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post #166 of 230
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Originally Posted by Mark from Plano View Post
I was actually joking about this part. I recall seeing mountains off in the distance in B'fied. In Midland, the scenery is basically sagebrush, mesquite trees and pumpjacks. The two things you notice if you fly into Midland is (a) the landscape is dotted with oil well spacing units...it looks like a checkerboard where all the squares have been randomly shaken onto the floor, and (b) the only place that there are trees (other than mesquite bushes) are where they have been planted around houses, parks, golf courses, etc.

Yeah, in Bakersfield most of the big oil fields are either north of town or a ways out west on the opposite side of the valley.
post #167 of 230
The other bad thing about the the area around Bakersfield, especially near the 5 around Buttonwillow, is the cow smell. It's there all the time.

--Andre
post #168 of 230
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having lived in west texas, this is definitely true. in fact, i have a theory that what we're actually talking about is cotton culture. cotton is a destructive crop that really ruins the ground it is planted on fairly quickly. trace the family histories, food and musical styles and i think you'll find that the same folks who burned out land in the south, then traveled to east texas, then to west texas/oklahoma and then to the central valley. it's just one short generation from Bob Wills to Buck Owens.
though i have to say that of all of the places we've mentioned so far, NONE come close to approaching the sheer soul-searing awfulness of Midland-Odessa.

Geeze guys. I was very unaware that I spent the majority of my life in the worst city in America.
post #169 of 230
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Geeze guys. I was very unaware that I spent the majority of my life in the worst city in America.
You really should work in tourism.
post #170 of 230
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Originally Posted by SField View Post
Man california gets ripped on a lot... I'm moving part time to LA... now I'm scared.

I was once in Chatsworth... that was pretty bad.

To which area of LA are you moving? Huge differences in QOL.
post #171 of 230
I must be biased from living there the first 18 years of my life but I don't get the Sacramento hate.
post #172 of 230
Surprised only a few mentions of Glockton so far...
post #173 of 230
It was mentioned before, but needs to again: Turlock.
post #174 of 230
This is a tough one. Redding, Red Bluff, Anderson, Chico, Igo / Ono, etc....all those shitholes in the valley north of SF between Sacto and Whiskeytown. Yikes.
post #175 of 230
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post
Inspired by these poasts:









No poal because the options are too limitless.

I think the clear winner must be El Centro but let's see what people have to say.

I forgot about El Centro when I posted "Barstow" in the other thread. You may have a winner here. I've also passed through the Midland-Odessa, TX area and overnighted in Midland. It's pretty bleak, but doesn't compare with El Centro (or Barstow, for that matter).

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My dad's people are Okies. He grew up in Picher (zinc mining country) and they came west and settled in Redlands in the 40's. I still have a lot of family there, as well as Yucaipa, Calimesa, Mentone.

I've been to Picher, OK. IIRC, it's a toxic waste dump these days.

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This is a tough one. Redding, Red Bluff, Anderson, Chico, Igo / Ono, etc....all those shitholes in the valley north of SF between Sacto and Whiskeytown. Yikes.

What're you talking about? There's water skiing near Redding. How bad can it be?
post #176 of 230
Blackhawk, California.

Hi, can we supersize your McMansion?
Would you like an extra 3-car garage with that?
How about some genuine faux-wood trim?



Why they didn't name it Fauxhawk I'll never know.
post #177 of 230
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What're you talking about? There's water skiing near Redding. How bad can it be?

Just about anyplace is OK to visit for a few hours...those who live there can tell you it's a poor, pot/meth addled, mountainy version of Naples FL (i.e. God's Waiting Room).
post #178 of 230
Probably one of those dank, dreary towns north of Mendocino where the sun never shines and there's mold on everything. Something like Crescent City.
post #179 of 230
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Just about anyplace is OK to visit for a few hours...those who live there can tell you it's a poor, pot/meth addled, mountainy version of Naples FL (i.e. God's Waiting Room).
Never heard Naples described as that but it's very apropos. Palm Springs with a beach.
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Originally Posted by Parker View Post
Probably one of those dank, dreary towns north of Mendocino where the sun never shines and there's mold on everything. Something like Crescent City.

No way, nothing on the coast can be considered the worst. Though Pacifica is really terrible.
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