|An imagined conversation
"Hawthorne is really big."
"I know. But it's not as big as Torrance."
"Sure it is."
"Torrance is bigger. I'm right and you're wrong."
"I don't know how you can say that. When I go out driving, I'm always amazed to find myself still in Hawthorne."
"I get the same feeling about Torrance."
"Redondo Beach is also pretty big."
"You don't think Redondo Beach is as big as Torrance? I'll bet if you combined Torrance and Redondo Beach it would equal the size of Hawthorne."
"You are high. Torrance is the biggest city in the South Bay. It shits bigger than Redondo Beach."
"I've got a feeling about Hawthorne."
"It's a wrong feeling. Look, Torrance is down there at the beach and it's also way over at Crenshaw and then way, way over to the north as well. You get to Normandy, and you're still in Torrance. It's way bigger. It's almost too big."
"I don't know, Hawthorne still seems pretty big."
"Oh my god. I will not continue this insipid conversation."
"You're just denying the obvious."
"Don't talk to me anymore. I'm serious. I don't want to know you from now on."
Editors note: Hawthorne covers six square miles, while Torrance covers 21 square miles.
(Jan. 14, 2004)
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