Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Same planet, different worlds...

Why does the sight of this make me want to set up a huge smoker full of ribs and a clay pigeon thrower on the beach upwind of them?

Well, I don't want to badly enough to drive to California. Nothing personal to my CA readers, embattled islands of sanity that y'all are, but I wouldn't cross the California state line to pick up a hundred dollar bill lying on the ground two feet inside it.

(H/T to Victory Soap.)

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

I feel the same way about Massachusetts. There ain't no way that I'm going there.

Tokarev

Kaylee said...

Somehow the tinfoil just says it all.

The earthquake can't come fast enough.

Byron said...

It always warms my heart, to find someone who feels the same way about CA as I do. After living there for 29 years, I regularly hear the wails and lamentations of friends and family who are upset that I refuse to visit. I just wish Oregon would build a wall to keep the D#$& Californians out. Too many of 'em here, already.

Tennessee Budd said...

I have friends who live there. I've told them the same: no offense, but no way you'll catch me in the Cereal State.

phlegmfatale said...

You know, San Francisco is also in the news today because some local young toughs beat up a visiting Yale choir over the holidays, kicking the stuffing out of them in the street whilst calling them unkind terms for homosexual.
Check it out at http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/01/10/BAGPQNG2MM1.DTL
Clearly, we can learn a lot about peace,love, and tolerance from the haters in SF. Whatever.

phlegmfatale said...

Tokarev - my friend in Rhode Island calls them "Massholes."

emitt said...

Oh, for the lack of a good gunship with a couple of mounted thirty cals in order make the world a better place.

rickn8or said...

Spent twelve of my 21-year military career as a federal prisoner in CA.

Morning sun in my eyes, Needles in my rear view mirror, happiest day of my life.

Joe said...

Clay pigeon thrower? I was thinking more along the lines of a couple of M-240's and having the beaten zone intersect right there! The ribs is still a good idea...

Yea, they do call people from MA " massholes " and I do find it amusing. Don't count me into one of those - I'm just here for the job and thinking about leaving.

Joe R.

David said...

Not everyone in CA is a fruitcake. However there are so few of us that our voices go unheard. If you get away from the coast you will find some small conservative areas where many good folks are treading water like crazy trying to stay afloat in this swirling cesspool that we call The Golden State.

So why don't I leave? Show me a town in the United States with a population less than 25,000 people, where I can stay in the Civil Service and continue my engineering career developing weapons for the US military, the golf course charges less than $20 a round and is open 365 days a year and the nearest big city with all its big city problems is over 100 miles away.

Find me a town like that with a small private school that needs a girls volleyball coach, where hunting and fishing are within an hour drive and there is a Lutheran church or two to chose from and I'll move tomorrow.

david said...

amend that last sentence -

Change I'll move tomorrow.
To: I'll move in November.

I promised two of my volleyball players that I would be their coach again this fall so I won't be able to move until the season ends.

DirtCrashr said...

The funny thing is these faux-hipster anti-war biodynamic vegan Collectivists who protest are so aware and "environmentally tuned-in" that they lie in the sand of a beach drenched by seal urine and ground-in feces, and a hundred-thousand dog-poops besides. Way to go smarties.
With that display of native intelligence on-tap they look with unveiled contempt upon anybody who actually has a family calling them "breeders" - and have resolved not to further burden the precious environment (about which their infinite wisdom is beyond reporach as noted above) in such a people-populating way - they have wild zen-tantric-tattoo-spastic-sex but do not actually reproduce. Additionally they have isolated themselves into a 46.7 square mile zone that is surrounded by ocean on three sides with only one mountainous land-link, a small zone is also (and proudly!) world-famous for regularly-occuring tectonic disasters of magnificent and titanic porportions - that is WHEN, not "if"...

rickn8or said...

Roger that David.

The only thing that made the whole thing bearable was the seven years at Pt. Mugu. Unfortunately, that was befored-and-aftered with tours in the Bay Area. (Moffett Field).

DirtCrashr said...

Moffet Field is my town. :-)

Don Meaker said...

I understand your feelings. I am still here to work for a defense contractor, and to do missionary work.

Retirement: West Texas, by preference.

Don Meaker said...

As for a small town with lots of stuff: Consider Sealy Texas. They make trucks for the US Army, Prairie View A&M is rather close, and Houston is 50 miles away.

I spend 4 rather happy years there. There are some civil service engineers there who work the acceptance tests for the FMTV trucks.

Nice people too.

Jay G said...

Ahem.

Not EVERYONE in Massachusetts is a raving liberal. There are some of us conservatives left. All eight of us, and I'm not sure about two of the other guys...

We *are* Massholes, though. :)

Anonymous said...

California? No thanks. It's a shame, really. Spend a short time there while attending Infantry Training School at Camp Pendleton as a young Marine back in the '80's. Beautiful beaches and beautiful girls, but wouldn't move there now for real money. Too much nanny-state nonsense, especially after spending the last 15+ years in the Great State of Georgia.

BRB said...

As a SoCal native I have to jump in. It was a great place to grow up during the fifties and sixties. We (me,ms, and baby) left in 1972. We have visited several time since; some of the landmarks are still there, but the people are all strangers. Stranger still are the politics and I am a self-confessed liberal. But given who have taken up the liberal flag, I may have to re-label to a GDI. (Goddamned independent.)

BRB

Suzy's DH said...

Forget the ribs, we need a wild game BBQ! That ought to really piss 'em off.

1894C said...

Yeah! What Jay G said:

"Not EVERYONE in Massachusetts is a raving liberal. There are some of us conservatives left. All eight of us..."

Make that 9 of us.

Talk about behind enemy lines, you have no idea!

DirtCrashr said...

Hey, I know a right-wing Capitalist Massholian who has a CCW permit somewhere around the 01004 zip-code.
He's trying to sell his business and move...

Ulises from CA said...

I remember growing up in Lynwood (pop. 20000) CA. in the 70's. Before the Century freeway gutted the downtown business district & GM & Firestone shut down their plants, the place was rather decent to live in. We didn't have to start locking our doors until Ford's presidency (& I lived on Long Beach Blvd.!).

The city's gone to Hell. Gangs & drugs have overwhelmed the new Deputies which replaced the local Police. And what gets built: a PRISON!

I'm looking at VA, RI, NH, or even NM for our next home.

Wish we could take the weather with us, though.

P.S.
I'm still a crack shot with a rifle.

Matt said...

FWIW, unless you happened to be holding one of your guns in your hand at the moment you reached across, you could probably grab that hundred dollar bill while still keeping everything truly vital on the correct side of the state line. :)

But point definitely taken. I've long since lost count of the number of jobs I've had to turn down because they would have required residence in (or frequent travel to) California.