So apparently Point Arena, California, where I grew up for the first 18 years of my life, has been singled out by The New York Times and The Globe and Mail as "California's hot new-go-to." This is highly amusing to me, considering how weird and idiosyncratic it is.

Not that it's a complete surprise. When I was growing up, I was often told Point Arena was a favorite surfer spot because, even though the water is ice cold (Orange County we are not) the waves are really spectacularly large. And, the (barely) underground marijuana industry aside, tourism has been the city's greatest source of income for a long time.

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Even so, it's weird hearing about places you recognize from your childhood described as a "top destination." I went to the theater (which also plays movies). I worked at the Lighthouse. I lived next to the African wildlife ranch (seriously, my old house is just a block to the west).

But hey, I'm glad it's getting some attention.