Tuesday, January 10, 2006

My hometown

A recent post by Tshsmom called "SME's friends" brought something back to me about my hometown.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in a little refinery town called Martinez. This town is right on the Carquinez Strait and is known for being the birthplace of the martini, John Muir (the father of the American environmental preservation movement and a huge influence on the life of Teddy Roosevelt), and Joe DiMaggio.

Recently I took a job in the San Francisco area and I'm renting a room during the week not too far from Martinez. My buddy I'm renting from is also from Martinez as are some other friends I went to high school with.

This Sunday, I went out to eat with him and one of my best friends from high school who now lives close enough to the refineries that their last accident last year got crap on his car. We went to an authentic Mexican restaurant which had wonderful food served by a gorgeous Mexican waitress. I forgot what the food was called, but it was a breakfast soup that started with "ch." It was hot and cleared my sinuses for the next twenty-four hours. Very nice.

Before we entered the restaurant, we got to see two tweekers standing outside doing nothing. When we left, they had gone and we joked about tweekers being like cockroaches, you turn on the lights and they scatter.

The other day I had to pick up some supplies for my Giada marinara sauce and since there was only one cashier, we had to wait for some stupid tweekers to pay with a bad check for ten minutes. The manager should have just kicked them out of the store, but he was probably scared of tweekers because they're unpredictable and sometimes dangerous.

My real estate agent the other day made an offer on a fixer-upper in that town. He drove by it and there was a tweeker doing nothing standing outside the house. I asked him if the house came with the tweeker. He said he hoped not. Someone offered higher and won the house, which is too bad because he would have given me some construction work on the side to help him fix it up.

In Chico, a friend from high school and I got together and watched the Packers game with my wife at my favorite sports club. We talked about old high school acquintances and one of our mutual acquintances became a cop and got shot and killed by some stupid drug addict. He left behind a pregnant wife.

This town has become tweeker central. It sucks, because I hate tweekers. Of all the drug addicts, meth addicts are the worst. They're at best extremely annoying and at worst dangerous. When a meth lab moves, it costs a million in yours and my taxpayer money to clean up the environmental hazard.

For me, it's sad because this was my hometown. I used to miss it and now I'm glad I left.

Yeah, I know this had little to do with Tshsmom's article about her daughter's high school friends, but thinking of high school friends reminded me of my hometown. Well, I'll just be sure to visit Martinez less so the tweekers don't overwrite my fond memories of the town. It's sad though. I'd much rather prefer my memories of my hometown to be fond.


Blogger bsoholic said...

There are tons of meth labs in the surrounding Nashville area's. At first you'd think "yeah right, rural tennessee"? Then it makes sense though - somewere back woods that doesn't get a lot of attention. Perfect place for them to do what they do without worry. The law is cracking down quite a bit now that the problem has been noticed. It's a sad part of many places now days though.

1/10/2006 8:10 AM  
Blogger lime said...

that is sad. it's always disappointing to see your hometown change in a negative way.

1/10/2006 8:37 AM  
Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

Wait a min... "this Sunday..." Huh? I thought you were home with the wife and kiddo on the weekends?

1/10/2006 10:10 AM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

My boss and I are starting to suspect that our new morning dishwasher is on meth. What a WASTE!!

1/10/2006 12:58 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Tweekers,... I've known many.
I knew one dude who died from it. He had a heart attack maybe 5 years ago.

It is an unfortunate condition to be in. People literally waste away to nothing. The drug destroys the good in people, and what's left is desperate and negative.

Tweekers are the closest thing to real-life zombies.

1/10/2006 2:23 PM  
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1/10/2006 2:49 PM  
Blogger Miranda said...

Aww, Slayer. I didn't know you were from Martinez! I'd have looked out the window more!

Now I'll have to :)

I sort of know how you feel, though! I was born in Jackson, near Sacramento. Now I live about an hour away from it. Now, it's
bigger and its a Casino town.

It wasn't anything beautiful when I lived there, but now it's even more depressing.

1/10/2006 2:51 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

I drove through Martinez quite a bit when I was working in Walnut Creek commuting from Fairfield. Martinez is a place to go around the traffic, as you know. The town is depressing because of the derelicts that wander it's streets, and more sad because it could be so nice.

1/10/2006 5:48 PM  
Blogger neal said...

I was born down that way also, in Sharps Park. We moved to San Jose and I lived in gang banger central until the 5th grade. They totally demolished the whole neighborhood to put in an overpass for one of the freeways through there. I am sure it would have ended up to be tweeker infested also.

When we moved into the house we lived in there was a meth lab in the house behind us. No one was aware of it other than the people in that house. I guess the cops found out and were on there way with warrants to arrest the guy. He had a police scanner and got a heads up and set the friggin house on fire to destroy the evidence. There was a huge butane/propane tank in one of the back bedrooms and if it had gone off it probably would have taken out the back side of my house too. They got the house put out in time but it was scary to say the least.

I think meth is something that if someone is caught manufacturing it they should be given a lethal dose of it on the spot instead of wasting time in our court system. They want to sell that poison let them die by the crap they sell....

1/10/2006 6:17 PM  
Blogger marcy_peanut said...

Hi Zombie Slaya--just wanted to let you know that I will be offline for a little while...but I DO have a new post on my blog.

See you soon!!


1/10/2006 6:37 PM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

My home town and the one I'm currently living in--in fact, I've never left, has a horrible meth situation.
We had a guy all jacked up on meth, steal a truck and plow into a UPS truck--killing the driver, a young man with a family.
It's not the first tragedy we've seen invloving meth. I thinks it's every where though.

1/10/2006 7:25 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Bsoholic - They need to go back to moonshinin'. Too bad they're doing meth there.

Lime - Yeah, it is. It actually does hurt.

Saurkraut - Well, I had personal stuff to take care of here. Had to sell my Saturn and work on the biodiesel to get it running. The latter is now my commuter vehicle.

Tshsmom - Geez. If he smells like chemicals, he's on meth. I could tell by the smell when they're tweekers. Yuck.

Joe - Tweekers are the closest thing to real-life zombies.

You can say that again. Yeah, tweekers don't live very long.

Miranda - You a Kings fan? I don't really follow basketball, but when I do, I root for them. I became a Kings fan more because I hate the Lakers.

Scott - That's the thing. It really is a beautiful city and it's sad it's such a waste. Walnut Creek is really nice. I'd like to buy a house there.

Neal - I really wish they'd put harsher sentences on meth dealers. Really single them out. The reason is because the cost of society. It destroys so many people's lives as well as doing a lot of environmental damage. Plus, as you said, they almost blew up half your house. Those people have no consideration for anyone else.

Marcy - heading there tonight...

1/10/2006 7:31 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Sadie - That's really sad he killed innocent people and didn't die himself. I really wish it would be the other way around.

Meth freaks drive me nuts.

Yeah, it's everywhere, but more places than others. In this area I'm in, my hometown is one of the worst areas locally. It's sad, because I could live there again. It really is a pretty town.

1/10/2006 7:33 PM  
Blogger Bridget Jones said...

it's pretty rare when you can go back for a visit and be happy after, I've found....Bridg

1/10/2006 7:43 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Bridget - Well, I'd like to believe some hometowns out there get better.

1/10/2006 8:26 PM  
Blogger Miranda said...

I don't really like professional sports much at all, except for Champ Car, because my fiancee brought me along to the San Jose Grand Prix and seeing how fast those cars zip by and hearing how electricy they sound is shockingly cool!

1/10/2006 10:43 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Miranda - Got to see alcohol cars in Chico. if you sit in the front seats, your eyes burn. It was great.

1/10/2006 10:57 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I can say my home town doesn't have any problems like that, but Ernest Hemmingway did call it the "land of broad lawns and narrow minds". Oak Park has come a long way since then since it's a pretty liberal place now. I have to admit I left most of my high school friends behind. I moved on, they stayed there, telling the same old stories and doing the same old things... been there, done it. No thanks.

1/11/2006 5:21 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

sadder still is that he got off from receiving the full extent of the law because he was judged " insane" or something bogus like that.

1/11/2006 8:01 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Laura - Oak Park is your hometown? I used to live there! :)
I think you did mention that before though.

Sadie - That's sick. So he kills innocent people and he doesn't get the full extent for being insane? They should lock up those guys and throw away the key.

1/11/2006 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Michele said...

Isn't the feeling you get when you visit your hometown intense?
Memories, nostalgia, sadness, excitement, youth, all at once?
I was raised, (till 12) in the Pinole/San Pablo area. We lived in Tara Hills. Across from it is that flat-roofed housing tract called "Montalvin Manor" from the 50s. It now looks like something that should just be bombed.
Yes, Meth steals your soul. Even our quaint little town has quite a problem. We also have a ton of people in recovery in our church, and few of them make it out.

1/11/2006 11:07 AM  
Blogger Vest said...

I have been back to my roots umpteen times, nothing stays the same in this ever changing world (except Archaic laws).
I am amused when I hear Pakistani and Indian migrants in london, speaking in a broad Cockney accent, unlike their normal lovable musical voice.

Commiserations ZOM, It is so sad to hear about the decline of your beloved Home Town, I travel back daily in mind, to recall the wonderful experience's of my beautiful childhood home.

1/11/2006 4:35 PM  
Blogger Miladysa said...

I have never heard of tweekers before. Are you refering to meths as in methylated spirit? Do they make it rather than buy it?

1/11/2006 5:00 PM  
Blogger The Zombie Lama said...

Meth is the worst. What's really bad is now they can "cook" the crap while they're mobile.

1/11/2006 7:12 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Michele - Yeah, I know Pinole/San Pablo. I heard that area is very ghetto now.

Meth does steal one's soul. Have to wish the folks in your church with the addiction the best of luck, but unfortunately, I won't keep my hopes up.

Vest - That's why I don't want to travel back in body. I'd much rather remember it as it was.

Miladysa - It's an addiction to methampthetimine, the same type of drug that Adolf Hitler was addicted to. A very bad drug. I hope your country doesn't have the problem with it that ours does.

ZL - Agreed it's the worst. I'd take any addict over a meth addict.

1/11/2006 8:01 PM  
Blogger SME said...

Labs are proliferating everywhere, including my hometown. I wouldn't be shocked if relatives of those friends of mine, mentioned by my mom, have switched from booze to meth. It's frightening, but totally predictable.

1/11/2006 11:09 PM  
Blogger Vest said...

miladysa, for tweekers in the U/k read.
Spivs, Teds, Bovver Boys, Skinheads Spikers, Thats it for now, before I wind up into more strife, Cherio nice pommie lady..
Why not, here goes xxxxx - take that, mmm mmm.

1/12/2006 1:39 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

SME - I hope not. That was a really sad story, but did have a few good endings. You have a good heart for at least trying to reach out to those people.

Vest - So they do exist in England. :(
My condolenses. Here in the States, they're a huge pain in the rear. They've quickly become our #1 drug problem.

1/12/2006 4:25 AM  

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