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You Know You're from Concord, CA if.... - RAPP81's LiveJournal... Despite the name, there's no rap here!
Time for some of Rex's eloquent rhetoric
You Know You're from Concord, CA if....
Thanks, Cynthia for posting this.  This is soo true and got a good laugh this morning.  I added one on the bottom, mainly because I spent a good amount of my childhood in that exact area.

You Know You're from Concord, CA if....

  • You remember when the “Staples” at Treat & Clayton was “Lucky”

  • You remember when “Longs Drugs” on Treat was “PayLess”

  • You remember when “TJ Maxx” on Clayton was “Alpha Beta” and next door was “Thrifty’s” (with the cylinder scoop ice cream, mmm)

  • You remember when the Dome Theatre was “Century Theatres” and used to show big budget films (Jurassic Park was awesome in that theatre)

  • You know that “Taco Acapulco” (next door to McD’s on Clayton) used to be “Taco Bell”

  • You remember when “Nation’s” on Clayton was a “Mel’s”

  • You know that the gas station across the street from Burger King has a pump that gives you more gas than you’re really paying for.

  • You’ve looked at those two water tanks above Turtle Creek, but have no idea how to get there.

  • You’ve used the euphamism “White Trash Burger” or “Tweek Burger” when suggesting a trip to “1/4 lb. Big Burger”

  • You’ve met and befriended Leslie or Tony at “Diablo Foods”

  • “Diablo” is pronounced ‘Die-a-blow’

  • You remember that the gas station and Starbucks used to be empty lots, and a good place to do burnouts.

  • You’ve made a late night purchase at the “Drive Thru Liquor”

  • You’ve purchased Concord High sports gear at “Sports 4 All”

  • You lived near De La Salle, but didn’t know one person who actually went there.

  • You had nightmares about the Naval Weapon Station being bombed.

  • You’ve been excited upon seeing snow at the top of Mt. Diablo.

  • You swore that Pittsburg and the Monument area were the worst ghettos you’ve ever seen.

  • “Roller World” was the place to be on a Friday night

  • Monte Gardens was nicknamed “Muddy Gutters”, and you always spelled Wren Avenue wrong.

  • Only the Latinos knew what “El Dorado” meant.

  • Ygnacio is pronounced “Ig-nay-she-oh” in Ygnacio Valley Road.

  • Walnut Creek is full of yuppies and Clayton is full of hicks

  • You remember the ice skating rink and movie theatre at the Sun Valley Mall

  • You remember when Sun Valley Mall used to have more class.

  • You’ve bought a burger at Nation’s, then gone to Jack in the Box for curly fries, then made a U-turn to 7-Eleven for a Super Big Gulp

  • You’ve made a special trip to Clayton because that’s where the closest Carl’s Jr. is.

  • You’ve had your hair cut by the old guys at “Hairs The Place” or “Holbrook Haircuts”

  • You’ve seen that old bearded guy riding down Clayton Rd. in his “trike” motorcycle with all the flags on it.

  • You’ve experienced the joy that is “Barney’s Hickory Pit”

  • The people living on the hills above Cowell Rd. were considered “Rich Folk”

  • You remember the “Capri Theatre” (or “Crapi”) before it was a church.

  • “Park ‘N Shop” was of no use to you until “Fry’s Electronics” moved into the place where “Levitz” used to be.

  • Cheese Zombies were possibly the greatest things you’d ever tasted.

  • You were confounded by “The Spirit Poles”

  • “Memory Lane” was the best place to buy baseball cards and old records.

  • “Kasper’s” had some pretty good hot dogs, but the “Hot Dog Palace” was where it’s at.

  • You’ve made it from Kirker Pass all the way to Galindo driving on Concord Blvd, without hitting a red light.

  • You still wonder if there’s anything in that water tower at the corner of Concord Blvd & Denkinger.

  • The yearly carnival held in the Concord High parking lot is the best place in town to get shot.

  • “Skipolini’s Pizza” is the only valid reason to ever venture into downtown Clayton.

  • You’ve gone to Buchanan Airfield at night and yelled at the top of your lungs.

  • You’ve taken I-680 to go from Willow Pass Rd. to Monument Blvd.

  • You’ve gone on a bike ride along the Contra Costa Canal

  • You have no idea what “Contra Costa” means (and even if you do, you’re saying it wrong like this “Cahntra Cahsta”)

  • You knew all about the Elks Lodge, but had never set foot inside.

  • You thought “Peppermill” was a classy joint.

  • During your driving test you had to take that one really tight corner at 15 mph, then you vowed never to take it that slow ever again.

  • J.J. North’s was the funnest place to go out to lunch with a huge group friends.

  • You went to DVC right after high school and were instantly disgusted upon seeing all the same people.

  • Your town’s former mayor looked like a burned out Tammy Faye Baker. This is the former mayor:

  • “Pixie Playland” was your favorite place as a little kid.

  • J.O.B.L. was way better than that handicapped Concord Little League

  • You know that all the old people play Bingo on Friday at the Elk's lodge.

  • You played or cheered for Concord Cobras Youth Football and all your coaches were Raiders fans.

  • “Matt’s Game Exchange” used to be cool.

  • -Walnut Creek is your night life the minute you turn 21.

  • You had to drive to a junior college to watch your highschool football games

  • You know to never park your car over night on Detroit Ave.

  • You’ve seen Colfax St. go from a 2-way to a 1-way then back to a 2-way street.

  • You know that Sign Language is a "foreign language"

  • Again…What was with those “Spirit Poles”?

  • “Water World USA” is the only way to remind people where your town is.

  • You have a sneaking suspision that the "Feild of Dreams" project will ever happen.

  • “WCC: West Cape Cod” made you laugh until you cried, they were a local gang.

  • You’ve been to Clayton Valley Bowl…nuff said.

  • You remember that dive “Bourbon Street” used to be called “Lindee’s”

  • You don’t understand how the “T.R. Grill” stays in business.

  • You remember the original “The Old Hangout”, then the new “The Old Hangout” then new NEW “The Old Hangout”

  • You’ve seen the “Eyeball” on Marsh Creek Road

  • You’ve heard rumors about “legal drag races” goin’ on every weekend somewhere down Marsh Creek Road.

  • You’ve driven through downtown Martinez and said “This is really nice”

  • You’ve been to the Saturday Flea Market at “Solano Drive-In”

  • You’ve never actually gone to see a movie at the “Solano Drive-In”

  • You thought you were gonna score at Cowell Pool

  • You never knew about the ammunition explosion that took place at Port Chicago in 1944 and killed 300 people.

  • As a kid, at night you saw the lights of the oil refineries and chemical plants and imagined you were living on another planet.

  • You’ve witnessed that drawl the older Concord natives speak with.

  • You know that "Prom" is for Juniors and "Ball" was for Seniors (and you will get yelled at by the Leadership kids if you confuse the two)

  • You’ve been to or have laughed at “The Singing Flag” for 4th of July

  • -You ever bought liquor from Rose Liquors as a minor.

  • You remember when Pleasant Hill’s fireworks were impressive.

  • Taking either Clayton Rd. or Concord Blvd when heading downtown was always a flip of the coin decision.

  • You remember when the BART train’s last stop was the Concord stop.

  • -You remember when Farringtons only used to have bikers, not people too lazy or broke to go to Walnut Creek.

  • “Memorial Hill” was a good place for a picnic, and a sunset.

  • You swear you’ll never move back

  • You used the smokestack as a major landmark to identify The Crossings or being next to it (Limeridge, Turtle Creek)

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From: uasevenfourfour Date: February 14th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh. my. gosh. My youth, revisited. 99% of it. hilarious and sad at the same time. :)

Which mayor was the Tammy Faye one?

...and it was Concord American Little League, dangit!

(hmm, no mention of the plane crash at the Sun Valley Mall, but yes, I remember when it DID have more class. Reminds me of freaking Valco)
rapp81 From: rapp81 Date: February 14th, 2006 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I vaguely remember some reference back in the day about the Concord Mayor somewhat resembling Tammy Fae, but I was a youngin' back then.

I do have to say that Vallco is way worse than Sunvalley. Hey, they're classing it up over at Sunvalley, soon to have an H&M. heh
From: uasevenfourfour Date: February 15th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
huh. they both have Todai's....


Another Concord factoid: Steve Weir, former Mayor, Concord City Councilman, and current county registrar is gay. He spoke at our elementary school (before he came out) back in the day.
rapp81 From: rapp81 Date: February 15th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Todai = Evil Pleasure... lol

I never knew Stephen Weir is gay. I've seen him intervewed on the news before and I've always wondered.
all_hail_duke From: all_hail_duke Date: February 14th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
i haven't been to sun valley since the 80s. my ex's parents lived close to skipolini's. my aunt and uncle lived under (like, less than a block away) the smokestack.

now i live in minnesota. weird.
rapp81 From: rapp81 Date: February 14th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh... here's a random ass tid-bit about what Concord and Minnesota have in common:

Concord, along with WC, have a cable operator duoploy, the only municipalities in the Bay Area having such a thing (Comcast and Astound). Astound is a Minnesota based cable operator which only has service in two markets: Concord & WC, CA and St. Cloud, MN. But I guess recently the partent company of Astound sold their CA assets to a WA company, so the Concord/MN ties are soon to be severed. lol
crhale From: crhale Date: February 16th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh Rex. that was completely useless knowledge that even people with jobs in the appropriate fields are unaware of.

here's one:

X. You were offended when Wild 107.7's morning jock "Man Cow" would constantly refer to Concord as nothing but a bunch fo hillbillies.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 23rd, 2006 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Concord Facts

I'd love to know the author of this. I graduated from CVHS in 1981 and this list brings back way too many memories.

--Tom Payne (tompayne@astound.net)
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