Today I am thankful for living in beautiful Southern California.  Most people who come here to visit from across the country, don’t understand why people would choose to live here – the roads are filled with cars, the air with smog, the people are plastic.   Well, today I was able to see the ocean, mountains, sunny sky, fog-covered strawberry crops, a quaint seaside town, experience warm and chilly weather, and have a decent meal out…all within a 60-mile radius of my house.  If we drove in a different direction, we could have done a number of other incredibly cool things as well.  I love living here, despite my complaints on days when Black Friday is not keeping people off of the 101, and for that I am grateful.