Exactly! Unless you live in Southern California where it could be South Carolina, but more likely Southern California or (sit down) the University of Southern California - USC or simply SC. And if you are talking universities "Cal" is Berkely, as in University of California, Berkley
I am glad you didn't mention avocados, you really can't get a decent one here, they don't travel well.
I lived in SC (hah, take THAT scflock!) for the first 23 years, then I moved away from the overpopulation My Dad and stepmother lived near Portland, Oregon. For some reason when you say Portland in Vermont, people assume you mean the one in Maine.
There were ~.5M in Los Angeles county when my grandparents moved there (3 from Spain), 5M when I was born, 7.4M people when I left in 1979. There are over 10M now. Better "you" than