1. Figuring out which bay you’re in
Growing up in a place filled with fame leads a young mind to believe their hometown is cooler than the average suburb. Los Angeles’s South Bay has set the scene for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 90210, and The OC in addition to being the home of many famous residents like Tiger Woods, Maria Sharapova, and Shaquille O’neal. Although us natives have likely never met a celebrity or watched the taping of a show, we know there must be something special about this place.
And yet upon leaving Southern California, we learn that no one north of Santa Barbara or east of San Bernadino has ever heard of our coastal community. When mentioning the South Bay, they confuse it with the San Francisco Bay Area or its south bay subset, Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz. At first we think them ignorant, but as we venture farther from our Southern California bubble, our disbelief turns to realization that we are not from the center of the universe.