those facts, as they are some of the ones I commonly share with folks here in Iowa.

    I also love the timing of this post as I'll be flying to CA in exactly two weeks to spend 15 days there hanging out with family and friends.

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  26. That was hysterical! I love the commercials. You so make me want to come to California!

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  27. Thanks for the tour! My sis and BIL live in Northern California, so I'm really a fan. Isn't BATW wonderful?

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  28. Hi from the Central Coast of California! (which, btw Ladies, is not at all like LA!)

    I just love those commercials. My daughter, who moved to Southern California two years ago, introduced me to them last year. Way funny!

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  29. Greetings from North Carolina! Thanks for the tour!

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  30. What a great post. Stopping by from BATW. Your blog is so cute.

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  31. I very much enjoyed my trip. You have a great blog.

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  32. Greetings from Mr. Oklahoma! What a great post! The picture of that garlic is beautiful! I've learned so much today! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day! Can't wait to read more! Nice to meet ya!

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  33. Loved my tour of California. Looks wonderful compared to what I am going through right now in Louisiana. We went to Disney in May and we loved the Soarin ride through your state. Hope to really visit one day.

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  34. Greetings from Wisconsin. Congrats on your day in the sun. I know California is the leading dairy stat however, we still have the title:-) Hee, hee, hee.

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  35. It's been fun hosting from CA with you. I loved all that you had to share. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting and hope to do it again some time.

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  36. Thank you for hosting us from BATW and letting us invade your blog! I loved all the little trivia you were able to tell us about! Some made me chuckle just a little bit!

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  37. Hi from BATW! Thanks for sharing :o)

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  38. What a fun stop on our BATW tour! I can't help smiling reading all your witty descriptions. And I'm glad you included the county fair commercials. I watched both and thought they were so cute! I scrolled back a bit through your blog and enjoyed my visit tremendously. Happy belated anniversary! And happy BATW day today!

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  39. Your blog is great! I really enjoyed your adoption video! Your family is simply beautiful :)

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  40. Your house is like totally cute!

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  41. Do you ever get whiplash from seeing so many celebs? I have family out in CA, and I love to visit. Must be just wonderful to live there. Thanks for the tour!

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  42. Absolutely LOVE your purple house. you are my kind of gal! My favorite color is purple too! Thanks for the wonderful facts about L.A. Great post! Now I have to go find some strawberries. Thanks. ;)

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  43. Thanks for all of the random info on Cali. I have been there often and never knew any of these factoids. Visiting by way of BATW.

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  44. Happy BATW day!
    Great post about California. I've been to your great state a couple times visiting my cousins. I'd love to come back soon.

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  45. I don't think I knew the purple house was in Cali...

    Good to know. Answers soooo many questions ;)

    Great post!

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  46. I'm loving your purple house...and the cheese...and the strawberries...and the garlic! Not so much the picture of Richard Simmons :)

    I'm a fellow homeschooler too! Were you that worked up over the controversy this spring? I was and I wrote an open letter to California (well, on my blog at least). I'm pretty defensive about homeschooling.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  47. Hello from your old stomping grounds...awww come on you have to miss all the fun little creatures scurrying around don't ya?!
    Thanks for the LA tour...Lucky you to possibly get a sneak peak at Twilight!!

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  48. It's funny you put Richard Simmons on your blog. I lived in CA for 3 years (up in the Bay Area) I was in the L.A. airport one day and he was walking thru the terminal I was in. He was getting on a plane to New Orleans at Thanksgiving. I was going to Tampa, (I'm a FL girl too) now living in TX. Anyway. He was wearing those little shorts and that tank. I couldn't believe he never wears anything else. Anyway, loved reading your blog. I'm visiting via BATW. I'm glad you like living there. My husband would move back in a heartbeat. I'm uuuhhh...how do I put it nicely....wouldn't...
    Fun Blog!

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  49. Wow! Thanks for all the awesome facts. I knew a lot of the food ones because I was a culinary student, but the other ones I had no idea!

    I want avacado's at my subway! NOT FAIR!!! hehe

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  50. Hey there! I live in L.A. too. And believe it or not, I have never sighted a celebrity! Maybe I just don't go to the right places. Maybe it's because I'm not that into celebrities so I just don't see them. Oh well. My friend works for Nicholas Cage. I keep threatening to show up at his work and make a fool of myself.

    LOL!

    Enjoying your blog!

    Daja

    www.gombojav.blogspot.com

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  51. I loved those Commercials!

    I use to live in LA and in Orlando (Kissimmee) too! I loved Orlando better, lol, that is probably because I worked at WDW.

    I love twilight! That is so cool that your husband is working on the sound for it.

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  52. I forget everything Debbie said after the word "twilight". You know I love ya', Jules...

    but...

    you were holding out on me! I feel so betrayed.

    ;)

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  53. I forget everything Debbie said after the word "twilight". You know I love ya', Jules...

    but...

    you were holding out on me! I feel so betrayed.

    ;)

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  54. Ummm... I have no idea why it posted twice. maybe I'm just really excited?

    Mwwwaaahhhh!

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  55. loved learning about california. a friend of mine is a freshwoman at Pepperdine and i have been contemplating a visit out there (i have been once). by the way, BATW blog says your hubby is on a very exciting movie project???!?!? you just get cooler and cooler in my book.

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  56. Just catching up on my BATW business. And you're right about wanting to live in California! I was in San Francisco a couple of months ago and I thought, "If only they cut the rent by a third, I would totally live here." I just love the weather (of your area more than the Bay area) and the multiculturalness.

    I love the purple blog and purple house!

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  57. I am WAY late on my journey from BATW, but I wanted to stop in and say "Hey!" from Mississippi. Those County Fair commercials were HILARIOUS! My favorite was the sweater one. Duh!

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  58. There is no way I'm going to be able to top this, as a fellow Californian. GREAT post!

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  59. Hi Julie! Better late than never from Minnesota. Avocadoes...yummmm!! Wishing I were on my way!

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  60. Manhattan beach is one of my favorite places. I used to live in Claremont when I went to Scripps College. It was there that I learned just how East Coast I really am.

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  61. I live in the L.A. area, and have seen lots of celebrities over the years. Yesterday, while in Pasadena, I saw a news man (whose name escapes me) and his wife, shopping at Pier 1. I saw Faith Ford at the Burbank Airport in June. I saw Preston Sharp from Extreme Makeover, Home Edition, at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Pasadena recently. I have celebrity radar, though, unlike my friend, Daja. :-)

    I am thrilled to have found your blog.

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  62. OK I came back to watch the videos, and we are all laughing at my house. We have a funny story about my two year old calling the cow in the dairy section a horse. She really knew better, but she was yanking our chains. A lady came up and told us we needed to get that girl to a farm.

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  63. We lived in Northern CA for six wonderful years, your post makes me long for Sonoma Valley, the Garlic Festival in Gilroy, the year round fresh strawberries from the farmer's market, and funny enough I too didn't ever eat avacados until I moved to Cali. Now I miss them and they are way expensive here in MI.

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