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post #46 of 230
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before moving to a nice part of the OC my parents owned and ran nursing homes in Riverside. We lived in the Woodcrest Hills area and it was really nice (all the houses were unique and big and had pools almost gated community like),
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for all the diversity you see in southern california, most of the races actually kept to themselves in insular communities, especially the asians and jews. even socioeconomically there isn't that much of a mix, its mostly homogeneous communities where whole towns are well off or poor, of a certain racial demographic, and weren't really friendly/neighborly. this is how my 8-10yo eyes saw it in the late 80's.

does it occur to you that maybe your impressions are based on where you lived? my neighborhood is incredibly diverse ... probably 5-6 nationalities and/or races within a half block in either direction. of course, we don't have gates.
post #47 of 230
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I lived in California for about 2/3s of my life and have returned for at least one month a year in every year that I have not. I have never, ever, heard a single actual person use the phrase "the OC" IRL. Not before the TV show and not after.

Similarly, only people from somewhere else say "Cali." Term did not exist among natives in the '70s, '80s and '90s.
post #48 of 230
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I lived in California for about 2/3s of my life and have returned for at least one month a year in every year that I have not. I have never, ever, heard a single actual person use the phrase "the OC" IRL. Not before the TV show and not after.

this is true. on all my maps, it just says "here be monsters".
post #49 of 230
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Didn't a lot of Okies, Texas and Arkansas folks settle there?

That's actually Bakersfield, which by the way, isn't that bad. Modesto, Stockton, Vallejo and Oakland are the worst up North. Hemet, El Centro, Pomona and the whole of San Bernardino County down South. Personally, I think Hemet is the worse of the whole bunch.
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Has anybody mentioned San Francisco?
I'm just shocked there are worse places. So much for exploring the neighbouring towns. lefty
post #51 of 230
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post
I lived in California for about 2/3s of my life and have returned for at least one month a year in every year that I have not. I have never, ever, heard a single actual person use the phrase "the OC" IRL. Not before the TV show and not after.

Similarly, only people from somewhere else say "Cali." Term did not exist among natives in the '70s, '80s and '90s.

As an OC native, I can confirm that the locals didn't use the definite article.
post #52 of 230
Fontana, Bloomington, Colton, Blythe, Calexico are much worse than Hemet. Not that that's saying much.

Bakersfield stinks, from the oil. I get a headache just getting near that place.
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post #53 of 230
Is every Bakersfield resident required to have a tattoo and goatee?
post #54 of 230
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As an OC native, I can confirm that the locals didn't use the definite article.

I grew up north of the orange curtain, but I never heard that phrase before the show. Now I hear it fairly often--it's been spread around enough that TV weather and traffic people use it. Makes for a nice parallel when you talk about THE sigalert on THE 405 in THE oc.
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Is every Bakersfield resident required to have a tattoo and goatee?

only the women.
post #56 of 230
What about San Diego.




But, really I think the posts covering Kern county and Riverside county identify the worst. It's kind of hard for me to give any interior county any chance, no matter the metrics used as in quality of life, restuarants, home value blah blah:

If you aren't near the coast, you're toast
post #57 of 230
Worst city? Los Angeles.
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Worst city? Los Angeles.

tourist.
post #59 of 230
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Worst city? Los Angeles.

Meh. I like it. I am young, have no children, don't care about pollution and I have some beach bum friends. So it's good.
post #60 of 230
Maybe I've just traveled around CA more than most but I can't take a lot of these answers seriously. I'm not a fan of Glendale but to put it up with a town in IE? c'mon. Heaven (Los Feliz) is just a five minute drive.

Modesto was the first place I thought of when I saw the thread title. It's hopeless. There is no escape. And I can say that having lived in Lake Arrowhead and being intimately familiar with the IE ( for better or worse.) Fontana, Etiwanda, etc are pretty bad but there's a glimmer of escape.

It's funny that Baron mentioned Adelanto. My father grew up there and would probably emphatically agree. Also, no one has mentioned East San Diego yet and Alpine deserves a mention.
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