Where’s So Cal?

No calendar of events this week, but I’ll leave you with this gem of an insight from Dan Odenweller, who as a Department of Fish and Game employee traveled around California in the late 1970s explaining to various interest groups why the Peripheral Canal was a good idea.

“What I discovered was that Southern California had different definitions,” Odenweller told me this week. “In Redding, Southern California started in Red BluffIn Stockton, it started in Tracy. In Bakersfield it started in the San Fernando Valley. And in National City it started at the border.”

This is gospel. Just ask my wife, who grew up in Cottonwood. My L.A. was her Bay Area. Or is that the other way around?

No matter where you are in this world, you’ve always got a Southern California to grumble about.

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