...State of California.
I realize that I was taught that it was wrong to hate (I should "strong dislike" instead), but I really do hate California. I'm not entirely sure why, either - especially because two of my favorite cities are San Diego and San Francisco. As for the rest of the state, I'm waiting for the big one to plunge it into the Pacific Ocean.
I think it is because California reminds me of Europe so much. That's not to say that I don't really love Europe. In fact, I love Europe and hate California. So, I'm not sure how that works, but if you haven't clicked off this page by now, allow me to try to work through this.
I'm in California this week for work and will be back next week for some more work. My hotel (one I've never stayed at before and one in which I am very comfortable) has these signs up all over the place. This sign is a real symbol of why I hate California. Why would the state legislate the fact that these signs need to be posted every five feet where people are smoking? My problem is, this sign is up in the elevator, so I'm wondering if there is some kind of steel dust from the elevator cable that is slowly turning my lung tissue into a malignant ball of tumor.
All joking aside, does the state government (and ultimately the people they represent) really believe that we are so stupid that we need signs posted to tell us that smoking is occurring? Can't I just smell the cigarette smoke and make that determination for myself? Do I really need that level of protection from the state? I don't know why this pisses me off so much, but it raises my hackles. It would seem that the state has much bigger fish to fry like incessant traffic, out of control prices, and the Governator fixing "dis and dat".
Whenever I get the impression that government thinks we are dumb asses, I get really pissed. European governments are really good at this, too. Let us make our choices, even poor choices - and hold us accountable for the results. Don't try to protect us from ourselves...
...it's not what governments are supposed to do. Even in the state of Cal-EE-forn-EE-ah.