I used to really dislike California. It was my 7th-9th grade "I'm so cool and different" phase. I hate how hot it was, the way valley girls spoke, and how everyone cared way too much about the Kardashians and stupid boys who shouldn't be famous.
Then, I realized how cool California is; the surfing culture, San Francisco, all of the beautiful mountains up where it actually snows, the sunrises along the beach, etc. I got a mix CD from a pen pal in England a few weeks ago, and when I popped it in the car on the drive up to San Francisco, the opening track ("California Daze" by Peace) fit perfectly with the mood and the scenery.
My best friend took this picture of me at the skate park in Venice Beach. It's so California. I wish I could skate... Oh well!!