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June 07, 2013


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And the local cops
Are mostly flops
And the public transit is a pain!

...Yeow! Aye-yip-aye-yo-ee-ay!
I'm only sayin'
you're lookin' weak, OaklaVEEya
OaklaVEEya--oy vey!

Oh, oak-LAY-vee-a - which is what it reads like if one doesn't look carefully - sounds like yet another oak tree disease. If they'd even gone with something like Oaklavida - Livin' la vida Oakland - it might have had the benefit of some familiarity with the song, at least.

Or, it might sound like a different variety of oak disease... oh, dear.

Makes me glad I don't live in Oakland...

...just Orange, where people long ago used up every possible cutesie phrase with that fruit. Certainly, no one here would have the slightest clue what "Orangevía" might mean.

To paraphrase Gertrude Stein: "There, there!"

The evolution of names for this type of event is fascinating--San Diego's is called CicloSDias. A lot to unpack there. :-)


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