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The Fabulous Adventures of Astera: Writer/Actress for Hire

Meet Astera (aka: me), a star in her own mind. Our plucky little heroine has embarked on not one but two difficult, low-paying career paths: writing and acting. Witness the menial jobs! The unreasonable demands! The quirky friends and family! And the glimmer of success just ahead! Through it all, Astera maintains her core beliefs: 1) She is destined to be fabulous 2) Everything is more fun with a cocktail.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Wishful Thinking

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to pass through the fabulous towns of Fontana and Rialto while headed east on the 10 on my way to a bachelorette party in Lake Arrowhead. For those of you who do not know, Fontana is in Southern California, about 90 miles (and that's just a guess, because I'm too lazy to look it up right now) inland.

Fontana and Rialto are places that are stil considered somewhat "affordable," at least by California standards. They used to be run-down little towns near the foothills, but now, cookie-cutter developments have sprung up in every direction. The oddest thing about this is the completely unrealistic names of the streets in the developments. I mean, Del Mar Avenue? Please. These people have to battle an hour and a half of traffic each way, at least, to get anywhere near the "mar." Vista del Lago? Only if they want to take the hairpin turns up the mountain about 30 miles.

But to be fair, it's not just new, cookie-cutter, soul-sucking, zero-lot-line developments that have unrealistic street names. Right here in my own town, we have Shady Lane, with not a leafy tree to be found, and Estates Avenue, with lots approximately the size of postage stamps, not rolling verdant acreage.

I'm sure you've got some misnamed streets in your city/town. Share, won't you?

1 Comments:

  • At 7:12 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    In the central New Jersey nowhere town where I grew up, there is a laughably short side street with the unlikely name of Sunset Boulevard. The whole idea of it being a "boulevard" of any kind was ridiculous -- it was just as narrow as all the other little suburban lanes, and there weren't any stores or anything on it. And I really doubt that the house numbers went as high as 77.

     

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