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Lots of work, little play

I spent six weeks in Bakersfield in the spring of 2001 doing turnaround work at the refinery. (For an explanation of "turnaround," please see my Gonzales, Louisiana page.) For much of that time, I worked 14 hours a day for 7 days a week. Needless to say, I saw nothing except the refinery, my hotel room, and a few restaurants. Fortunately, things relaxed slightly during the last week or so of my stay, and I had time to visit the surrounding area.

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  • Pros:Mostly Texans, Okies, and Cajuns
  • Cons:Surrounded by Californians
  • In a nutshell:Arrogant snoots hate it, but I loved it.
  • Last visit to Bakersfield: May 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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