fwd it to atheist cali group!?
California was an independent nation for all of three whole weeks, from June to July, in 1846 - part of the US war against Mexico. Their flag displayed (as it does today) a Grizzly Bear, hence the nickname Bear Flag Republic.
In terms of regional exceptionalism, I think the US Southeast is more distinct as a separate culture, than California.
Also, California is tied to both the Southwest and the Northwest as a culture. The entire US West Coast seems to me, fairly connected. Where I live in WA State, Portland OR area, there are so many people from California, or who spend time in California, it doesn't seem like a separate region.
Looking at election maps, blue/red splits, the coasts seem to share traits, with the Southeast and middle being different. I think we'll hear more about Southern (Old confederacy) exceptionalism than about California/West Coast exceptionalism, in the foreseeable future.
So glad I moved back to California. I think I've finally found my people.
yeah but.. earthquakes! someone said around these ocean/coral/swamp/ocean parts.. "it's stupid to build over there" that was from a hardware guy! !?~
follow the money i say; imho California f'd up w/Shwartenagger my goodness pffffft
but yay the skateparks wow dope dope peace