Checking off a mini-bucket list item in California

You may know how much I love U2’s song, “California.” It’s easily my favorite from Songs Of Innocence and ranks really highly for me among U2’s entire catalog.

The reason is simple: It does a great job of capturing the vibe of the southern California coast that I experienced and loved for four years while attending Pepperdine University. The song has a vibe that reminds me of my college days, and the feeling that I — an east coast boy — had whenever we’d go out to the beach, or drive down to Los Angeles or up the coast to Santa Barbara or somewhere like that.

As soon as I heard “California,” I thought to myself that it would be super fun to crank the song on a nice car stereo while driving along Pacific Coast Highway. And I finally had the chance last week when Cari and I were down in Los Angeles for a combo business/pleasure trip.

Sooooooo fun! It was as awesome as I hoped it would be! (My wife shot the video while I drove, by the way.) Traffic was a little heavier than I wanted it to be, so we had to drive a little slower than I would’ve preferred, but it was still really great to have that song blaring with the sun glaring on us and the Pacific Ocean shimmering right outside the driver’s side window. Loved it!


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