New York Times, meet Humboldt
The New York Times magazine has a nicely-worded piece about Humboldt County. It describes our “hysterical shifts in landscape” and a “huge rainbow that seemed like the meteorological equivalent of a crazy person’s laugh.”
Locals and visitors alike might get a chuckle out of this passage:
My unfussy room [at the Arcata Hotel] had a claw-foot tub and a piping hot space heater, and seemed a great bargain for $99. I went back to the desk and asked if I might stay on through the rest of the week, which, incidentally, would overlap with New Year’s Eve. The desk clerk — ground down, I imagined, by her daily dealings with local free spirits and individualists — looked at me like I’d asked to crash for free on her couch.
“O.K.,” she finally said. “But you can’t bring a bunch of crazy, noisy people back to your room.”
“I don’t know any crazy, noisy people here,” I told her.
“You’re going to meet some, believe me,” she said.
“Well, even if I do, I don’t think I’ll want to bring them home with me.”
“They can be very persuasive,” she said.
The image also comes from the NYT. It’s a screen shot of an interactive map detailing “racial and ethnic concentrations.”
Humboldt is very white (77%) but based on the growth rates of other groups it appears the times are a changin’.