Top 3 White Moments

14 Aug

There are lots of white folks in Oakland (ever been to Piedmont Avenue or Art Murmur?). And there are lots of people of color in Orange County (Santa Ana and Westminster…holla!). But OC takes whiteness to a whole different level. If nothing else, from an anthropological perspective, it is fascinating living here. Here are my top 3 white moments in the past month:

1. Going to see a Pink Floyd cover band at the Orange County Fair.

My partner’s friend had extra tickets and I was game because live music is usually fun. It wasn’t bad. I’m told they were actually very good and their musicianship was apparent. But the sheer numbers of beer-guzzling white folks hollering their love for a band that doesn’t technically exist anymore, devil horn fists pumping in the air, was a sight to behold.

2. Watching drunk marines and barefoot beach bunnies dancing on a PBR-soaked floor at Goody’s Tavern in San Clemente.

First of all, why, oh god why, would anyone dance barefoot on a floor that disgusting? I get the free spirit beach bum thing, but this was nasty. And I just get nervous when I see that much military personnel in a room together, especially when the only women of color are me (flashes of Vietnam/Korea/Philippines war trauma) and my Pakistani friend (no need to point out the U.S. military’s relationship with Muslims).

3. Fake boobs sightings at the Newport Beach and Huntington Beach Piers.

It’s actually a pretty diverse group of people hanging out at the beach on a sunny Saturday, but when you focus specifically on the breast-enhanced sub-population, things start looking pretty monocultural. I don’t make it a habit to stare at women’s chests and I’m actually not very good at telling born-this-way from surgery-required, but it’s become a favorite pasttime because it’s so obvious and prevalent. I couldn’t find stats on plastic surgery in Oakland versus Orange County, but I’m willing to bet that it’s way higher down here. A 15-minute walk on the pier will yield an average of 6-10 sightings, while a 15-minute walk around Lake Merritt would yield 0-1.

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2 Responses to “Top 3 White Moments”

  1. Wes! August 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    what, no pictures of #2 and #3? 😉

  2. cil1977 August 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    I think “Real Housewives of OC” has got me covered for #3 (you can see it on the home page). I’m not sure how subtle I can be with taking pictures of fake boobs at the beach, but I’ll do my best just for you, Wes. 🙂

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