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Bakersfield

I was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA, a (surprisingly large) mid-size city in Central California with a majorly small town feel, where my family has been located for five generations.

I escaped "Bako" two and a half years ago when I moved to San Francisco, but I love my hometown!

Some things I think of when I think of Bakersfield:

  • The old "Sun • Fun • Stay • Play" sign.
  • Oil and agriculture... lots of fields.
  • Luigi's (FAV RESTAURANT EVER, open over 100 yrs)
  • Bakersfield staples - Dewar's (over 100 yrs), Smith's smiley cookies
  • Basque (and Basque restaurants - Woolgrowers, Benji's)
  • Padre Hotel 
  • Fox Theatre
  • Beautiful almond orchards
  • Carrots
  • Valley + Mountains (when you can see the mountains)
  • Politics (Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy is the Congressman for CA-23, from Bakersfield, interned for him in Field and DC offices)
  • Pollution
  • Traditions
  • Family
  • Country Music - Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakum
  • Desert
  • Oil rigs

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