February 05, 2005


Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Yolo, Colusa, Glenn, Tehama, Shasta, Siskiyou... the Delta from 680, the wet dark green ground beneath a pale winter glare, the sloughs reflecting steely silver, the yellow and red of the Union Pacific freight locomotives angling slowly away from us into the grey of the Delta the only real colour in a landscape of stark trees and scattered farmhouses, everything washed out in the dim mist. Road 27, Road 23, Road 14...

In what seems like the middle of nowhere in the twilight off Road 23 two people in white hazmat suits, boots, and masks are using high-power hoses attached to a large tanker truck to spray the road clear of ... something ... a few miles further on there's a tattered AgCat sitting alone in the middle of a bare field, a set of fresh truck tracks leading away from it.

Even Corning now has a Starbucks.


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