Next week will be the two year anniversary of my writing this blog. To celebrate - and give myself a well-earned break- I'll be republishing some of my favorite older posts. This one first appeared in June of 2006:
My five year old son Mr. Big doesn't call it Pomona, he says Ponoma. I quizzed his best friend Madison yesterday and she says Ponoma too. This must be a common mispronunciation on the part of Pomona toddlers, since both Madison and Mr. Big say the classic "ppssghetti" as well. If Big got lost and told someone he was from Ponoma, would they ship him up north to wine-country Sonoma?
Mr. Big often refers to Claremont as "a Place called Claremont," which cracks me up. It reminds me of those pretentious names developers give housing tracts, or better yet trailer home parks, like "The Hills at Crest Ridge" or "The Place at Claremont." Mr. Big doesn't spell yet, but I bet if he did, he would put an "e" at the end of Claremont too, in the spirit of "shoppe" as opposed to just "shop." When I asked him why he likes Claremont so much, he told me, "Because I like to give it big slobbery kisses." Ahh, the next generation of Pomona-challenged.
I've been waiting for the right post to use this photo of Pomona's very own Donahoo's. I suppose this post is as good as any, seeing as I couldn't find any photos of trailer home parks with unfittingly swanky names.
Here's a list of Pomona's 12 trailer home parks, which I lifted from Web BePomona.com:
3. Foothill Mobile Park (an alternative for folks who either don't want to live in, or have been kicked out of, the homey village above), 402 Foothill