Sunny Southern California is one of the most desired places to live. Who would be mad at warm weather year round? Sometimes it dips into the ’40s in the winter (at least on the coast) but who can’t handle that? And if snow and colder weather is your thing, there’s always a mountain range within a few hours’ drive.
Is That Rain?
California natives Alexia Bullard and Melissa Adams help dive in on this topic and the number one way to tell you are from Southern California according to them is if rain is a foreign weather condition to you. “We’re just not quite sure how to handle that wet stuff falling from the sky,” said Bullard. It rains so little, that when that wet stuff does fall from the sky, drivers forget how to drive. Students ditch school because “rain”.
There are a few that enjoy it immensely because it happens so rarely. Also, be prepared to receive a flash flood warning buzzing on your smartphone.
You can tell someone is from Southern California by several types of footwear they wear. We will go over another kind later on but for starters, we can discuss Vans. If someone from California is traveling to another state you can almost bet it’s a sure thing they will bring a pair of Vans with them.
Vans are primarily or originally skater shoes but everyone has adopted them as their own go-to shoe in California. Especially everyone who lives near the beach. Bet your bottom dollar there is at least one pair of Vans in nine out of ten households.
Beach in the Winter
California is one of the most prominent coastal states in the U.S. and Southern California is home to some of the most iconic beaches in the country. On top of that, coastal California only has mild winters. In other words, it would pretty hard to go to the beach in New York during the winter. The image you see below is of Venice Beach in Los Angeles in mid-December.
“Not only are you able to go the beach during the months when everyone else is bundled up in every coat, scarf, and flannel shirt they own, but you go repeatedly,” said Bullard. It isn’t fair to the other states but we are not complaining.
Oh, Cool Another Fire
This is for sure more prevalent in Southern California than in the rest of the state, and it is always on residents’ minds during the hottest months. In the summer, the dry heat and fierce winds often create wildfires. There have been some occasions when citizens have started the fires but for the most part, they start on accident but they do not phase us. Just more filler for the news stations.
“Summer means everything is going to be on fire. It happens every single year, and is no longer even surprising or shocking. A careless driver flicks a cigarette butt out the window on the freeway, and fires are spreading a few moments later,” said Bullard.
We could make a whole list of the advantages of living in Southern California and make every point be a different menu item from In-N-Out but we will refrain because we do not want to make every other state jealous. Instead, we will condense it to about two facts regarding In-N-Out.
“California is the home of In-N-Out, and pretty much everyone loves Animal Style Fries. When you move away from California, you will still crave In-N-Out,” said Bullard. Sure, people can have different opinions on burger tastes but the animal fries are otherworldly.
No Jacket Needed
Who needs a jacket? Not the Southern Californians. Even though there may be some days where it is potentially cold enough to wear a jacket in the morning, it won’t be worth it later on in the day. The weather really does not prompt you to wear one at all unless it is raining on those rare occasions.
“It’s easier to not wear one, than to have to carry it around with you the rest of the day. In fact, you probably don’t really own a thick jacket at all. Your jackets are cute, but not all that functional,” said Bullard.
Word around town is that when you are in school in other states when it is time for your physical activity class it gets called gym. Nothing is wrong with that by any means. The thing is, in Southern California, and all of the state in general, they call it something different. You could hear the kids walking down the hall saying something like time to go to P.E.! P.E. just stands for physical education.
“This class also takes place outside. It’s only inside if it’s raining, and then you just know you’re going to be playing Dodgeball,” said Bullard. Once again, don’t expect too much rain.
The 20th Day of April
On April 20, one can expect high schools to be particularly empty. Or at least lacking in the usual student count. This is known as the unofficial ditch day in California and we could go into detail but that would not be universally appropriate. Just know that on this day, expect people to be a lot more friendly.
“Even the teachers expect smaller class sizes on that day. It’s just accepted,” said Bullard. If you have not caught on as to what goes down on this day even with the picture above then you are just going to have to travel to Southern California and find out.
You Have to Travel to Find Snow
Just like rain, you know you are from Southern California if you do not know what a snow day is. Better yet, you also know if you have to drive a pretty good distance just to experience some snow. Many from SoCal have not even been in the snow before if you can believe that.
“You have to drive up north to a special location, such as Big Bear, in order to see snow. It just doesn’t happen, especially in Southern California,” said Bullard. Some Southern Californians love the snow and take that long drive to Big Bear all winter so they can hit the slopes.
Some may not be too proud of this, but hey, Donald Trump is now the president. You know you are from California if you had the ability to call your governor “The Governator.” Not everybody had the Terminator as their state decision maker.
How he even won is something up for debate because many didn’t even know he had a political background. Didn’t he just spend his time lifting weights and acting in films? However, it would seem that he is not the only actor who wanted to be a politician. And many would prefer to have him back if it meant not having the current president in office anymore. Hindsight!
Rents Are High
You know you are from Southern California if rent in Kansas City for a two bedroom apartment is only $535 but you are stuck paying triple that! They say you are paying for the weather, but does the weather really mean prices need to be inflated? If that is some tactic to keep people from out of the state is not working.
“Rent, auto insurance, and even clothes are priced higher in California than they are elsewhere throughout the country. Most things are at least twice as expensive in California than it is anywhere else,” said Bullard. Make sure you have your money right if you decide to move to SoCal.
The Secret Menu
Back to In-N-Out because California natives run on In-N-Out. We brought up animal fries earlier but now we just we jam pack everything important about this haven in this slide. They have a secret menu and you know you are from California if you remember the whole secret menu.
“Your usual order: animal style, a fresh beef patty with mustard baked in, slathered with tangy Thousand Island and onions hot off the grill. When you’re feeling healthy: protein style, which swaps the bun for a lettuce leaf,” said Adams. With so many options you can’t help but love it at In-N-Out.
Earthquakes Are Second Nature
For those lucky enough to live in Southern California, they do have to consider the possibility of natural disasters. They especially have to worry about the threat of a powerful earthquake. However, there are also plenty of earthquakes all the time that are not dangerously powerful and folks just send a text to one another asking if you felt that.
Unless it is the end of the world and an Earth-splitting quake is happening, the only problem Southern Californians have with earthquakes is when they wake them up in the middle of the night. The image above is the result of a big earthquake that happened in Los Angeles.
You know good and well you are from SoCal if you sport sandals any time of the year and question if you should just wear them every day. The weather permits for these situations so how can blame the Southern Californians? You will probably run out of fingers if you try and count on your hand how many people you pass walking down the street in sandals.
“You consider flip-flops appropriate for most occasions. For weddings and funerals, you wear fancy sandals,” said Adams. The funny part is that the wedding part is not a joke. Expect to see some fancy sandals at a wedding.
Dank Is Just… Dank
The lingo in SoCal could be a bit confusing. If one says “yeah, no” it means no and “no, yeah” means yes, get it? It’s okay if you can’t keep up. You’ll get there. Another one of the words you need to be familiar with is the word dank. It has a different definition in the dictionary but if someone says dank just know it’s a good thing.
Adams says it “describes anything especially good, as in, ‘This burger is dank.’ While Merriam-Webster defines ‘dank’ as ‘wet and cold in a way that is unpleasant,’ the word refers to tasty food.” It’s often used to describe really good food.
You know you are from Southern California when at least one of your friends is trying to make it “big.” Whether it be in the music business, acting, or modeling someone you know is trying to make it in some shape or form. And you can either support them or patiently wait for them to give up on their dreams.
“Several of your friends are trying to break into The Industry. Between casting calls and auditions, they bartend or wait tables in Hollywood,” said Adams. Hey, you have to do what you have to do when you are chasing lofty dreams. Just don’t be that person who “hates” on them.
Sports Are Big
You know you are from Southern California if you bleed blue or purple and gold. The sports fans know that means you are a die hard Dodger or Lakers fan no matter how bad their season has been or will be. No more Kobe, no problem, the future is here. Los Angeles sports fans are impossible to argue with.
“You’re smitten by at least one LA sports team. Whether it’s the Dodgers, Angels, Clippers, Lakers, Kings, or Ducks, you’ll watch them in action, live, or on the tube,” said Adams. With so many championships between those teams, LA sports fans feel invincible.
Snoop Double O G
You may be questioned if you claim you are from Southern California and you don’t know at least partial lyrics to one Snoop Dogg song. You know you are from California if you can recite or even sing back the chorus of a Snoop Dogg song. It is just in your veins.
The rapper from Long Beach made a career off of hard sounding club-friendly rap music. In the ’90s and early 2000s, many of his songs were all over the radio and they were extra catchy. Just always remember that it ain’t “Nuthin’ But a G Thang” baby.
The Mexican Food
Being so close to the country of Mexico, it is only natural that Mexican cuisine has slipped into the SoCal culture. You know you are from the Golden state if located at just about every corner there is a Mexican food place. And the only problem with this is when they run out of carne asada fries!
“You consider tacos and burritos major food groups. When abroad, you miss Mexican food more than family and friends,” said Adams. This is very accurate. You grow to love the food and when you can’t easily obtain it, it is almost like torture.
The Dreaded 405
You know for a fact you are from California if you know the despair that comes with traveling on the 405 freeway! The traffic in California is higher than usual already, but the traffic on this freeway is second to none. You would think people would have figured a new route around it but it always seemed to be crowded no matter what time of the day it is.
Just look at the picture above. That freeway is the definition of bumper to bumper deadlock traffic. If you have somewhere to be and your route goes through here then you better leave an hour and a half earlier.