Orange County gets a bad rap. While recently chatting with a new friend in the desert, the classic look of disdain crossed her face when I mentioned Orange County—the Oh, I could never live in a bland homogenized community full of Orange County Housewives and zero charm. I get it. I thought the same before transferring to NBC’s OC bureau in 1999. Never did I think the eclectic nature of my favorite Hollywood or Mid-Wilshire districts existed in the OC.