It's So Cal

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

It's where palm trees lose their heads in fierce winter storms.

Monday, March 10, 2014

It's the guy hydrobiking in the waters off of Salt Creek Beach.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

It's where your toddler thinks rain is an alien phenomenon.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

(Crow in a coral tree)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

(Venice Pier)

Friday, February 21, 2014

(Dana Point Harbor)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

(Salt Creek Beach)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

It's strolling around historic downtown Orange on a Sunday night and overhearing three conversations, two of which were directly about God. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It's the high school boys' cross country team jogging with their shirts off in mid-February.

Monday, February 17, 2014

It's the big and tall dude at the Redbox wearing a grey Polo shirt, khaki shorts and shearling Ugg boots.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

It's another message from the electronic road work sign in Dana Point; this one proclaiming that "Dreams do come true."

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It’s the teenage boys at the skate park doing more YouTubing than skateboarding.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It's the baby boomer biker buds stopping to sniff the lavender growing in the planter on a Laguna Beach sidewalk.  

Monday, January 27, 2014


(Winter Wonderland, SoCal style)

Friday, January 24, 2014

From Jeanine: It's when the meteorologist announces "bone-chilling cold" for a temp of 32F.

Thursday, January 23, 2014


(If you squint a little bit, the water in the Dana Point Harbor almost looks like snow.)
From Jeanine: It's the guy in the bike lane near the I-5 on ramp zipping along on roller skates, talking on a cell phone.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Even the City of Laguna Beach can't afford to live in Laguna Beach. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

It's this Trans Amerca, a perfect example of misguided OC car patriotism:

It's this troca, slowly pulling onto the I-5 north, with driver on cellphone:

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

It's where you take a walk at the beach and run into this:

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

It’s this view of the Saddleback Valley from the Aliso Summit Trail:

Monday, March 25, 2013

It’s almost sitting on this little slithery venomous badass (otherwise known as a juvenile southern pacific rattlesnake -- the most unpredictable and temperamental of our local rattlesnakes) while taking a break during a 12-mile hike.

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It's So Cal is a space where I will comment upon the fascinating and baffling desert in which I live, Southern California. The name comes from one of the greatest movie lines in one of the greatest movies of all time, which also takes place in Southern California, Chinatown. My version: "Forget it, Stacey. It's So Cal."

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