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I am a California Valley Girl. I was born and raised in Sacramento, married a man born and raised in Stockton, and we have raised our family in the Modesto area. Some people might say a valley girl doesn't really appreciate the meaning of changing weather. It is true that the valley has pretty mild weather patterns compared to say somewhere like the Mid-West. My only experience with what many call "true seasons" was when Keith and I lived in Germany for three years. I remember waiting an entire year for summer to come. I finally figured out that Germany did not and will likely never have three months without rain. And for me, that is Summer. But even so, I love the perhaps gentle changes in our Seasonal Scape here in Central California.