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We stopped into the Campton Heights Cafe in Fortuna to have breakfast. That Sunday, we took a corner table and noticed only one man sitting at the counter reading the San Francisco Chronicle-- as we were. Our 20-something waiter was wearing the t-shirt depicted below with the words, "ERACISM" The removal from existence of the belief that one race is superor to another. From our table, we could hear the 50-something customer talking to the cook, a man probably in his 30's. (Needles to say, we are big eavesdroppers). They were discussing in great detail the current news events of the day, particularly the situation in the Middle East and other topics concerning economics. Mind you, their conversation tone was not laced with what one might stereotype as Fortuna colloquial lingo littered with derogatory terms. Their conversation was enlightened, educated and articulate. Then, in came a couple with the man wearing Cabela's hunting wear, a staple attire of Eel River Valley men. Quietly, the couple ate their oatmeal and discussed their family vacation plans to the Redding Water Works Park.
You see, Fortuna isn't just one type of person. There is diversity and texture within the city limits. By naively labeling the town's people as "a bunch of this and this and this in Fortucky" you really miss the nuances of The Friendly City with it's varied cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints.
Now, those stinkin' Hippies in Arcata...that's a whole different kettle of fish.