...and been bowled over by the changes? I left California in 2004, and the few times I've been back, I have been absolutely flabbergasted at the changes. Some of them are merely contextual, as I moved from the suburbs to the boonies, but some of them are really crazy. When I left Simi Valley, it had something like 150k people. Now it's over 300k. An entire area "back in the hills" which was suitable for dirtbiking and such is now completely built up with houses. There really is "rush hour" traffic on the 118 freeway. The cornfield that I played in is now host to Kohl's and other assorted strip mall shops. Old places I visited are gone. I just found out they bulldozed the entire KMart complex and the drive-in too. Anyone else been staggered by changes to their hometown?