[Dixielandjazz] Prunepickers delight
willc at highstream.net
Wed Mar 2 07:24:50 PST 2005
dingle at baldwin-net.com wrote:
> Bill Gunter wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> Ed Coltrin writes:
>>> There aren't too many bonny fides Californians, Bred, Born and
>>> raised in the Golden State, saw the Dust bowl victims and the after
>>> WW II migration. I guess you'll had to come from somewhere.
>> Actually I was born in San Francisco (which was and still is part of
>> California). However, the society and culture into which I was thrust
>> bears zero resemblance to conditions prevaling here currently.
>> So while I'm one of them rare "Native Californians" it really doesn't
>> mean a whole helava lot today.
>> Bill "No Longer a San Franciscan" Gunter
>> jazzboard at hotmail.com
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> While not a California by birth, I was mostly raised in California.
> Some school in San Fran ( part year) and LA ( part year) prior to age
> 9, I was then schooled the rest of my K-12 years in No. Hollywood. I
> also worked in California over many stops and stays before and after
> college. But, the San Fernando Valley of my youth and the life style I
> enjoyed at that time is no longer in existence. Last time I was back
> there, the places we kids thought as safe to be in are now places I
> wouldn't walk a mean dog through at night, the air quality is god
> awful at times, and the traffic, even for one familiar with that of
> Chicago and Detroit, is white knuckling.
> Things change -- no always for the good. I remember California the
> ways it was growing up there, but it bears little comparison with what
> I found there on my last visit. It is no longer the No Hollywood of my
> time when our high school band (including the late Gene Estes, the
> recently honored (again) John Williams, the fine Les Brown bassist Mel
> Pollen, Perry "Bunny" Botkin, Jr., and tenor man John Banbridge) could
> play a gig in Van Nuys, drive after hours all the way to Chinatown to
> unwind at a restaurant there until the middle of the night, get home
> by four in the morning, and never have any fear of getting mugged or
> hit by stray gang shootouts, and not make our parents nervous. Doubt
> that that level of security could be found there these days.
> Perhaps the air is clean and pure where TCash lives, but he needs to
> head to L.A. some time for a reality check.
> True, right now we have over a foot and more of snow on the ground,
> and ice drooping from t he eaves. But it will be gone soon, the air
> here in North Michigan IS pure and clear, we have 156 clean lakes in
> just this one country and 2,000 miles of streams and tributaries rates
> as class A trout waters and where we are just getting ready for the
> annual steel head run.
> So, you picks your spot, you takes your choice and if it fits, keep it.
> Don (tying steel head flies as the fireplace crackles) Ingle
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"The miners came in '49,
The whores in '51.
And the product of the twain
Was called the Native Son"
Will (former LA grapestomper" Connelly
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