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California Dreamin’…

Good morning, Netizens...

In a scene somewhat familiar to people in Spokane from last summer's wild fires, stairs leading up to a home destroyed by fire are seen at the Oakridge Mobile Home Park in the Sylmar area of Los Angeles, Calif. on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008. Several hundred homes at the Mobile Home Park were destroyed by a wildfire that raged through the community. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, Pool)

California often comes to me in my dreams, for I know parts of it that reside uncomfortably in my heart, much as part of me still wanders the ragtag yet intellectual streets of the East Bay Area. I can visualize how things are, having been there, still taste the unwashed atmosphere that comes before the dawn. Berkeley, attired in her finery, is always strewn with garbage early on Monday morning, awaiting the collectors, and old Bolshevik women wandering before the dawn peer into high-end shops wondering why anyone would pay $600 for a pair of shoes unfit for walking.

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