I was watching the news with my girlfriend and something about Pismo Beach came on. Something totally insignificant, but my girlfriend got all serious and said, "Wow, that beach looks nice, especially after the Pismo Beach Disaster." "What happened in Pismo Beach?" I asked. "Well," she explained, "There was a huge flood, or something, but the Pismo Beach Disaster League pulled through and I guess they're all sorted now."
So I did a little online research and had to carefully break it to my girlfriend that the Pismo Beach Disaster was a creation of Amy Heckerling, the writer of Clueless, which happens to be one of my girlfriend's favorite movies. Anyways, she felt "cheated" and "lied to" that Cher had devoted all her extracurricular time to helping in an imaginary cause. She says that people probably gathered some of their precious belongings (like skis and caviar) and sent them off to this fictitious disaster relief fund. And the writers of Clueless are probably laughing as they unwrap new sporting equipment and set out some saumon gravelax to enjoy.
Anyways, Pismo Beach actually seems worth going to, disaster aside, and I plan on dropping by next time MY JOB SENDS ME OUT TO CALIFORNIA... Also, I've heard good things about these nearby attractions:
Just a word about Pinnacles. First, there are no disasters to speak of (that I know of), just to dispel any preconceived notions. Second, the National Park Service has put out an advisory warning against ruining the homes of raptors while they try and raise their young. Arenât raptors dinosaurs? Remember that scene in Jurassic Park when the raptors come into the kitchen and the kids are scrambling around trying to hide in kitchen cabinets? (I still have nightmares.) Well, according to Wikipedia, the raptor is also a modern day bird of prey with a "hooked beak, sharp talons, and keen eyesight." So yeah, I'd stay clear of them, too. Raptor is also a character for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. And a superhero from MC2 universe in Marvel Comics.
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