California is a Mediterranean climate (at least where most of the people live), Florida is tropical. California is topographically diverse, Florida is flat as a pancake. California's spanish-speaking immigrants come from Mexico and Central America while Florida's come from the Caribbean (particularly Cuba). That's just a short breakdown of the differences between the two states in a few of the aspects in which they are most similar. Beyond that, they are very different.
As a white male when I applied for college...apparently I was not attractive to the Flagship UC schools Berkeley and Los Angeles...but all these women were...I mean this one asian girl left the things that didn't include race and grades blank and got into UCLA...what happened to the whole person concept.
I'm from SoCal but I love the Mid-State Area around Paso Robles.
Asian girl with a white last name? UC system stopped using race as a factor in choosing students. ONce that started, number of asians at the flagship campuses (UC Berkeley, UCLA) went up while blacks/latinos went down.
I'll never forget the wildfires of 03' in San Diego. The sky was a smoky red/pink and ashes were falling from the sky. Then I saw children lined up to get their picture taken with Sponge Bob in a park filled with homeless people. Then I knew everything was going to be OK.