As a native Californian, you know that any dish can be improved by throwing an avocado on it, that the only acceptable temperature range is 65 to 86, and that, like, no one actually calls the state “Cali.” For these and 10 more signs that you grew up in California, click here.
When giving directions, you know to tell people to take the 118 East to the 405 North, get on the 5 and take that till they to the 210. Their exit is on the left.
Even if you never took Spanish in high school or college, you know enough of the language to get by — or at least you think you do.
You think that Northern California and Southern California may as well be two completely different states. No matter what half of California you’re from, you know it’s far superior to the other.
64 degrees is ice-cold; 86 degrees is disturbingly hot.
“Like, dude. That wave you just rode was hella rad.”
Only nerds and outsiders call it “Cali.” You know that California deserves the dignity of its full name.
Listen… to maneuver through that 5 o’clock traffic, you need to be a little crafty. You’re an expert at putting the pedal to the metal, stopping within an inch of a traffic light, and weaving in and out of lanes on the highway. Your passengers have nothing to worry about.
While the Midwest takes part in tornado drills, you grew up participating in earthquake drills. “Drop, cover, hold” while crouching under a sturdy desk was a bi-annual occurrence.
When you’re outside of your home state and you tell others where you’re from, the first follow-up question is: “Oh, so you’re from Hollywood?” And, no, you’re not friends with any famous people.