"California became a state. The state had no electricity. The state had no money. Almost everyone spoke Spanish. There were gun fights in the streets. -- So basically, it was just like California today except that the women had real breasts and the men didn't hold hands (even at Mass)."
That's what happened on 9/9/1850, according to Dr. Phil - No, not Dr. Phil, the shrink. Dr. Phil Blosser, the Pertinacious Papist. Speaking of Dr. Blosser, whose blog I haven't read in a bit, he's got some good liturgy musings to check out, including an article by Nicholas Postgate, the infamous Liturgical Dance videos from the Religious Education Conference in LA, aka "MahonyFest" (Gerald's pet name for the conference), and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. These and more are still on his front page, so check 'em out (if you haven't yet) while you still can without having to search the archives. It's good reading.