Orange County did not even rate a mention on America’s Drunkest Cities as listed in Forbes Magazine. I can sort of understand how we were beaten by the likes of New York, Boston and Vegas. But come on, Cincinnati? Norfolk?

I suppose you could say that our lack of imbibing makes us a classier place. That all of the natural beauty and wonderful weather we have puts alcohol way down on the list as a means to increase our happiness.

Or it could just be that Orange County is never really categorized as a “city.” Somehow Orange County became an accepted national identity for over 20 quite disparate cities, and I’m torn as to how that happened. I’m not sure there is any other geographical place with a similar circumstance. I’d hate to give Fox that kind of power, but it seems like the show put Orange County on the map of America’s consciousness. Prior to the show, we were always just sort of lumped in with Los Angeles in the minds of anyone residing anywhere other than Southern California. And really, how was anyone on the outside to know better?

But I’m chafing over here. We deserve some respect. It’s time we gathered the tattered rags of our pride around our shoulders and declared that there must have been a grave miscalculation. No way is Charlotte drunker than us.

2 Comments so far

  1. buddog (unregistered) on August 27th, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

    We’ll if it makes you feel any better, I was WAY drunker than Charlotte last night.

  2. Michelle (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 9:52 am

    I like the way you think!!!!!!I don’t think I know anyone in the OC that does not drink. Or at least go out for a beer or cocktail after work. The OC is all about having a good time…honostly.

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