10 Things Only Southern Californians Will Understand…


10 Things Only Southern Californians Will Understand…

Wherever you live in the world, it’s likely that you saw the Californians SNL skit, but if not, give that a look. It might only be hilarious to people who live in and around the SoCal area, but who knows. Anyway! If you, like me, live in the surrounding SoCal area, you know that there are some things only locals will truly ever understand…and these are those things. You’re welcome 😉


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1. The Soul-Sucking Traffic. Seriously, there is nothing that will make you lose your freaking mind faster than LA traffic. Having gone to school in LA right out of high school, I can remember, all-to-vibrantly, the dread I felt at having to drive 2 hours in traffic to and from LA 3 times a week. It is a pain I would never wish on anyone. I had road rage, I drove like a complete maniac, I had panic attacks, and I have horrible traffic PTSD that strikes every time I’m back in LA.


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2. The Power of a Mexican Food Craving…that strikes basically any time, all the time, all the days of the week. And only we understand the need to appease that monster craving, you know, like 4 times a week. What can I say? Mexico is, like, down the street. We cannot live without our tacos, burritos, or tortas.


3. Having A Closet Filled With Summer Season Clothing. The weather here in California is nothing short of bi-polar, but for the most part, it’s hot as Hell. It’s sticky, dry or humid (we don’t discriminate), a sunny day with a breeze, cloudy (hot or cold), and on the rare reprieve, rainy. Since it’s mostly warm weather, even during the fall and winter, we can afford to have a closet that’s filled with tank tops, shorts, and hoodies. In fact, when I lived at the beach as a child, I can vividly remember all the kids at school wearing shorts, converse, and sweatshirts…in the rain.

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4. Living In Flip Flops All the Days. It’s hot and wearing real shoes is just too cumbersome to bear. I can remember being as young as 6 and walking around my entire neighborhood barefoot. Going to beach often, you get used to wearing footwear that’s both fashionable, functional and super comfy!


5. Pretending You Live In A Tropical Paradise… because palm trees. There are so many palm trees here in SoCal. We’re basically known for a silhouette palm tree lined sunset. Because of our surroundings, we can sometimes get delusional in believing we really live on an island. Wishful thinking, maybe? *sigh*


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6. Most of Us Cannot Drive in the Rain. Seriously, I don’t know what it is about the slightest drizzle that makes drivers forget how to drive. All of a sudden, everyone is going 45 or still speeding at 80. WTF? Why?


7. A Statewide Love for Avocados. What? Avocados are readily available and we love them. Give me guac or give me death. I ask you, what is life without chips and salsa? Don’t believe me? See my instagram for proof of how many times I’ve shared photos of avocados. #noshame


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8. It’s Not Uncommon to Travel through 4 Freeways to Get to Your Destination. I can tell you all the freeways, cities, counties, and detailed directions for how to get anywhere in the inland cities, LA area, and even beach cities. I basically know the entire SoCal area. The Californians is funny because it’s true. When you get your driver’s license in California, it’s also the next step in learning how to get everywhere in your state from here to Las Vegas in the most efficient way.


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9. 70 Degrees Is Cold. Living in such a warm climate means that when the temperatures get to the low 70s F, I am FREEZING. My boyfriend’s cousin moved here from Washington state a few years ago and she could sleep in sub 50 degree weather with her window open. Not so with us Californians. It’s too damn cold for that! Where the hell is my hoodie?


via You Know You’re from California When..

10. Earthquakes Don’t Phase Us. Visiting relatives always freak out if there’s an earthquake, other states lose their minds, but not us. We have earthquakes frequently and unless it’s above a 5.0, we’ll pretty much go about our daily lives unmoved.

Other things you probably don’t know about us? We have our own slang, identify ourselves by area code, know all songs with the word California in the title, many of us have an inability to drive in the rain, and find it irritating when people ask if we see celebrities all the time. The answer? No. Also, films like Fast and Furious which showcase scenes with weekend LA barbecues, beach and desert living, and even down to style are actually really accurate. That said, The Hills, O.C, and Laguna Beach were not. AND, lastly, there are more than 3 cities than just LA, San Francisco and San Diego in California. We might be unique little snowflakes, but we’re nice; I promise. And we have good food so there’s that too!

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23 thoughts on “10 Things Only Southern Californians Will Understand…

  1. May 12, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Except for the earthquakes, I think I’d actually love all these things about SoCal. I love Mexican food, hot weather, beaches. Oh, the traffic is also bad, but we got that here too.
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    1. May 12, 2015 at 11:54 AM

      Haha earthquakes are something you get used to over time (maybe I’m just crazy from living here so long haha). You should move here then haha. We’d love to have you 🙂

  2. May 12, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    Lovely post miss!! I love California , especially LA! I think I am the only person who was so happy to be stuck of the 405…..ahahha
    You forgot to mention the delicious in&out burgers that I loved to get now and then……and the great Jamba juices too (remember, i am a European :-))….xx

    1. May 12, 2015 at 1:05 PM

      Thanks! hahah yeah probably true. Being stuck in traffic is so horrible lol. Yes In&Out is good lol. Not my favorite, to be honest, but people are obsessed with it. And Jamba Juice is delicious, that’s true, but I prefer to make my own as theirs have added sugar. 🙂 glad you enjoyed the post ♥

  3. May 12, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    I love this! I lived in Southern California for years and this is all so true! I live in Texas now, but I sure do miss so cal 🙂 Coming over from Let’s be Friends Blog Hop. Looking forward to reading more of your posts! xoxo Alexis
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    1. May 12, 2015 at 3:20 PM

      Haha glad it’s realistic! Bummer about you moving, but Texas is probably a lot less traffic-heavy lol. thanks for stopping by!

  4. May 12, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    love the palm trees but that traffic would do me in lol
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    1. May 13, 2015 at 7:41 AM

      yeah palm trees are cool, but the traffic is hell lol. I’d say you get used to it, but that’d be a lie haha

  5. May 13, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Almost completely accurate for NorCal too, haha. It’s just about the same. I remember when my so came out to visit and was amazed that even though it only took 15 minutes to reach our destination, I still took 3 freeways, haha. And they’re freeways, not highways! LOL.
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    1. May 14, 2015 at 10:40 AM

      Hahah yeah it’s ridiculous how many freeways you have to cross to get somewhere. Who says highways? That’s just weird lol.

  6. May 13, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    hahaha, I may be headed over there for a rotation at some point later on this year or early next year! I am definitely dreading the traffic, but will be lovin’ the weather! <3
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    1. May 14, 2015 at 10:41 AM

      sounds awesome! I hope you enjoy it and you’ll only get horrible traffic if you’re going to Orange County area (beach cities) or LA area. I don’t think NorCal is as bad as SoCal, but don’t quote me! Also, the weather is nice, lots of good food, and fun things to do 🙂 Hope you have a nice time for your visit!

  7. May 13, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    So many of these I can relate to with the number of times I’ve been to LA. The traffic dear lord I remember thinking it was exaggerated and than I drove the 405 for the first time and wanted to jump off a cliff. The parking and street signs may be just as bad though.
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    1. May 14, 2015 at 10:42 AM

      Haha yeah it’s not an exaggeration. Parking is a trap for LA to ticket and tow you away which is why you have to pay everywhere you go or basically play Russian roulette lol. Hopefully you kind of enjoyed it haha.

  8. May 18, 2015 at 8:35 AM

    AHAHAHAHA! Yes! I love it.
    I’m a San Diego native who transplanted to Seattle and it took me six years to be ok with 60 degree temperatures (I’m still trying to figure out layering, because SoCal doesn’t have to deal with that crap). I miss me some earthquakes. And genuine Mexican food (send me a street taco? please??). And avocados that are ripe and don’t cost $3 each. But not the traffic (which, truly, starts at the Grapevine and ends at Tijauana). Or seeing the air I’m breathing (either the smog, or the state-is-on-fire times).

    1. May 19, 2015 at 8:06 AM

      Hahaha! Hilarious that you miss earthquakes and Mexican food, but I can definitely understand. That said, Seattle is a nice place and rain must be nice! LMAO – SO TRUE ABOUT THE TRAFFIC. It’s all over all day every day haha. And yes the smog is horrible and fires – jeez- we need rain! thanks for visiting Beth !

  9. May 20, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    I totally understand…born and raised in San Diego!! Especially the Mexican food and traffic things!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!!

    1. May 20, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      haha hope you got a laugh! thanks for having me!

  10. John Thuku
    June 18, 2015 at 1:46 AM

    Lol. I think I can get used to living there. Except for the earthquakes and the terrible traffic jams, everything else is fine by me.

    1. June 18, 2015 at 10:49 AM

      Haha well glad you think so. Honestly, you would get used to the earthquakes if you stay here long enough. I’ve been here nearly all my life and I (like many Californians) won’t get out of bed for anything under a 5.0 lol. Nobody here really panics unless it’s over 5.0 and then we might be like, huh, maybe I should go outside lol. Terrible traffic jams really only happen in the the big city areas like LA, Orange County, and San Francisco. Everywhere else is more mild.

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