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Warm sunny days golden tans beautiful sandy beaches and bright shimmering lights of the cities at night These are the images that came to my mind when I thought of California As a child I often daydreamed of living in such a wonderful place Little did I know that the images of sunny beaches people walking around in shorts and gentle breezes portrayed in the advertisements of the magazines and television were not as they appeared however I would soon find all this outMy husband was in the Army when we got married and soon after the marriage he was given his duty station We were informed the we were being moved to the Golden State Our destination was to be Fort Ord California Fort Ord is located on the West Coast just outside of Monterey San Francisco is a mere two-hour drive to the north and Los Angeles is six hours to the south Pebble Beach Carmel Big Sir and John Steinbecks Cannery Row were only a matter of minutes away I could hardly wait to get settled into our new homeOur two children and I boarded our plane in Nashville Tennessee headed for my fairy tale destination Dave met us at the airport in Monterey shortly before noon The day was starting off just as I had imagined As we stepped out of the terminal the bright warm rays of sunshine greeted me It stroked my face like a child would rub a kitten The warm air engulfed me like being wrapped in an electric blanket on a cold winter day This was everything I had dreamed of as a childUpon leaving the airport my nicely crocheted dream began to unravel I had expected more traffic on the roads here than what was at home but I was not prepared for what we embarked on It was lunchtime and the cars were moving through the streets so slowly that it reminded me of
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