Westside! (Or: California knows how to party!)

Buena Park, California -- Taj and his California cousins, Karina (in the stripes) and Sadea, hold hands before jumping in a pool at my Aunt Peaches home last week. Aside from the traffic, one can always depend on California for some fun.
Buena Park, California — Taj and his California cousins, Karina (in the stripes) and Sadea, hold hands before jumping in a pool at my Aunt Peaches home last week. Aside from the traffic, one can always depend on California for some fun.

My thoughts about California are kind of like my thoughts about Wal-Mart. I like and hate it at the same time.

California is crowded. I’ve said this about New York, and I’ll say it again: when you put that many people in a confined space, eventually, they start to get on each other’s nerves. This is never more apparent than when driving on a California freeway. (No, I didn’t shoot anyone … I don’t have a car anymore, remember?)

California is also expensive. If you’re planning a vacation, you can expect to pay more to do almost everything (compared to doing the exact same things in the south or the midwest.)

But, one of the good things California has going for it is that we have family who live there. (And, when you have family to navigate obstacles for you, the other problems don’t seem so bad.)

We flew from Kansas City to LA to let Taj have fun with his cousins and do the obligatory trip to Mickey-Mouses’ domain.

During the first couple of days, we just enjoyed catching up with family, visiting Disneyland and letting the kids take a dip in the pool. Good times …

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