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Happy Birthday, California!

Posted by purplemary54 on September 9, 2014

California became a state today in 1850.  Just a year after the Gold Rush.  It’s amazing what money can accomplish, isn’t it?

California has a little bit of everything.  Mountains, beaches, deserts, and cropland.  The weather here is mostly terrific.  There’s a lot of earthquakes, but hey, fracking is making those more common everywhere.  If this state were a nation, its GDP would rank it in the top ten, economically speaking.  We have one of the finest public university systems (in spite of a long line of Republican governors who keep trying to dismantle Pat Brown’s legacy).  We’re the official home of most of the entertainment industry, although it’s more of a diaspora lately.  We even have Disneyland, still the happiest place on Earth.  All in all, it’s not the worst place to call home.

So here’s our official state song to celebrate the state’s 164th birthday.

I was a little surprised when I googled this.  I always thought “California Here I Come” was the state song.  Goes to show you what I know.  Of course, our official state animal, the California grizzly bear, is extinct.  But we do have a pretty state flower.  (Check out this for more official California state symbols.  Who knew we had an official fossil?)



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