the backwater town of California, and the only city that has a UC and can still boast that citizens can go anywhere in town and know at least ten people there. Filled with baby boomers whose own parents are from the hick parts of the east coast, the schools may be filled to the brim, but do not be fooled: if there ever was a cliche "country" town in california, this is it.
"You know, when you're drunk you kind of have a Southern accent."
"Well, I'm from Merced."
"Oh. That makes sense, then."