Inspired by this list of 23 Signs You’re a New Yorker, here is my list of signs you live in Stinson Beach.
1. Without fail, you will find sand in the lint trap of your dryer. No matter how vigorously you shake your laundry.
2. You save your egg crates to be refilled at your local 24-hour honor system farm stand.
3. You live in a place safe enough to have a 24-hour honor system farm stand.
4. You know there are posted hours for your local gym, but since all of the locals have their own keys, it really doesn’t matter what those hours are.
5. You don’t worry too much about whether the artwork on your walls is straight and level, — since your house was probably built on sand, your walls probably aren’t even straight and level.
6. You know the real summer is between September and October, not June and August.
7. You have a unique definition of what you “really need.” Since you can get most of what you need in town and since it’s at least 30 minutes over a winding road to a Costco/Safeway, you think twice about whether you really need it before heading over the hill.
8. You giggle a little when you see someone from out of town lock up their bike to grab lunch — bike locks are so unnecessary in Stinson Beach.
9. Even your 2-year-old daughter knows the 15-second test of the air raid siren at noon and 5pm are only tests — not real emergencies.
10. Your emergency plan is pretty simple — if it’s a fire walk to the beach, if it’s a tsunami walk up the hill…if it’s an earthquake, since you practically live on a fault…good luck!
11. You’ve been recruited by at least 5 people to join the volunteer fire department solely based upon the fact that you’re under 60 years old.
12. You shop at the Stinson Beach Market in your pajamas, and you put the order on your tab.
13. On a weekday night, not only can you walk down highway 1, but you’re more likely to see deer, foxes, coyotes, skunks and owls, than another person.
14. Your know your local school bus driver surfs while the kids are at school.
15. You have access to public transit, but it is geared toward getting tourists to your town, not so much for getting you to anywhere you would want to go.
16. Technically none of the restaurants in town deliver…technically.
17. You know the names of at least 4 friendly town dogs.
18. You know where to find not one, but two operational phone booths and when one of them breaks, you can try using the cup and string instead.
19. Your kids have to make up their own forms of entertainment.
20. You may live in a small town, but you essentially live in a 51-acre park surrounded by a 7,000+ acre national seashore…so you can literally hike out your back door!
21. The town green is mostly maintained by volunteers, and you are one of them.
22. You’ve given directions to at least a dozen people who have unsuccessfully tried to find the turn off for Bolinas.
23. You operate on West Marin time….which most definitely is not a New York Minute.