You still live in Pomona???

There is so very much to report this weekend, but amid it all, yesterday afternoon I wandered over to Funny Business, one of my usual Saturday places to hang out. Earlier that day I got a tour of the Mayfair Hotel (I’m still putting together my report), but it got us talking about Pomona history and people we knew who had chosen to stay or leave Pomona for whatever reason; both Joey and Carol said that they had a lot friends who had left, and when they had run into them in later years, their friends would often ask, “You still live in Pomona? Why are still in Pomona?,” gauging them with guilty inflection.

Carol talked about a different house they were looking to buy a while back and the realtor, who you’d think would hype a city/neighborhood to get a sale, asked them too, “Why would you want to live in Pomona?,” as if there was something wrong with them. We also talked about how a lot of the cities located around Pomona are really not comparatively very affordable places to live.

Even chatting with the Enchantress recently we like to talk with one another that — “Pomona is the new Pasadena,” it just doesn’t have quite so many rich folk — that our city is really coming up.

My dentist here in Pomona, who actually used to have hir dental office on the first floor of the Mayfair, has a saying about hir work — “Beverly Hills teeth at Pomona Prices!” I like to think about Pomona kind of like that too. One of the family who bought the Mayfair also talked of this, in that the apartments which they are turning the Mayfair Hotel into are going to very affordable and will include both water and electric in the price of the rent. Pomona is just a super awesome town to live in and it’s urbr affordable too. We might appear to be the bastard step child, but really, they don’t know what they’re missing.

Heaven is coming back to earth. Actually, it’s already here.

   And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
   And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
   And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. (Mark 4:18-20)

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