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journals in the West,“ commented Baker. „They possess an influence inconceivable to an Easterner.“
The advertising columns were filled to bursting with advertisements of patent medicines, sex remedies, quack doctors, miraculous healers, clairvoyants, palm readers, „philanthropists“ with something „free“ to bestow, cleverly worded offers of abortion; with full-page prospectuses of mines; of mushroom industrial concerns having to do with wave motors, water motors, solar motors, patent couplers, improved telephones and the like, all of whose stock now stood at $1.10, but which on April 10th, at 8.02 P.M., would go up to $1.15; with blaring, shrieking offers of real estate in this, that or the other addition, consisting, as Bob knew from yesterday, nike air max of farm acreage at front-foot figures. The proportion of this fake advertising was astounding. One in particular seemed incredible–a full page of the exponent of some Oriental method of healing and prophecy.
„Of course, a full-page costs money,“ replied Baker. „But this is the place to get it.“ He pushed back his chair. „Well, what do you think of our fair young city?“ he grinned.
„It’s got me going,“ admitted Bob.
„Took me some time to find out where to get off at,“ said Baker. „When I found it out, I didn’t dare tell anybody. They mob you here a nike air max 1 nd string you up by your pigtail, if you try to hint that this isn’t the one best bet on terrestrial habitations. They like their little place, and they believe in it a whole lot, and they’re dead right about it! They’d stand right up on their hind legs and paw the atmosphere nike air max sale if anybody were to tell them what they really a air max 90 re, but it’s a fact. Same joyous slambang, same line of sharps hanging on the outskirts, same row, racket, and joy in life, same struggle; yes, and by golly! the same big hopes and big enterprises and big optimism and big energies! Wouldn’t you like to be helping them do it?“
„What’s the answer?“ asked Bob, amused.
„Well, for all its big buildings and its electric lights, and trolleys, and police and size, it’s nothing more nor less than a frontier town.“
„A frontier town!“ echoed Bob.
„You think it over,“ said Baker.
Part 2 Chapter 4
But if Bob imagined for one moment that he had acquired even a notion of California in his experiences and obse nike air max classic rvations down the San Joaquin and in Los Angeles, the next few stages of his Sentimental Journey very soon undeceived him. Baker’s b cheap nike air max trainers usiness interests soon took him away. Bob, armed with letters of introduction from his friend, visited in turn such places as Santa Barbara, Riverside, San Diego, Redlands and Pasadena. He could not but be struck by the absolute differences that existed, not only in the physical aspects but in the spirit and aims of the peoples. If th ese communities had been separated by thousands of miles of distance they could not have been more unlike.
At one place he found the semi-tropical luxuriance of flowers and trees and fruits, the soft, warm sunshine, the tepid, langourous, musical nights, the mellow haze of romance over mountain and velvet hill and soft sea, the low-shaded cottages, the leisurely attractive people one associates with the story-book conception of California. The place was charming in its surroundings and in it nike air max 90 sale s graces of life, but it was a cheerful, happy, out-at-the-heels, raggedy little town, whose bright gardens adorned its abyssmal streets, whose beautiful mountains palliated the naivete of its natural and atrocious roads. Bob mingled with its people with the pardonable amusement of a man fresh from the doing of big things. There seemed to be such long, grave and futile discussions over the undertaking of that which a more energetic commun nike air max 90 ity would do as a matter of course in the day’s work. The liveryman from whom Bob hired his saddle horse proved to be a person of a leisurely and sardonic humour.
„Their chief asset here is tourists,“ said he. „That’s the leading industry. They can’t see it, and they don’t want to. They have just one road through the county. It’s a bum one. You’d think it was a dozen, to hear them talk about the immense undertaking of making it halfway decent. Any other place would do these things they’ve been talking about for ten years just on the side, as part of the get-ready. Lucky they didn’t have to do anything in the way of getting those mountains set proper, or there’d be a hole there yet.“
„Why don’t you go East?“ asked Bob.
„I did once. Didn’t like it.“
„What’s the matter?“
„Well, I’ll tell you. Back East when you don’t do nothing, you feel kind of guilty. Out here when you don’t do nothing, _you don’t give a damn!_“
Nevertheless, Bob was very sorry when he had to leave this quiet and beautiful little town, with its happy, careless, cheap air max 90 charming people.
Thence he went directly to a town built in a half-circle of the mountains. The sunshine here was warm and grateful, but when its rays were withdrawn a stinging chill crept down from the snow. No sitting out on the verandah after dinner, but often a most grateful fire in the Club’s fireplace. The mornings were crisp and enlivening. And again by the middle of the day the soft California warmth laid nike air max 95 the land under its spell.
This was a place of orange-growers, young fellows from the East. Its University Club was large and prosperous. Its streets were wide. Flowers lined the curbs. There were few fences. The houses were in good taste. Even the telephone poles were painted green so as to be unobtrusive. Bob thought it one of the most attractive places he had ever seen, as indeed it should be, for it was built practically to order by people of intelligence.
Thence he drove through miles and miles of orange groves, so large that the numerous workmen go about their work on bicycles. Even here in the country, the roadsides were planted with palms and other ornamental trees, and gay with flowers. Abruptly he came upon a squalid village of the old regime, with ugly frame houses, littered streets, sagging sidewalks foul with cheap nike air max puddles, old tin cans, rubbish; populous with children and women in back-yard dressing sacks–a distressing reminder of the worst from the older-established countries. And again, at the end of the week, he most unexpectedly found himself seated on a country-club verandah, having a very good time, indeed, with some charming specimens of the idle rich. He talked polo, golf, tennis and horses; he dined at several most elaborate „cottages“; he rode forth on glossy, bang-tailed horses, perfectly appointed; he drove in marvellously conceived traps in company with most engaging damsels. When, finally, he reached Los Angeles again he carried with him, as standing for California, not even the heterogeneous but fairly coherent idea one usually gains of a single commonwealth, but an impression of many climes and many peoples.
„Yes,“ cheap nike air max said Baker, „and if you’d gone North to where I live, you’d have struck a different layout entirely.“
Part 2 Chapter 5
There remained in Bob’s initial Southern California experience one more episode that brought him an acquaintance, apparently casual, but which later was to influence him.
Of an afternoon he walked up Main Street idly and alone. The exhibit of a real estate office attracted him. Over the door, in place of a sign, hung a huge stretched canvas depicting not too rudely a wide country-side dotted with model farms of astounding prosperity. The window was filled with pumpkins, apples, oranges, sheaves of wheat, bottles full of soft fruits preserved in alcohol, and the like. As background was an oil painting in which the Lucky Lands occupied a spacious pervading foreground, while in clever perspectives the Coast R airmax 90 ange, the foothills, and the other cities of the San Fernando Valley supplied

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