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IRVINE...YAY!!! The amalgamation of rich, white, right- wing conservative Republicans, with educated North Asians combined with the "Let's keep the African American populace out by living in bland, gated communities, and raising the property values to a ludicrous high even though there is no natural beauty whatsoever" mentality creates the perfect setting for a college town. (If you haven't pick up on my gratuitous sarcasm, you probably live in the superficial, overprotected generica called Irvine.)
Once you get past the "bad driver soccer mom in Excursion" species, there is plenty in Irvine to enjoy. These aspects do not include: Non-corporate coffee houses such as Starbuck's and the faux-Starbucks, Diedrich's; beaches that rival La Jolla's, Newport's or Santa Barbara's; and a personal, friendly atmosphere. That warm personal touch is synonymous with any small town and the antithesis of Irvine.
What about fun?! You can still barrel down the streets in your Mercedes-Benz S 600, oblivious to all traffic laws and pedestrian lives, like the majority does already. But for those of us sans $120,000 for climate controlled leather comfort, Irvine offers very little. However, It is in a prime location for those who wish to take an intrepid journey into the real world. Los Angeles less than an hour to the north, and San Diego an hour south provide ample opportunities to have fun, go to clubs, and mingle with races other than the aforesaid two. Newport Beach is about ten minutes away, however beaches close at ten PM--an atrocity to this San Diego bred teen.
As far as high school life goes, I have no first hand experience here; I went to high school in La Jolla Ca. Yet, from what I see, teen life reflects the Irvine parents' sub-standard parenting skills. You'll see 16 year old girls trying to look MUCH older, and 16 year boys trying to emulate the "bad boy" image of Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit. The former drives a new Jetta with a "princess" sticker, and the latter wears a red, backwards baseball cap and drives a raised Ford F150. The style of each shows attempts to rebel against the parent figures that "raised" them and bought these vehicles. By "raised" I mean from a young age the kids are taken care of by Hispanic nannys, and have money thrown at them instead of love. This money is supposed to make up for the lack of time the parents spend with their children. Anyway, I digress...
Finally, there is one upside. UC Irvine is one of the best universities in the nation, and without its fine academic standards and its sheltering students from the city itself, I would not even think twice about passing the "City of Irvine" sign while driving MY SUV at at 85 MPH.
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