I've moved around a lot over the past five years. Most of my worldly possessions fit into my car. Let me tell you that the realization one bad crash and everything you own could go up in smoke really puts some perspective on life. It also encourages you to drive safer. California, your temperate weather is pretty rad, but the extortionate rent is very not rad.
I've got a collection of embarrassing or painful (but always funny) stories I've experienced over the years. You ever been hit by a car? How about two cars? No? Don't bike or walk in Savannah, GA. Trust me on that.