What's Your CA Dream?

Cin Martino's California Dream


a self-portrait by Cin Martino

Over the last several weeks, we've asked Day to Day listeners to share their vision of the California Dream. Fame, health, satisfaction, blue sky or innovation—what defines your California Dream? Is the economy forcing that dream to change?

We'll be sharing your responses both on-air and here on Daydreaming. In this installment, Cin Martino remembers heading west in 1972 along Route 80 in a 1964 blue Ford Galaxy, a 13 foot Shasta travel trailer towed behind us with two cats sleeping in our pull-out bed..

Its 1973 and I'm fresh out of high school. I kiss my hometown in eastern PA. good-bye without a tear in my eye. My then boyfriend and I head west along Route 80 in a 1964 blue Ford Galaxy, a 13 foot Shasta travel trailer towed behind us with two cats sleeping in our pull-out bed. We reach the Pacific Ocean with two hours of daylight left and head south landing at the KOA campground in Santa Cruz. I'm horrified when I see my first topples beach bunny, but eventually embrace the love and became a regular at the Red, White & Blue nude beach. I brag about my brave new adventures on the backs of postcards with pictures of the Boardwalk, surfers and great white sharks that I send home to my envious friends.

I eventually marry, raise children and in 2000 buy a beautiful Victorian home on the west side of town, only to loose it in a divorce five years later when the housing prices go through the roof. Temporary insanity brings me to Portland, OR, where I now live and look out my window day after day into a sea of endless gray skies. With little effort I close my eyes and relive sunset walks and taste the pungent sting of salty ocean air on my lips. These memories enliven me and I begin to plot my return. As I click on Craigslist and search through the outrageous rents posted for the Bay Area, my California Dreamin turns into a strong dose of reality nightmare. I slowly lose my nerve, stare out into the gray abyss, and wonder if I'll ever make it home again.

If you'd like to share your California Dream, use the contact page provided here.



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Way to go cuz. But, I still think the Gulf of Mexico is the place to be. Love from your cuz in bama. Congrats on getting your story chosen.

Sent by O'Della | 9:18 PM | 7-8-2008

Hold tight to your dreams o' wild one, I am sure the salty sea air of California misses kissing your lips and illuminating your golden locks with golden sunshine.
The choice is yours, there is the path of:
"If there is a will, there is a way!" or
"You can't always get what you want, but you get what you need."

Sent by Seanna Cabezut | 2:15 AM | 7-9-2008

Very Poetic. A vision of the 60's brought into the realistic vision of the new era. But yet there is still hope of the CA dream, as I live here in South Torrance. It embodies my little ones with their soft brownish, golden locks and not so golden skin (spf 50) but that same twinkle in their eyes when they see the roll of the ocean and they romp in the sand on the perfect summer day in February! (ahhh Southern CA)

Sent by Veronica | 7:57 PM | 7-9-2008

we're still waiting for you, momma, Santa Cruz isn't the same with out you.

Love always,
you're own home-grown beach bunny.

Sent by yarrow jones | 1:45 PM | 7-21-2008

The mind is always so selective in choosing what really matters to us all isn't it? Familar smells, streets, cafes,memories,we can't ever repeat the good times we've had but we sure can work damn hard at having some more.Can't wait for some new Westside walks and the confirmation from all those surfers that yep we've still got it.Love ya, Megan

Sent by Megan Sanders | 11:59 PM | 7-21-2008

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