Being a native, third generation Californian, I am usually a staunch defender of my homeland. There are great things about California…weather, beaches, snow, desert, smoke-free cities and much more. However, in the interest of fair play, we do have our quirks. Just to start out the weekend on a giggle, here are a few:
Carmel sounds like a fun place for a family to visit. Ice cream may not be eaten while standing on the sidewalk in Carmel and it is against the law for women to wear high heel shoes. It’s also unlawful for a lady to take a bath in a business office (in case you ever have the urge).
It is against the law to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool in Baldwin Park, unless you’re in some kind of unusual triathlon. In Walnut, California, if you fly a kite more than 10 feet above the ground you are in violation of the law. So, what’s the point? At least Charlie Brown is in no danger.
A Belvedere City Council order reads: “No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash.” Well at least they got the pecking order right. And San Francisco prohibits elephants from strolling down Market Street unless they are on a leash. In Palm Springs it’s illegal to walk a camel down Palm Canyon Drive between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. So, if you need to walk your camel, do it early in the day.
Now, I am sure you have your own, and I am giving a one-time license to go for it!