California: My Biggest Disappointments Ever

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My visions of California before taking this course is a sunny, beautiful, happy and carefree place and those visions are partly because I visited there nine years ago. Upon my visit I concluded that I would eventually move there when I'm ready to start a family. My visit to California had left a tainted image in my mind, an image of a place where I could leave all my cares behind in hopes of staring anew, but what has left me speechless is the fact that I have no memory of particular events that lead me to this strange obsession over the state. When I first visited California I was 13 years old, and at the age of thirteen there isn’t much you can do there, your options are very limited. My mom and I stayed at a hotel downtown LA for an event where we did the basic, sightseeing, but noting extraordinary so why is it that I’m so obsessed with the state?

Physically, California is a beautiful place with lots of space. Downtown Los Angeles was not like the typical downtowns in cities like Chicago, New York, or even Atlanta, but it was more spacious and “clean”. I didn’t see a lot public transportation around like the ones that frequently amass typical cities with high population rates, which means less traffic and noise. California, for many of us, is like the Promised Land to the Israelites, a place of complete bliss and delight and peace. While I was there, I found myself at peace and when I returned to Chicago, O’Hare airport, I felt as though my peace was disrupted, disrupted by loud horns honking at pedestrians and big busses taking up massive amounts of space. I found myself agitated and annoyed while wishing that I were back in California, where I was able to saver my peace. Strangely, I didn’t bring back eventful memories f...

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...areas and the economically deprived ghettos. These events are essential in order to understand how the US is quickly following in California’s wake while being a model for other nations. The residents who believed that they had arrived into their Promised Land quickly came to the realization that they were in hell because natural disasters started taking place, natural disasters like earthquakes, fires, and floods constantly plagued California and all other sorts of devastating tragedies like pollution, poverty, riots, tax limitations, spending limits, bans on affinitive action, harsh laws, and denying services to illegal immigrants. On the surface California seems to be a great place with endless opportunities but underneath it’s one of the biggest disappointments ever, and if we are following a state like California we will then become a disappointment as well.

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