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Down on the Farm: Beach culture

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We in the Upper Midwest see Southern California through the lens of television, and frankly, what we often see are a bunch of flakes.

On the ground in Southern California, the reality is, yes, people here are   unleashed from the constraints we feel back home. And good for them. I think it has to do with the proximity to the beach. Think about how people act on July 4 at the lake. Multiply that by 365, and you have Southern California.

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