In the East, it may be sufficiently symbolic to take an apartment three subway stops away from the family residence and proclaim independence. In the state of illusion and vast distances, establishing individuality may require leaving California. The young people of the East, rich and poor, are disciplined by the urban system in which they live. Trains have schedules. Buses stop at marked corners. Restaurants fill up at certain hours. Shops are open certain days, normally not on Sundays. California isn't like that. The young people of the West can almost shape their lives to suit, especially if they own a vehicle that can carry them anywhere at whim. California is home of the all-night market, Sunday shopping, and twenty-four-hour breakfasts in coffee shops. California is easy to rebel against because everything, including disaffection, is convenient. New York is not so easy.