People in OC don’t know how terrible it really is…

I’m a transplant from Santa Cruz, one of the more picturesque towns on the Central Coast. I moved to Orange County for college. During my time here, I have noticed many things — some bad, some not so bad.

People who live in Orange County don’t know how good they have it. It’s always sunny and 75 degrees. The beach is just a short drive away. LA is in one direction and San Diego is in the other. The location is perfect.

But at the same time, people in OC don’t know how terrible it really is. Here are 10 Things I Hate About Orange County.

1. Every building here is beige or brown.

Seriously, every building. Who painted this place? It’s like they were trying to take all the life out of it and succeeded.

2. You need to have a car to get literally anywhere.

Once, I tried taking the bus to Newport Beach and it took me to the end of the bus route. I was still two miles away from the beach.

3. You will never eat for under $10.

For a college student, this is a real killer. And let’s be real, it’s usually closer to $17 a meal. Unless you frequent fast food restaurants on a regular basis, say goodbye to all your restaurant outings. All I can say is thank God for frozen, ready-to-eat meals.

4. Don’t even think about getting on the highway between 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

It took me two hours to get to Anaheim from Irvine once. Two. Hours.

5. Santa Ana winds.

That is all.

6. Shopping isn’t a hobby, it’s a lifestyle.

Sometimes, it seems like the only thing there is to do in Orange County is shop. My paycheck dies a painful death every time I step foot into one of the countless malls.

7. As soon as you cross the Orange County line, all the cars instantly morph into BMWs or Mercedes.

You’ll never see a driver use their turn signal again.

8. Everyone loses their mind when it rains.

Especially on the road. You’d think it’s the first time people had ever seen it. I’ve nearly been in car accidents at least 10 times because somebody took a turn at regular speed during rain.

9. Renting an apartment is a nightmare.

In the case of Irvine and Newport Beach, one company owns every building. It probably costs around $1,000 to rent out a closet in those towns. Living alone is a distant, distant dream.

10. There’s a general attitude of intolerance in OC.

I’ve never noticed such a distinct racial and cultural divide. Coming from a considerably more liberal area in California, tolerance and diversity are kind of a big thing in Santa Cruz. Here? It’s stay on your own side.

Sure, there are things to hate about Orange County, but like any other place, it’s got some standouts. Disneyland, which could be ambiguous for some people but is a huge positive for me, amazing beaches and great schools, like UC Irvine. But please don’t take my word for it. Go out and discover the reasons to love Orange County yourself.

Originally posted 2016-04-12 21:54:31.

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