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11 February 2004 @ 10:56 pm
There really should be a version of the famous New Yorker map for LA  
Some times the West Wing does make it amusingly obvious that it is written by a West Coaster. They get the cosmetic details right, an episode a few days ago mentioned Iota in Arlington, but the perspective can be totally out of wack. Example, today's Bravo episode. One of the B stories is about Josh working with a Republican on a bill for bay cleanup. There are all sorts of references 'Have you ever been to Chesapeake Bay', 'You really should visit Chesapeake Bay sometime', as if it was some small scenic inlet a distance away.

First of all, I don't think I've ever heard someone use Chesapeake Bay in that way. It's 'the Bay' or 'the Chesapeake'. And you don't visit the Bay, it comes to you. It defines the entire midatlantic region -- we cross it on the way to seaside vacations, we sail it, we go to Baltimore and sit by the docks. All our rivers pour into it, all our oldest history comes out of it. It's like hearing someone talk about the Mississippi like it was their local creek.
 
 
 
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on February 12th, 2004 05:05 am (UTC)
I've noticed things like that when watching Gilmore Girls (which is set in Connecticut). I was particularly amused when the grandmother, who is rich, upper crust Connecticut Society with a big S called 84 'the 84'. No one refers to highways like that out here. :) It's either 84 or I-84, for the most part. :) Depending on where you live, sometimes it's just 'the highway'. But since Emily is supposed to live in the ritzy section of one of the big cities in CT, I'll grant that it's probably not 'the highway', but it certainly wouldn't be 'the 84'. :)

California tv writers have a very curious idea of how New Englanders deal with snow, too. :)
Lauratavella on February 14th, 2004 09:37 am (UTC)
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Oh, yeah, I caught the 'the 84' reference. I don't watch GG anymore -- how did they have them dealing with snow?