Saturday, September 30, 2006

Blogging about Tracy, by accident

In the white noise of blogging, sooner or later Tracy had to be mentioned. And sure enough, it was:

Tracy, California, where I spent the day in Saturday [September 23], could have been the surface of Mars compared with my Southern California home. I went into a convenience store in search of trail mix and could find only a bag of salty nuts, dry raisins and M&Ms. I also picked up a couple of sticky-sweet granola bars from the shelves of potato chips, cheesy snacks, and beef jerkies. At the check out desk, the proprietor looked at my purchases and then at me, with curiosity. "Very healthy," she commented. Very strange. [Italics are mine --ed.]

This is too funny on many levels. First, we have a convenience store in Tracy? That alone is enough to crack anyone up. Although, perhaps we do, if we stretch the definition of the convenience store a little bit, to include a gas station [Of course, I'm trolling for comments about convenience stores here --Z.]

Second. The "Red versus Blue" angle is so chewed and spat these days, but those still delighted by the simple juxtaposition will no doubtedly enjoy Iowahawk's "Heart of Darkness". It is probably the cutest classic of the genre. Good times, good times. But still, isn't compare-and-contrast with Socal a bit rich?

The notion of trail mix being healthy is also something to cause a smirk, although perhaps not a hysterical laughter. It's probably 50% fat by weight.

P.S. The guy suffers from acute BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome), but he didn't just knuckle under the disease. Instead, he made it into a source of income, by publishing a book. Now that's a spirit I admire.

P.P.S. I did't think that Altamont could host proper NASCAR (not even ARCA), it's a "shorttrack" raceway. But a closer examination reveals that NASCAR's umbrella includes enormous number of series and activities. That weekend they had NASCAR Dodge Weekly series, apparently with trucks.


Blogger Amadeo said...

I'm now in Michigan, close to Detroit, and I could probably say the same things as the Tracy visitor opined, but this time all in favor of Tracy.

Though real estate prices here are a lot lower, I thought that the costs of many consumer commodities are much higher compared to Tracy and maybe the rest of the Bay Area.

6:50 AM  
Blogger ザイツェヴ said...

I only know one thing about Michigan: how conservatives love to gloat about its troubles. Check this out:

8:35 AM  
Blogger Amadeo said...

Observing conditions here, I am inclined to believe that Rich Lowry in that piece may have stumbled into some truths.

Businesses are staying away from the state because of onerous taxes (they say), raising the unemployment rate to almost 8%.

Of course, I good part of its woes are the problems of the auto industry.

Sad to see many boarded-up buildings even in downtown Detroit.

5:42 AM  

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