Alex Funicello on the Greatness of California

For Alex Funicello, growing up in Fresno and later attending medical school there, did not happen by chance. Being a person whose first love was the Golden State meant that making it in California was always going to be a priority for him. The way his life turned out – he met his wife in college too – he obviously has no regrets about these decisions. But what it is that makes California so great? Is it because of Hollywood? Is it the natural sights, the climate or the ocean? To Dr. Funicello, it’s definitely a combination of these factors.

Coastline Wherever You Can See

With its 840 miles of coastline, California has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. As if that were not enough, the Pacific Coast Highway is famous for its mesmerizing beauty, being rated as one of the most exquisite drives in the United States and globally.

Amazing Climate

The weather is truly amazing in California, with the total sunny days ranging in the high 200’s in most cities, including Los Angeles, Bakersfield and Santa Maria.


Despite its undeniable negative aspects, Hollywood is still a magical place. It may not be as magical as it once was, but there are still great movies being made with great actors starring in them. In Hollywood, one can really run into their favorite stars.

As an outdoorsy person who enjoys hiking, Alex Funicello has always loved living in California, and together with his wife, they have discovered many of its hidden beauties over the years.




Alex Funicello – The Secrets of Long-Term Relationships

Alex Funicello is a renowned pulmonologist who has managed to thrive both in his private and professional lives. When asked about the secrets of a stable and happy marriage, Dr. Funicello offers sound theories.

Embrace Being Different

A long-standing cliché suggests that finding one’s soulmate is not only possible, but necessary if he or she wants to be happy. The truth is that the idea of a soulmate – at least in its widely imagined form – is false, and one could argue there is no such thing. A relationship is about embracing differences and learning to love someone despite their flaws, or sometimes because of them.

Accepting that Nobody is Perfect

Another problem is creating an unrealistic image of the partner, one that could not possibly live up to reality. Everybody is fallible, and anyone can make mistakes. The sooner one learns to accept this, the better off they’ll be.

Learn to Talk about the Reasons

There is no relationship without arguments. The truth is that even those who do not think that they make this mistake, will fall victim to arguments from time to time, maybe without even realizing it. Arguments happen, and there is nothing wrong with that until the reasons are revealed. Being honest is the most important thing in any relationship. Alex Funicello is capable of seeing the best qualities in his wife and still remaining realistic, which allows the two to have a really rewarding relationship that seemingly gets better and better as the years go by.


Alex Funicello – Making a Marriage Last

Alex Funicello is a devoted husband who is happily married, and has been for more than two decades. He met his wife while attending medical school. Their friends often argue that they were lucky, but they always tell them that, while their relationship and marriage has never really had any serious bumps, it still requires effort to keep it that way. As Dr. Funicello argues, nothing ever comes easily, and just because something seems effortless, it does not mean that there is no work behind it. When asked about their personal tips, he often mentions a combination of effort, playfulness and honesty.

Making one’s Marriage a Top Priority

Many couples make the mistake of not putting enough effort into their marriage, not making it a top priority. This may sound odd at first, but one could argue that a marriage should come before everything else, even if that couple has children. The reason for this is simple, when a marriage works really well and everybody is happy, everything else falls into place, including the happiness of the children. Even if there is a conflict, something happens, and the child makes a mistake, it is much easier to handle that problem if the marriage is strong. The marriage should always come first. If someone puts their children or especially their work first, way ahead of their marriage and personal needs, they could very easily bring the whole structure down.

Playfulness, Adventures

When a marriage really works, it usually involves two people who are equals in each other’s eyes. They don’t compete with each other, not really, but they always stay playful. Looking for adventures and being determined to live those adventures together is what a good marriage is about for the most part. This is as true for their sex life as it is for their everyday activities. Developing certain rituals that remind the spouses of key aspects of their marriage is also huge. They need to realize over and over again that they are one team. These common elements will be what ultimately decide their fate, for better or worse.


It’s a cliché, but honesty plays a huge part in the success – or failure – of a relationship. When people keep important stuff to themselves, it can be very damaging to the marriage. In fact, the number one reason why marriages fail is the lack of honesty. This does not have to mean being involved with someone else.  Simply not being honest about important things can drive a wedge between husband and wife, and it is very hard to bring back a relationship when that happens.

Alex Funicello is a devoted husband who – along with his lovely wife – has managed to build a strong marriage that can weather the storm whenever it is necessary.