In February of ?79 I loaded up a bright red ?57 Chevy (sport coupe) and headed west from Detroit MI. The tender age of 23, first job out of school, and I was on my way out to the fabled land of Southern CA. It really is an amazing place in more ways than I can even imagine and I lived there for 10 years? Anyway, I drive there in 4 days and live in a motel for 2 weeks and find this cool ?pad? (described as such by the occupant as he was packing up) in a triplex with individual garages. My unit had the only garage with it?s own personnel door so?s I could work on the car easily. And this was important ?cause I had the aluminum intake manifold, 4V Holly and the headers to install. Perfect. Even better than perfect. A 2 BR apartment in Costa Mesa (right between Newport Beach and Huntington Beach ya know) and $320/mo. 8) So I have 2 other groups of people living in the same building with me. Group 1 is a family of mother, daughter and remarried husband. Mother and husband are alcoholics and daughter is a confused, slutty bleach blond with large breasts and genital herpes. Group 2 is a collection of post high school (not 21, I always had to buy for them) kids working labor jobs and their cars. The neighbors on one side are lesbians. Four women live there and have large parties with only women in attendance. Men are never seen there. Next to the lesbians are a black & white couple with an adorable tan daughter and chickens in the back yard. The alcoholics are very entertaining, get into fights often (requiring police intervention sometimes) and sometimes result in mother and daughter hiding in my place. When I first arrived, I was kinda surprised by all of the alcohol rehab hospitals advertising on TV. I told friends back home that you should come to CA if you have booze problems ?cause they have competitive rates? During my brief stay here, the Costa Mesa killer struck in my block and 1 of the lesbians shot herself - :shock: I am not even 25 yet. Welcome to CA. Everything you have ever heard about it is true. And not only that? It's right next door!