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The California 'Mordida'

Pheron Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 7:26 PM
Sorry Victor, CA does not have the best weather in the nation, Hawaii does. I moved to the Bay Area after living 6 years in Hawaii and I froze for the three years I was there before I could escape. It can be 110 in Martinez and 45 in the city only 20 miles away. I learned the hard way at a Giants game of how fast the cold can come in. People call it the golden state...that is not golden, that is dead grass, it doesn't rain 6 months of the year. I escaped to Houston as soon as I could and found a wonderful home there with wonderful people. I wasn't born there, but it is definately where I consider home.
Earl29 Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 7:50 PM
I froze to death one July night walking guard duty on San Francisco Bay wearing just about every piece of uniform I could wear including scarf and pea coat. Then I went to Hawaiil courtesy of Uncle Sam and thawed out.
Earl29 Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 7:52 PM
Okay, it was actually April, but it might has well have been July.
Recovered Lib Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 8:34 PM
That's why Mark Twain said (to paraphrase), "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."

California now works on the principle of the mordida, or "bite." Its government assumes that it can take something extra from residents for the privilege of living in their special state.

Gov. Jerry Brown made that assumption explicit in his latest back-and-forth with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who keeps luring Californians to lower-tax, higher-employment Texas. Recently, Brown said of Texas, "Who would want to spend summers there in 110-degree heat inside some kind of fossil fuel air conditioner?"

Translated, Brown's retort meant that despite California's sluggish economy, high taxes and poor services, it's still worth staying there to enjoy its beautiful...