Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Day After Christmas: Watching "Sons of Anarchy" Episodes on TV; Memories of Stockton

My youngest son and his girlfriend and puppy are here for the holidays. With rain pouring outside, we have been watching multiple episodes of "Sons of Anarchy." It's about a motorcycle gang in San Joaquin County, near Stockton, California, where I lived as a child, from 4th through 7th grade, before moving to San Jose.

Stockton was a great town back then, in the mid 1950's. It was a quiet, rural area, where we felt safe taking the bus downtown to see a movie, though we were not yet in our teens. Not so today, as Stockton is now a high crime area. My niece was robbed at gunpoint there some months ago, on the street.

Why is this true? I don't really know, but suspect our changing racial demographics have a lot to do with it -- fewer white people is not a good thing and it's time we admitted this non-PC fact of life. There were no drug-dealing gangs in Stockton when I was a kid -- or if there were, they kept out of sight.

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