Well, here I am in beautiful Calitaxia. This is the capitol of USA taxation among other things. So far the Bay Area is the most cosmopolitan place I have ever been. Cool. I like that. It proves once again that the USA is still the land of opportunity. There must be a housing shortage here because huge apartment complexes are going up all over the place. If you live in Des Moines, IA one small apartment rental in San Jose will make two huge house payments in Des Moines.
Here they have a "take out tax." I'm not sure what that is but they definitely take it out.
Here the stop lights last longer. Believe me, it would pay to own a hybrid. You could take a short nap before the light changes to green. I think some of the drivers do. Either that or they are still changing their baby's diaper when the light turns green.
A GPS is also handy.... even when you know where you are going.
The HOV lane is on the right instead of the left. That must be for those who don't know whether they are coming or going.
The speed limit on the express way is 45 mph which means cars go 55 mph and motorcycles go 15 mph faster as they split lanes between cars. Speed limits don't apply to motorcycles as they can't be caught anyway.
In California taxes are high, speeds are high, rent is high, immigration is high and a $1 cone at Mc Donald's is a $1.50 here plus "take out tax" whatever that is.