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No, I'm not talking about the store. Nor am I talking about the fake beach town that the company that owns the store imagined.
Yes, folks, Hollister, California does exist. It is a small city in the middle of farmlands and nature.
I was born and raised here. I graduated from the local high school, which has as a mascot a Haybaler, the farmer who bales hay, not the hay baling machine. While in high school, I wrote a newspaper column called...are you ready?...The Baling Wire.
After a couple of years at the local community college, I transferred to San Francisco State University and lived in the City for many years. When the Husband and I got together, we lived in cities across the Bay until we move to Hollister. This summer will mark our 10th year living here and with the Mama. She is the reason we moved down.
Do I miss living in a metropolis? Only when I want to eat out, see a movie, or browse in a bookstore.
How does the husband feel about living here? Ever since I've known him, he has said, "I want to go far, far away." Hollister is exactly that, even though it's an hour away from the city lights of San Jose.
If you'd like to see what my native town is all about, check out my other blog: Take 25 to Hollister, California. If you're interested in instantly learning a few facts about the city, check out Hollister versus Hollister.