Best of OC, Nos. 11 to 25

From OC TV shows to the Balboa Island ferry

I beg to differ!Mechanical, schmechanical. If you're going to ride, sit on the real thing. Check out the farm fronting the San Diego (405) Freeway just before Westminster Ave. Park along the northbound 405 shoulder immediately opposite Westminster Mall, turn on your hazards and jack up an axle like your ride is disabled. Then hop the chain link fence, corner a steer moping around in the field and ride 'em, cowboy! Sure, it's probably illegal: it's best to do it in the injury-inducing dark and these aren't the healthiest-looking livestock (I caught one of them smoking the other day); but at least no one will accuse you of being a faggy urban cowboy who couldn't make it as a punker. (Matt Stanfil)

I beg to differ! Supercross—except for the erotic part. That's all I'm gonna say. (Theo Douglas)

Martinez: Genius. Photo by Tenaya Hills
Martinez: Genius. Photo by Tenaya Hills

No. 25: Balboa Island Ferry
As long-standing attractions to take out-of-towners continue to disappear (rest in peace, Balboa Fun Zone), the flat-decked boats that shuttle cars and pedestrians between Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula have somehow managed to hang on—since 1919! Whether you're destined for a Balboa Bar, un-jangling your nerves after the nightly jam at PCH and Jamboree, or simply sea-airing out the Scion before reaching the inevitable police checkpoint next to Malarkey's, taking the scenic quarter-mile ferry ride is worth the effort and miserly fare. Park Ave. and Agate Ave., Newport Beach; Operates Sun.-Thurs., 6:30 a.m.-midnight; Fri.-Sat., 6:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Pedestrians, 30-60 ; bicycles and automobiles, 50-$1.50.

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