Friday, December 07, 2007
Is it safe there?
The San Francisco Chronicle used to march out Gertrude Stein's famous quote "there's no there there" in reference to Oakland on an almost weekly basis. The comment was taken out of context, since she made the comment in reference to her coming back to her home town of Oakland and finding many of the landmarks from her childhood gone. But to San Franciscans it was a way of driving home the point that there was nothing worthwhile in Oakland.
As a citizen of Pomona, I have repeatedly been asked, "Is it safe there?" AS a mom, this can come up in terms of making a playdate with a mom and kid you met in Claremont.
Here's what I can assure people of in terms of safety:
1. Rest assured, Pomona is safe from being taken over by corporate America. AS it is, we should be in the Guiness Book of World Records for having only *2* Starbucks in town.
2. Oh, and if your car breaks down in Pomona, or you run out of gas, or you ring a bell for Jesus in front of Stater Bros., safe to say that someone will help you out. I've seen it happen time and time again. If you're looking for someone who cares, you'll find them in Pomona.
3. Another safe assumption is that rain or shine, the hearty citizens of Pomona will be out in droves for garage sale day. Today's photos are proof of our town's drive to wheel, deal and downsize, despite the rain drops.
Garage sale day runs today through Sunday. It's a great event and one of the reasons we all get to know one another around here.