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Keepin' It Real
I used to live in Vallejo, California. The town has much to recommend it, from fascinating history -- it was the first state capital -- to sublime weather -- 75 degrees Fahrenheit and sunny is the norm. But it also has an astonishing capacity to turn up in the news for distressing reasons. Some of you have seen the recent feature film Zodiac, which saw the town mentioned more in two hours than it previously had been in the history of cinema. It's a dubious fame, though. Being known as the probable home of a serial killer who was never caught is not exactly the pathway to civic improvement. And the current headlines aren't helping either. Today's San Francisco Chronicle has lead stories on both the madam threatening to reveal her high-profile clients in the nation's capital and a rapper who was gunned down, possibly in retaliation for previous killings. The latter story is particularly labyrinthine. Kim always says she doesn't miss the place. From my perspective, though, it's almost that you can't miss it.

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grandissimus From: grandissimus Date: April 3rd, 2007 01:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Vallejo of the Dolls

Two memories of Vallejo, CA:

The summer of 1986, my family and I flew to the bay area to attend my aunt's wedding. A few days before we had to return to dreary old St. Louis, we drove to Marine World (Marineland?), where my brother purchased one of those novelty "water weenies" that slips out of your hand when you try to grab it. Later that night, back at my aunt's house in Sausalito, I threw the water weenie at my brother, and it broke against the wall at the bottom of the stairs, the "water" in it leaving a grayish-brownish stain that defies my powers of description. And the smell!

Later that same year I read Robert Graysmith's _Zodiac_, which gave me such terrible nightmares that I couldn't sleep for two weeks.

Viva Vallejo!
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