California Native

20 signs that California love runs through your veins.

1. You have militant opinions about what should go inside a burrito.

2. You think flip-flops are appropriate footwear for most occasions.

3. You know what I mean by “the 101.”

4. You call everyone “dude” at some point in your life. 

5. You are prepared to camp at a moment’s notice.

6. You have never once referred to San Francisco as “Frisco.”

7. You agree with the statement “Avocado makes everything better.”

8. You have a decreased sense of urgency about just about everything.

9. Except for when you’re stuck in traffic. Then “Road Rage” is your middle name.

10. Tapatio trumps Cholula or Tabasco every time.

11. You mastered the art of passing through border security at the age of 16, when you used to party down in TJ. (And you don’t need someone to explain to you what “TJ” is.)

12. You would never order off the regular menu at In-N-Out.

13. You didn’t even know “seasonal produce” existed.

14. Anything under 65 degrees is jacket weather. And anything under 50 degrees is just freezing.

15. June Gloom is both a horrible weather condition — fog and grey skies IN THE SUMMER — and an accompanying equally depressing state of mind.

16. Your sense of geography about the rest of the country is maaaaaybe a little off, considering most of the driving you’ve done has been in-state.

17. You owned a pair of Uggs before they were in.

18. You overtly identified as “Californian” over “American.”

19. Growing up, you learned how to ski, surf, sail or all three.

20. You don’t understand why other states have so many bugs outside during the summer months.

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155 comments on “20 SIGNS YOU’RE FROM CALIFORNIA

  1. I must take exception to #6. ‘Frisco’ is what the working class called the city, and this whole “Don’t call it ‘Frisco’ ” thing is part of a huge whitewash of the entire working class history of the city. A whitewash of the fact that it was once a very strong, proud, union town. An obliteration of the memory of the 1934 strike. It’s in honor of that history that I proudly call my former home ‘Frisco’.

    • Kathy Chamberlain on said:

      Folks who had family who grew up there . . My Dad was born and raised there and would be 102 now and all my siblings were . . absolutely HATED it to be called “Frisco”. Their hometown was and always will be San Francisco and nobody dared call it otherwise. He used to tell a story of feeling bad as a boy because he had rollerskates and not a bicycle until one day a man told him roller skates made him healthier!

      • Jshobe on said:

        Totally agree. I most often reflect on the time we just called it The City. Living in Palo Alto in the 60′s listening to my older brothers and sisters, who left home to move to The City in 1966, would never ever call it Frisco; San Francisco or The City.

      • you’re absolutely right….we’re native Californians, family living from San Diego to Eureka and none of us ever called San Francisco.. Frisco…..!!

    • Jerrold Buck on said:

      Lynne, I’m with you. Herb Caen used “Don’t Call It Frisco” as a title of one of his books in 1953. He borrowed it from a local judge’s 1918 rebuke to an out-of-town petitioner (“No one refers to San Francisco by that title except people from Los Angeles”)3.
      God Bless Harry Bridges and the ILWU which made San Fran a great port and mighty City.

    • Brenden on said:

      “Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard to utter the abominable word ‘Frisco,’ which has no linguistic or other warrant, shall be deemed guilty of a High Misdemeanor, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars.”
      -Emperor Joshua Norton, I (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton)

    • betty on said:

      Being a California native of 73 years and a child of native Californians (born in SF in 1913), we never called San Francisco by that shortened name and our family was adamant about that fact.

    • Alice Niderost on said:

      When I lived in the Bay Area, San Francisco was call The City, and everyone knew where you were talking about.

    • sadiesays on said:

      I’m 5th generation working class Irish/Italian SF’er and we never called it Frisco. Hell no, lol.

    • Born and raised in SAN FRANCISCO in the cement masons union in the late 60-80s and never calked it Frisco, bottom line!!

    • nativeofeverywhere on said:

      My father-in-law was born in “The City” in 1897. His family was working class and he was Union. NEVER would he have allowed it to be called Frisco!! Travesty!

    • Brittany on said:

      No one from socal calls it Frisco because Frisco is an actual city thus confusing are little socal minds. Normally I call it San Fran to avoid the confused stares. But hey, to each their own bud.

    • Diane McCurdy on said:

      “Frisco’….sounds like fingernails on a chalk board, a swear word, a sacrilege…..always THE CITY……..

    • The “Frisco” debate goes back all the way to the 19th century. Our very own Emperor Norton decreed that the city shall never be called “Frisco” or “San Fran”, and I tend to agree. And so it goes.

    • No, people who call it Frisco didn’t live there – like, they commuted there – it has nothing to do with “white-washing.” Also, if you think San Francisco is white-washed, I am very confused about what you would view as *not* being white-washed.

    • eichler1 on said:

      I’ve got nothing but love for NorCal (grew up there), but SoCal (where I *chose* to live)is the population center of the state and its lifestyle comprises the popular image in the rest if the US. Don’t be bitter.

    • Jim Jones on said:

      Not really. The surf thing, maybe, but the camping thing doesn’t ring true for most of us in SoCal.

    • Julie on said:

      I grew up in L.A., and after skimming the comments about “Frisco,” I was wondering if the disagreement might have at least something to do with northern vs. southern California. And then I was thinking that there really are TWO Californias because northern and southern CA are so different in so many ways.

  2. LOVE IT!
    I left LA, CA for the east coast a few years back.

    LA is special. If you meet someone from LA ask them about your screenplay and let them know you always have Tapatio in your car.

  3. scdrph@aol.com on said:

    I’m an Angelino by birth but was stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco in the late 60′s. As I recall, we just called it “the city.”

  4. If you are going to make a list of 20 items at least have them be pure truth. If you are truly from California you would have ordered from the main menu at In and Out cause thats how it started…the off menu crap was made up decades after In and Out opened in 1948… dweebs…Maybe it should be retitled to dweebs spin on old skool Californians cause #2 you can take that sneak over the border crap at 16 as BS it does not happen nor did it even happen 35 years ago. ID is ID and everyone had to have it plus now its a passport…could you go drink in TJ at 16 YES but sneak back and forth over the border NO.

    • Maybe the “sneaking” was more about getting by the parents, than the border patrol. I mean, that’s the way i remember hearing about it back in the day. i don’t speak from experience.

      • Nancy Bishopp on said:

        Brig older and having all of my relatives living in California, number 16 really hit home. Even today So, Dakota and No. Dakota never meant anything to me, as all of the small states around New York. Hop neither had any meaning to me for all I knew was California, Nevada (Las Vegas) and TJ. Living in Laguna Beach and having a cabin in the mountains was/is complete sufficient for me, Always felt blessed.

      • Alexander Henson on said:

        I did try to sneak in at 16 both at the Tijuana border then we drove inland and tried again. Stopped both times although the driver was 25.
        The first question is wrong. I, like most Californians, don’t give a fig what you want to wrap a flour tortilla around. It should say, “You grew up eating tacos as a regular part of your diet.”

      • sadiesays on said:

        you’re stating the punchline without the joke:
        “Why is the City like a bowl of cereal?”
        “Cuz it’s full of fruits, nuts, and flakes.”

    • Debbie,

      So, you think it’s not possible that anyone born after 1968 might be from California? Also, nobody said anything about “sneaking” over the border without ID.

    • Debbie – who the hell here was alive before 1948? No one. If you are over 65, get off the internet. Murder She Wrote commercial break is over.

    • tarina dahlke on said:

      I am sorry to disagree, I at 16 did go to TJ with a high school id card only. Only needed to get in club. Passing through the border never used it. Coming back in the US all I had to say was US citizen.

      • IZzyB on said:

        Agree with Tarina. Went to school in SD and we crossed the border many times without IDs at all. They just looked at you, made sure you didn’t have any booze with you, and usually asked if you were a US citizen.

        • When I was in college in the 1960s, all you had to do to get back in the US was say “US citizen” and pass what we jokingly called “the blue eyes test”. No ID was required. Going into Mexico no one was there to stop you at all. You just walked in.

    • kevin on said:

      Not true. I used to walk across to TJ and back no problem before I turned 18. They weren’t checking ID’s… only asking your citizenship when you come back across the border. This was in the late 90s.

  5. “getting past” was a little trickier on the way back unless you had some “responsible” adults with you as well. They ask more questions then. (I’ve heard that too)

  6. kamelfrog on said:

    I disagree with 8 cuz, California is hella fastpace. So many people (who actually work for a living are) GO GO GO!!!!

  7. California is about a thousand miles long. I’ve never been to “TJ” and it would take me over 16 hours to drive there.

    I’m 3 hours away from the ocean, on the far side of a mountain range. I never saw the marine layer (that’s what you called June Gloom) until I went to college on the coast and it’s caused by the 100+ temperatures that happen in the valley that’s the main geographic feature of California.

    • Alexander Henson on said:

      It is true this is very SoCal-centric. I grew up in SoCal but moved to NorCal at age 16. But the items about flip-flops and uggs are spot on.

  8. Agreed that nobody I know calls it “Cali” and it makes me wince…

    They didn’t say “sneak” through the border, Debbie … they said “pass through security,” which everyone has to do, yes.

    I agree with most of the list, though I love June Gloom. Living in the Valley makes me hate Summer. Too darn hot. But yes! 50 is freezing! ;-)

  9. This shouldn’t read you’re from CA if these are true. It should be YOU KNOW YOURE FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WHEN:…

  10. Carole Lutness on said:

    #14 – Please add that if it rains in SoCal you cancel all your appointments and stay home. (“I’m melting, I’m melting”)

  11. OOOOH feeling like an outsider, I thought after one half of my life and the fact that I would not go back except to be buried in the awesome family cemetery I was CA. l am the NEW ” Ca. ian”.
    and happier here!

  12. Well, I grew up in San Diego in the late 50s and early 60s, and we not only bluffed our way back and forth over the border, where the common stop at the border was to answer the question, “Where were you born?” and a quick eyeball of the occupants of the car.

    ID was never required in those days unless you were sent to secondary inspection, which almost never happened. We even used to “sneak” a Mexican “MC” from a club we frequented, back and forth over the border by dressing him in surfer duds, sprinkled whisky on him to make him smell, then he’d pretend to be passed out in the back seat.

    That condition being not uncommon for youngsters coming back across the border in those day, and. we underage kids and our illegal alien buddy went back and forth pretty much at will.

    As George Bush the Elder once said, “…it was a kinder, gentler time …” and America, and the TJ/San Diego border was too.

    • SDMom on said:

      3rd gen San Diego native – I grew up in the 60′s and 70′s – we’d go across the border pretty much at will then too, and camp on the beach in Baja – eat lobster in Rosarito. Nobody was murdered by roving bands of drug cartel killers back then when I was in college (San Diego State when we were “Red and Black in the WAC”) we’d pile into cars and head on down. It was a much gentler time.

      My mom was born here when it was even mellower – in a little house in La Jolla in 1918 – and she’d herd cattle through Mission Valley as a summer job, since that whole area was dairy and farmland.

      I have never called San Francisco -”Frisco”- and I think it’s a little pretentious for them to call themselves “the City”, but that might just be me. In my mind, there’s only one “The City” and that’s New York. I’ve never heard San Diego called “Dago”, but when someone says it fast (especially the late Junior Seau), it does sound a little like “SanDago.” San Diego doesn’t take itself that seriously though, so I don’t think it much matters what we’re called. We don’t have anything to prove to anyone – that’s the magic of this place.

  13. Dan Burton on said:

    Who’s a dweeb, Debbie? We went regularly to TJ at 16 just to eat 10 cent steet tacos, 15 cent tortas and 25 cent shrimp machaca burritos at El Bol. Drove straight through the checkpoints in a car everytime, so it looks like you haven’t a clue what you’re talking about.

  14. We went across the border every weekend in high school. You didn’t need an i.d. to go across. Just to get back in and they didn’t care how old we were as long as we could walk. Getting in the bars under 18 was only a matter of slipping the door man a few bucks!

  15. I don’t know anyone who’s ever gone to TJ, let alone drove there just to party. Also, never even tried to ski, surf, or sail, and never owned anything resembling Uggs. (Really not my style)

    And do people really call it “Frisco”??

  16. Born and raised in the big SD and I call it Frisco…have my whole life, I also say Cali. I would say people who hate of someone who uses those terms are less Californian then someone who does. I mean…go with the flow, who cares what people are sayin?

  17. Mark on said:

    - It is “The City”, no one from here calls it Frisco.

    - “The 101″ or “The any freeway number” is southern California. There is no “The” required or desired north of SLO.

    - Hwy 101 in the Bay Area is also known as “The Bayshore”.

    • In Los Angeles, if you say you “took the five to work”, you mean you used a freeway. In San Francisco, if you say the same thing, it means you rode the 5-Fulton bus. Up here we put “the” in front of bus lines, not in front of highways.

    • And what used to be 17 but is now 880 (which used to be the number of the freeway that goes around Sacramento to the north) is the Nimitz. No on Frisco and Cali. Yes, the lovely Bagdad by the Bay is THE City.

  18. If you really look at the rest of the US-it pales in comparison. From DC to Boston freeze, pay high taxes, deal with bureaucrats that would make Lenin proud, everyone thanks high strung and grumpy is the right perception of reality. Go down South and see real people like Duck Dynasty characters, eat fried chicken, go into a cro magnon man with mobile home, satellite, and pick up truck time warp. Go to the midwest and see endless fields, and a “gee shucks” “hi yah” Fargo type of vibe. People from California have no clue how blessed they are man. Much of America is like a giant Walmart with its culture, and style.

  19. I lived in the bay area and everyone called San Francisco “the City”. Now 30 years later I live in a nursing home in the Midwest. We call the nursing home “the home”. I still call all the men at the home “Dudes”. and we call the women at the home “Bitches”. Most of the Dudes and Bitches smoke dubies and they think it’s been legalized.

  20. Clifton Palmer McLendon on said:

    My mother was born in Oakland and grew up in Walnut Creek.

    California calls itself the Golden State. I think it could just as well be called the Granola State — because of all the fruits, nuts, and flakes!

  21. KinSB on said:

    In the early 80′s and even into the 90′s we’d walk across the border into TJ and back. You’d have to go through big metal turn stills and I think maybe there was a security guard that might ask where you were born or to see your ID but he didn’t stop everyone. Our biggest concern was that our car would still be were we parked were we left it on the US side of the border.

  22. SuperSister on said:

    #2. I only wish I could wear flip flops all year ’round.
    #3. Totally.
    #6. Yeah. Duh.
    #7. Of course.
    #8. Sure.
    #9. I’ve lived in North Central Washington too long to experience this.
    #11. I know what T.J. means. It’s been years since I traveled over that border.
    #12. I actually predate the arrival of In-And-Out in So. Cal.
    #13. Yeah.
    #14. Lived too long in said NCWashington. 50 degrees is warm in Spring, chilly in Autumn.
    #17. Uggs are useless, regardless of where you live or have lived.
    #19. Grew up there. Did none of the above.
    #20. Yes. My local mosquito control board has my unqualified support!

  23. George Chrisman on said:

    Real Californians do not call it Cali or Frisco. You know when someone is a transient when they call it Frisco. Everyone in Northern California calls it “The City”, but nobody in Northern California calls any freeway “the 101, or “the 280″ or “the 80″ etc. That’s SoCal. LA sucks. Go Giants, Go Niners.

    • t(-_-t) on said:

      What is a “real Californian”?

      I call the 101 freeway, the 101. Always have, born and raised in northern California.

      If you were born in California, then you are from California. Making you a “Californian” -_- seriously man.

  24. Doug L. on said:

    Quite socal-specific.

    But I take issue with #15. Only recently did the newscasters start calling it “June gloom” or “marine pattern”. During my thirty-or-so years living in the southland, every newscast every day from mid-May to September or so would contain the entire phrase, pretty much verbatim: “Late night and early morning low clouds and fog along the coast, clearing to hazy sunshine by mid-afternoon”.

  25. Bill on said:

    I call it “Frisco” because Bay Area snobs call it “the City,” to which I reply, “which city?” But then I grew up referring to “Dago” and “Berdoo.”

  26. Valaurie on said:

    I beg to differ! Flip flops are not an appropriate year around shoe !and I am sure us Californians can come up with some other good ones too!

  27. I was born California in the early 50′s. Lived through the quakes, fires, and “social events”, so I am a native Californian. My father worked and lived in SF in the 40′s and he called it “Frisco”, and I picked up his habit. I know that all of you from the Bay area think highly of your city, but really – get over yourselves.

  28. George on said:

    Frisco was the term the Hell’s Angels used in the 50′s, my brother was a member of the ‘Frisco chapter.

  29. Sean on said:

    I think real Californians should never refer to California as “Cali.” There’s just something so fake and kooky about it.

  30. DUUUUDE !!! on said:

    DUUUUDE…. FRISCO is a town in TX…. Like totally not in CA duuuude… Like what’s wrong with you dude????? Did you wipeout and hit your head duuuude ???? If you think FRISCO is in CA duuude what are you like a goofy foot ??? C’mon duuude get with it – get pumpin’ duuude …. Like totally…..

  31. It’s like nails on a chalk board when I hear someone refer to Southern California as SoCal. It’s Southern California! Only “transplants” call it SoCal. Have some respect!

  32. Most of these may be what you youngsters and new comers think is important about California, but we old-timers, and most of us from non coastal parts of the state have other California beautiea to honor besides tacos and playtime. Try again.

  33. Davistrain on said:

    Although I’m a native Southern Californian and have always lived there, I consider San Francisco to be my “spiritual” home, as the one place west of the Rockies that never gave up on streetcars for public transit. I started visiting there back when electric railway service in LA was a fond memory, and even wrote an article on the Municipal Railway. I never call The City “Frisco”–that term is reserved for a railroad that’s now part of BNSF. And I cringe when some clueless person calls a cable car a “trolley”. Also, I learned (over 40 years ago) that one should never tell a BART employee that his system reminds one of the Disneyland Monorail.

  34. steve on said:

    Anyone who says San Francisco is never called Frisco has never heard of West Coast Hip-Hop music.

  35. I was born in San Diego and it’s been May gray and June gloom since I was old enough to understand speech!

    Went to TJ many times without ID! Once got caught with a bunch of fireworks under our spare tire that a friend put in the car while we were surfing at K38! Took all of our money and the silver dollar from my key chain to pay the fine!!

  36. Samzgirl on said:

    Sirenia … you were really mean to Debbie. Actually, that was quite bigoted. There is a name for you, it is gerontophobic which is no different than being homophobic.

  37. teresa on said:

    In & Out????
    I only thought oranges & avocados came from California…& that’s the only vegetables that exist there…at least back in 1976…

  38. dolly on said:

    SoCal born and raised—before it was “SoCal”. Surfed when surfers were bums, before it went mainstream and got crowded. I skateboarded before they widened the boards. I was there before In “N” Out was there was there, and remember the original “flip flops” which were actually called “jap flaps” or “thongs”.

    • toodie on said:

      Dolly, a neighbor had a kid’s shoe store in Willow Glen/San Jose in the mid 50′s. I remember when his daughters started wearing thongs (they were made of rubber) strictly for ‘the beach’ (which meant Santa Cruz) and we all thought how weird they were! (Our sandals were leather–this was before vinyl shoes too) They were an east coast thing before coming to California. They called them Zorries. Maybe originated in Mediterranean countries before hitting the east coast?

      • petejustpete on said:

        Zori are the Japanese thong sandals historically made of a straw sole and an upper made with fabric like velvet, cotton, or even leather.

  39. Ken Apperson on said:

    I’m 7th generation San Franciscan, dating back to Ortega (the Spanish explorer who “discovered” SF Bay) and the term “Frisco” makes my skin crawl. Interesting to hear this discourse though. I somehow never heard about it’s origins. Regardless though, I’ll always prefer “The City”

  40. Karl Johnson on said:

    #’s 6, 11 & 17 aren’t very likely for more than 99% of native Californians, possibly the author and a few.
    The rest are quite accurate.

  41. Dave Williams on said:

    This list was semi accurate 20 years ago…..#1 on the list now is….read the Mexican menu first and don’t go barefoot on the tin can beaches

  42. NOR CAL NATIVE 530 SLT on said:

    Some of these hit it right on the nose but not so much…go back to wishing you had the life we do up here in NOR-CAL!!!!! Yeah some cities are cool to visit down there but to live no thanks…

    • toodie on said:

      I recall when the ‘SoCal’ thing first started up, and the SoCalians tried to call Northern California NoCal. *snort* They didn’t know there was a NorCal before there was a SoCal.

  43. Jaci Rhyne on said:

    I grew up in the city as did most Irish relatives. Only those from “elsewhere” who didn’t know any better called it that F word.

  44. Suzie Kirkman on said:

    In 1969 when I first moved to Northern Ca from So Cal my mother made a comment in a dress store in Walnut Creek that we were going to “Frisco” for dinner. A customer in the store turned and glared at us and said. We don’t call it “Frisco” here. WE call it San Francisco. As a kid growing up in LA the adults in the family always referred to it as “Frisco”. So I think #6 is a little iffy! I have lived here longer than I lived in LA and I never refer to it as Frisco. Always, San Francisco now. Guess I didn’t want to offend anyone.

  45. Sally on said:

    California native…have called it Frisco or San Fran all my life…what’s the big deal? Seems a bit uppity to make a scene about it being called anything other than San Francisco…but, then again, it is Frisco :-)

  46. All so very true. Who wore ugg boots with shorts in our freezing 65 degree winters? Most all of us Natives. When I was in my early teens one of my favorite t-shirt’s said “I’m not a tourist, I live here”. I made sure a had this shirt on every time my parents would take us down to the H.B. Pier or, The Beach. My other favorite T’s were Robert August Surf Shop & The Golden Bear. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I love California and feel very blessed to have been born and raised in Southern California.

  47. Debbie Lutz on said:

    So Cal! San Diego!!! And I think I’m one of the few So Cal res
    that know what SLO means! I’ve had to explain it every time I
    use it! :0)

    My eldest daughter lives in Nor Cal…have nothing bad to say about it as it (as well as the Central) makes THE BEST WINE – BAR NONE!!

  48. I just really am having a hard time figuring out what the big deal is??? If this is what you all need to complain about, you need to change your complaints to a topic that means something. Frisco or San Francisco is way too petty to argue about.

  49. Tom Owens on said:

    SoCal born and raised, but NorCal for the last 30+ years. The only time I use the word “Frisco” is when I’m intentionally trying to rile up a citizen of The City.

  50. Sara Robinson on said:

    It’s a big state, big enough to include not only SoCal (I’m both a UCLA and USC alumna, I can call it that) and SF, but also the entire length and breadth of the High Sierra. Which means that here’s a big stretch of California that gets 20+ feet of snow every winter (at least, most winters until this one). Up in the high country, people do own parkas and boots — and they live in them from November to March.

    Also: it’s entirely possible to grow up in California and not see the beach. This Sierra brat never saw the Pacific Ocean until she was 10.

  51. Kristen on said:

    Born and raised on the central coast of california, 4 hours drive to San Francisco and 4 hours drive to Los Angeles and 4 hours drive to Yosemite. Yeah for San Luis Obispo/Atascadero/Paso Robles/Santa Margarita/San Miguel/Morro Bay/Avila Beach/Shell Beach/Pismo Beach/Los Osos/San Simeon/Cambria/Pozo/Creston/Cayucos/Templeton…and so much more!!!!

  52. Insufferable list.

    1. There are so many local variations but I’ve never encountered anyone with militant opinions about it.

    3. Because I’m from *Southern* California, yes.

    4. Not really.

    5. This only gets close to a general characteristic if you count the hordes of RVers who go out to places like Glamis.

    6. “Frisco” is an old nickname for San Francisco dating to at least 1856. Pretty much all the other towns in the US named “Frisco” were named named after the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, otherwise know as the Frisco Line. As a Southern Californian, I have no problem using it. Can you imagine people from LA getting upset if you called it “LA”? San Franciscans who vociferously object to “Frisco” should be regarded as absurd. Regardless, this statement really only applies to people from the Bay, and not all of them.

    7. Avocado is generally served up in guacamole. Adding avocado slices to burgers, sandwiches, and salads is a relatively recent affectation.

    10. Really?

    12. Are you kidding? The regular menu is the *original* menu.

    13. Watermelon is still a summer fruit.

    15. “June Gloom” is *only* a weather condition.

    16. This simply isn’t specific to CA. People on the East Coast have no concept how big CA is.

    17. Never.

    18. Last I checked, it was characteristic of Texans to refer to themselves by their state’s demonym before calling themselves “Americans”; definitely not characteristic of Californians.

    • I am a 4th generation Californian from the Bay Area (me, the City; mom, Oakland; grandma, Berkeley; g-grandma, the City). I only know where Glamis is because I lived in Indio for 2 years, after which I moved to Sacratomato. I still can’t believe I live in “the desert,” which is what my parents called the Central Valley when I was a kid, as in “We need to leave late enough to get through the desert before it gets hot” (on our way to visit our Southern California relatives). Our car did not have air conditioning, because who really needs it when you live on the Peninsula? My husband grew up in Napa (as did his dad) but attended SLO. My mother-in-law cursed the Mondavis for turning the Napa Valley into the land of monoculture vines and drunk tourists.

  53. Albert on said:

    Ok from the SF, nobody calls it “frisco” most are offended by it, always called it “The City” and everyone knew what you were talking about. Live in Santa Barbara now, and when you say you lived in the “Bay Area” everyone knows where you are talking about and it’s not Monterey. Maybe they should add that one on.

  54. Jim P. on said:

    The Northern California bias is showing with that whole “Frisco” thing. So. Cal. people say Frisco all the time, and it drives the northerners nuts. Also, Cholula is pretty darn good. Our local places have such good salsa that we use their salsa anyway. Better than Tapatio or Cholula.

  55. We always called it “The City”, never “Frisco”. My mom went to Sacramento City College with Herb Caen, but I don’t think that’s why.
    15. My favorite is when the out of towners see the fog in the summer in the Bay Area and ask “Is it going to rain today?” The answer is “No, this will clear off by around noon and will return around five p.m. Between noon and five it will be lovely. They are always amazed when that happens.
    Those who live in the Bay Area know not to plant eggplants in their summer gardens, and which varieties of tomatoes do well. Those of us from Sacramento know that one cannot successfully grow a tasty Beefsteak tomato in Alameda. We don’t even try.
    And a good giggle is to see the hapless tourists in The City in the summer in their Los Angeles gear shivering on the street corner while waiting for the cable car. Layers, people, layers!

  56. 1: How is that different from other states?
    2: Very few people wear flip flops as their most common footwear.
    3: “The” whatever freeway is mostly a SoCal thing.
    4: “Dude” is not just a California thing.
    5: I’d wager less than 1% of the population are regular campers.
    6: True, “Frisco’ tends to be a mostly out-of-state thing.
    7: Ehh.
    8: I’ve lived in a lot of states. Don’t really see much difference.
    9: Ditto
    10: Absurd. It’s just a lot cheaper.
    11: Most Californians have never been to Tijuana.
    12; Silly. Most people order off the menu. I asked.
    13: We’re pretty fortunate in that regard. But we still have seasonal produce.
    14: You seem to forget about that whole Sierra Mountain range area. Yes, Californians live there.
    15: Again, not everyone lives with 5 miles of the beach.
    16: We do have some issues with the quality of our education. We’re also pretty isolated.
    17: Ugh.
    18: There is a certain truth to that. Not sure it’s a good thing.
    19: That’s a big bonus!
    20: Since when do Californians visit other states?
    * BTW, I hear a lot of people say “Cali”.

  57. Can’t any of you take a joke and laugh? I first saw one of these lists after leaving Ca. and living in New Orleans. I loved it that I could get the “in” jokes.
    I grew up in Ca. and have a lot of love and respect for all parts of it. It is a state of diversity, just as any State is.

  58. M Cole on said:

    We never called San Francisco “Frisco” it has always been referred to as San Fran or The Bay Area.

  59. Ramon on said:

    Wow, that sure isn’t me, and I’m a native San Franciscan.
    I don’t own flip-flops or Uggs, I never say ‘The 101″ – that’s a Southern California thing, adding the “the,” I’ve never been camping, I hate avocado, never been to Mexico, and I can’t ski, surf, sail or even swim.
    But yes, I NEVER say “Frisco” unless referring to cities in CO or TX, and don’t even say, “San Fran.”

    • mosma on said:

      That’s right, we never needed id, just a nod when they asked if we were US citizen and we would deny that we were bringing anything with us like kahlua, tortuga oil or fireworks.

  60. Born in San Francisco, calling it Frisco is like nails on a black board…The City, yes. Never used the word “dude” …

  61. Judy on said:

    Grew up in So Cal during the 50′s. SF was always referred to as “Frisco” mostly because of their arrogance towards So Cal. Lived in Eureka during the 70′s and they thought the State ended just south of SF. I think that SF is a great city to visit but I’ll always call it Frisco. For me a bigger mistake is calling California “Cali” – that is nails on a blackboard!

  62. Fresno Born and Raised. I survive off of Burritos, Avocados, In and Out and Cholula. I know that the Hells Angels Chapter in SF is known as “Frisco” and SD is “Dago”. I will camp at a moments notice, in fact that sounds like a good idea, I’m gonna start loading up the truck right now. I never use the word “dude” but I use “bro” regularly.

  63. Bonnie on said:

    Was born in The City – never, ever, ever, never Frisco – fingernails on chalkboard!! Didn’t know what In-N-Out was until undergrad at UCSB in late 70′s – they didn’t come up North until later.

  64. Slow down everyone!
    What is the point of abbreviating everything? Cali? Then why not Indi? or Wyo? or Colo? or Tex? How about Haw? Flo? SoDak?
    Duh. We have fifty beautiful states in this united country of ours.
    Each deserves recognition for its identity as a unit and the respect due its founding and perpetuation by the expression of it full name. Same goes for the communities.
    It would though, make a certain amount of sense to split California into South California and North California since the climates, cultures and populations differ so drastically.
    And on another topic: Cholula and Tapatio sound pretty dangerous. I’m 63 and only recently purchased my first bottle of Tabasco. Born in Iowa, I was raised on Ketchup. Living in Florida 30 years, I have discovered the joys and wonders of Cuban and Mexican cuisines and I know it does not have to dissolve your digestive system to be delicious. Super hot stuff is sort of a macho contest and bragging issue. If its too hot, its tough to taste the other flavors, such as the cilantro.

  65. I’m 4th generation Californian and seriously the secret menu at in-n-out is not only known by Californians. In fact, most of the people I know that order from it are from out of state.

    And “the 101″ thing is dead on! I lived in Seattle and it was a dead give away that I was from California because I would say “the 5, the 405″ etc.

  66. I despise that LA-ism, the use of “the” before a freeway name. DETEST it! I grew up in Santa Barbara, along 101. I know what you mean about it, but to me using “the” is an honorific, like a title, and freeways are a horrible transportation system and ought to be reviled, not honored.

  67. #10 is completely wrong! I latched onto Cholula with both hands when I tried it at The Rainbow Lodge, which is about 40 minutes west of the turnoff for Lake Tahoe off I-80. It’s as California as can be in my book. And my book was written in California.

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