Monday, February 13, 2006

The Governator says "Kahleefornya"

Los Angeles is a richly varied place. It's what I love about all big cities. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more diverse population than in New York City, but L.A. has a similar melting pot feeling. Anglos, Hispanics, Africans, Asians.

This makes for huge cultural diversity, with much variance in food and drink, and many languages spoken. And it's but one city in this country's most populous state.

I tried to think of a single word I might choose to represent this vast conglomeration (which is maybe a better word than what I chose), for this land of stringent pollution standards and hippies and 12-lane freeways and Austrian bodybuilder governors and the greatest climate and topography variations of any state.

What single word might serve for the state of California?

How about

or·gan·ic (ôr-găn'ĭk)
1. Of, relating to, or derived from living organisms: organic matter.
2. Of, relating to, or affecting a bodily organ: an organic disease.
3.--a. Of, marked by, or involving the use of fertilizers or pesticides that are strictly of animal or vegetable origin: organic vegetables; an organic farm.
--b. Raised or conducted without the use of drugs, hormones, or synthetic chemicals: organic chicken; organic cattle farming.
--c. Serving organic food: an organic restaurant.
--d. Simple, healthful, and close to nature: an organic lifestyle.
4.--a. Having properties associated with living organisms.
--b. Resembling a living organism in organization or development; interconnected: society as an organic whole.
5. Constituting an integral part of a whole; fundamental.
6. Law. Denoting or relating to the fundamental or constitutional laws and precepts of a government or an organization.
7. Chemistry. Of or designating carbon compounds.
1. A substance, especially a fertilizer or pesticide, of animal or vegetable origin.
2. Chemistry. An organic compound.