Though I no longer live there, it holds my past in its hands.
I remember spending Christmas Day on the beach in Santa Barbara playing volleyball while the Santa Ana winds blew warm air around me.
And my summers knew no boundaries.
...but all this abundance of beauty, fun, and sunshine has a downside.
How could anything possibly go wrong when life ambles along so comfortably?
But it doesn't...not really. All the fun in the sun merely puts off the inevitable.
But there remains a stranglehold on politics which places only moderates on the ballot box year after sunny year and conservatives have no choice but to vote for them if they're going to vote at all.
Living in another state for the past few years has given me some perspective on what my home is doing politically. The demographics shift and change continuously, but it is too large a state and much too diverse to ever pin down with a generalization.
...and then something extraordinary happened.
I began to realize what a blessing it was that this radical progressive implemented his version of utopia. We finally got to see it unravel.
And it reminded the rest of us that we have a voice in government. That the hypnotist who pacificed our wills with visions of prosperity, peace and the very earth tamed beneath his benevolence...was all an illusion.
Last night the voters of my home state had a chance to put a moderate in the senate and fiscally responsible business woman at the helm of a sinking economy.
Even with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country; industry strangled by environmental hooey, and an education system down the rabbit hole...California was too scared to vote for moderate change and so kept the spare change of Obama's liberal promises.
Timing. Is. Everything.
It falling, but it hasn't hit bottom.
And that means a conservative doesn't need to be moderate to win in California...they just need to be there at the right time.
The time when Californians tire of seeing their lovely state sink into the welfare hole.
And my fellow Californians will finally take out that spare change and toss it aside.