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Old 04-14-2012, 02:36 AM
 
Location: The Other California
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Rosemont Bar & Grill on Alhambra and J Street (?) with my great aunt and uncle, the latter retired from the California Dept. of Agriculture. He always ordered the amazing Rosemont Salad from the menu - crab, eggs, ham, cheese, asparagus, the works! The restaurant was said to be popular with Sacramento politicians.

Walking to class at Sacramento City College from my parking place deep inside Land Park, past the duck ponds. Watching the Vietnamese engineering students carry huge black and yellow calculus books, resolving to carry one of those books myself someday. I did.

A shady and serene S. Land Park neighborhood, the very picture of civilized life in a government town.

A Vietnamese refugee family in midtown, on the second floor of a roach-infested decrepit old building, in dire poverty and full of joy and laughter.

Long walks alone on the Sacramento River levee, in the Pocket, thinking about calculus problems and dreaming about nothing.

An all-night study session at Denny's near CSUS. It was around 2 or 3am. A rowdy group of blacks came in and made a lot of noise. After a while an older gentleman sitting not too far away from me walked over to them and politely asked them to be a little quieter. He was jeered. When he returned to his seat (next to mine), one of them hurled a full glass of water at him. Then they all got up and walked over to his table. One by one they poured food, drinks, and condiments over his head and walked out.

My regular Japanese barber on Freeport Blvd. A great conversationalist.

Freeport Bakery.

Tower Books and Records.

Mikshakes at Shari's on Florin Road with a girlfriend late at night.

Going door-to-door in the depressing industrial parks of Power Inn Road looking for work. Being asked in for an interview and hired on the spot.

The smell of Campbell's Soup - the factory, that is - in the early morning on Franklin Blvd.

My future wife telling me "it's a free country" when I asked to sit at her table at Sacramento City College.

A sociology class at CSUS in which I spoke up in defense of marriage and family and was roundly attacked for it. A pretty young Mexican lady accosting me after class and thanking me for speaking the truth.

A penitent Mexican girl, with a baby in her arms, walking on her knees towards the altar at St. Rose on Franklin Blvd.

Reading the prayer journal at St. Rose and being moved to tears.

Listening to Dvorak's "New World Symphony" in my wife's room at Mercy General Hospital the day my first child was born.

And you?

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Old 04-14-2012, 07:06 AM
 
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Love it! You expressed all of what I appreciate about Sac. Current memories bulding for me?

Random strangers saying hi, asking about my day, making conversation.

$5 crepes at Crepe'ville. Best I've ever had and ridiculously cheap.

Suit and tie sitting next to purple haired hipster at Old soul coffee.

Walking up and down the river, exploring plethora of parks I did not know even existed.

Discovering a new art gallery daily. I'm at 20 and counting.

Jogging at McKinley Park.

Finding more open mic and homegrown music than Denver, Seattle, and SF. People like their cheap entertainment here.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska - USA
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Tower Books and Records.
I remember going to Tower records off of Broadway and Land Park Drive back in the early 80's. It was the place where you could find great music that wasn't on mainstream radio. If you wanted to find an album by the Clash, Devo, or the Talking Heads, this was the place to go.

This goes back before the 80's, however I remember going to the zoo at William Land Park with my dad and stopping for burgers and Harvey's Drive Through near Riverside and Broadway.

Spending a Saturday morning at Jim Denio's out in Roseville.

Biking the American River bike train from somewhere near Sunrise Blvd to Discovery Park and back.

Spending way too much money at Skip's music, buying guitars and such, hoping to be a rock star one day.

Rock Music on 98.5 KZAP and 102.5 KSFM. I remember KROY-FM switching from top 40 to album rock during the early 80's as well.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:52 AM
 
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The Sunrise Mall cruise, primarily annoying to me because it meant it took 45 minutes to get into:

The midnight movies, at Sunrise, Birdcage, Arden Fair, Tower Theater, the Crest--endless viewings of Wizards, The Song Remains The Same, Maximum Overdrive, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Blue Velvet, etcetera.

KZAP morning DJ Kevin "Boom-Boom" Anderson getting fired for the "Jimi Hendrix Choke-Off" contest, where he encouraged callers to impersonate Jimi Hendrix choking to death on his own vomit.

You could hear the Clash, Talking Heads and Devo on KZAP, and if you stayed up late, occasionally a snippet of Frank Zappa, the Damned or Metallica, but Tower Records was where one found the Butthole Surfers, Killdozer or Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel.

Although there were also some fine independent record stores too: the Beat (when it was in East Sacramento), Esoteric Records, Records on K Street (now on Broadway), Makoto Records, and so on--although a lot of their stock had old Tower stickers on it, generally purchased at Tower during good times and sold at the used-record stores for rent money during bad times.

Purple-haired hipsters next to business suits at the original Java City in the 1980s, and the original Capitol Garage in the 1990s. I don't remember if I ever saw anyone in business suits at Weatherstone, it was too far from office buildings.

The Cattle Club on Folsom Boulevard, alternating between gay dance club nights and hosting little-known bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden. Other music venues like One Edge Up/Galactica 2000, Club Can't Tell, and the Oasis Ballroom.

Local newspapers--Suttertown News, the Aardvark, Alive & Kicking (publication arm of the Cattle Club) Alphabet Threat and plenty of others--I remember chuckling the first time I saw a copy of local gay paper "Mom, Guess What?"

Vintage clothing stores--Now & Again, the original Cheap Thrills, Crossroads, and a legion of others, matched by the equally huge number of eclectic junk shops and thrift stores.

The multitude of divey diners downtown, including the Camellia Cafe, Earl of Sandwich, and the multitude of little Mexican and Chinese restaurants along the sides of K Street.

Old-school coffee shops and dessert places that aren't there anymore: Gelato Robi, Pava's, No Jive Java, New Helvetia, Greta's Cafe, Terra Roxa, the aforementioned original Capitol Garage, Espresso Metro on 11th and K.

24 hour diners! While the ones I remember were all technically chain restaurants (Eppie's, Denny's, Lyons, Carrows) there were lots of places where you could drink coffee and eat french fries all night if you really wanted to. The last Lyons closed its doors just a few weeks ago, although apparently the Denny's on 3rd Street has gone back to 24 hour operation after closing 2-5 AM during the years when Old Sacramento was overrun with Oakland gangs escaping Mayor Brown's gang crackdown every weekend.
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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Not much form the '80s or '90s for me.

Crocker Art Museum, I just went around looking at the architecture with negligible interest in the paintings.
Old Sacramento, riding in the horse-drawn carriage, the candy store, the old saloon.
Rail road museum
Feeding the ducks and playing handball in McKinley Park
Sacramento Zoo
California Musical Theatre back when it was under the circus tent. It's much nicer, but just not the same.
Capitol Building/Capitol Park, rose gardens the awesome entryway and dome.
Lunches with Dad at the Market Club, Jim-Denny's, Capitol Park.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Elk Grove, ca.
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I remember the back in the days when Arco Arena was surrounded by rice fields
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Elk Grove, ca.
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Love it! You expressed all of what I appreciate about Sac. Current memories bulding for me?

Random strangers saying hi, asking about my day, making conversation.

$5 crepes at Crepe'ville. Best I've ever had and ridiculously cheap.

Suit and tie sitting next to purple haired hipster at Old soul coffee.

Walking up and down the river, exploring plethora of parks I did not know even existed.

Discovering a new art gallery daily. I'm at 20 and counting.

Jogging at McKinley Park.

Finding more open mic and homegrown music than Denver, Seattle, and SF. People like their cheap entertainment here.
Yes back in those days the people are very friendly. That is exactly what attracted me to live here in Sacramento. I want to escape the Bay Area rat race. A lot of stressed out people driving in the Bay Area too. The drivers in Sacramento will give up their turn on a "FOUR WAY STOP" with a waive and a smile
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:44 AM
 
Location: The Other California
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The drivers in Sacramento will give up their turn on a "FOUR WAY STOP" with a waive and a smile
Yep - and believe it or not, that is still normal behavior in Sacramento.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Folsom
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Yep - and believe it or not, that is still normal behavior in Sacramento.
where????
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:07 AM
 
Location: The Other California
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where????
Everywhere but downtown/midtown.

No, you're right - Oak Park, Del Paso Heights, Meadowview, and a few other spots have also lost their manners. Even moreso than downtown/midtown. But in much of the Sac region drivers are courteous.
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