As much as everything on this site is criticizing California and how it is the prostitute of our oh so noble country there isn't really any place i would have wanted to grow up. You get the best of the best and the worst of the worst. I don't know of any other place in the world where you where you can show up in a five hundred dollar VW, with thirty dollars in your pocket and become a millionaire before you turn forty. Sure it might not exactly be from hard work it could all just be based on the fact that your a physically blessed person but the opportunity is still there. California is the ideal place to live the American dream as vile or immoral that may be. In the land of the richest of the rich you also get the poorest of the poor co-existing in perfect disharmony.