Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Too Much On My Plate
Lately, I have been experiencing Pomona through the eyes of outsiders. As I have recently met new co-workers, I am seeing a lot of confused faces when I tell them I live in Pomona. And, it's not just my imagination. I think people form an image of who I am as a person, and when they find out I live in Pomona, it just doesn't jive. A couple of them have flat out asked me why on earth I live here.
Even I, Goddess, have a hard time describing Pomona to outsiders. They nod their heads when I tell them, but I can see that they are still wondering "What the?"
Then on the weekends, I've been seeing Pomona from the eyes of the people from Phillip's Ranch. Mr. Big joined the Pomona AYSO this month. I'm told the Pomona AYSO was defunct for a few years, after accusations of misappropriation of funds. This year, a wonderful Pomona couple named Jessie and Alex run the whole show, with assistance from volunteer parent coaches and refs. The kids and parents involved in the organization are total Pomona people, as in the nicest ever! But the Pomona league is so small that there aren't enough teams to play ourselves, so we have to go up to Phillip's Ranch to play the Phillip's Ranch teams on the weekends. The Phillips Ranch folks have their own AYSO league called the Phillip's Ranch AYSO, because, you see, they don't consider themselves a part of the rest of Pomona. I'm told that last year, the Pomona teams ran circles around the Phillip's Ranch teams. Can't say that's really happening with Mr. Big's team this year, but give 'em time.
For the past two Saturdays, once we set foot in Phillip's Ranch Park, it felt like going to a whole different Country, or at least a whole different town. Our Phillip's Ranch competitors this past Saturday actually looked a little scared when they realized they were playing a team from big, bad Pomona. (For those who are still confused, let me spell it out: Phillip's Ranch is NOT a separate City, but rather part of the City of Pomona. Though you'll never get a P-Rancher to admit THAT at a cocktail party, much less a soccer game!) They say the only Phillips Rancher willing to claim Pomona is Elliott Rothman, the City Councilperson from Phillip's Ranch. And that's only because he wants something from those of us in lowly Pomona: our vote for him for Mayor of Pomona!
The Pomona teams could use some sponsors btw. If any local business owners would like to contribute towards game banners (which ALL the Phillip's Ranch teams have, and only ONE of the Pomona teams has), you can email me or get in touch with aysopomona.org directly.
And as for my vote for Mayor of Pomona, it's with the guy from Pomona, of course: George Hunter. THE END