I live in a bubble and I know it.
As a matter of fact, I live in a bubble inside of a bubble, and I am grateful for that.
Let’s go one step further and say that I live inside a bubble, inside of a bubble that is inside of a much larger bubble, and that is just fine with me.
Northern California is a bubble on the edge of the Left Coast, a.k.a. California. Inside that bubble is one that is known far and wide as, The Bay Area (pronounced: The Bayarea). My particular bubble is Marin County, located on the North end of the Golden Gate Bridge.
We do things a little differently out here and, granted, that doesn’t always set well with the rest of the country, but it’s what we do. Once you have fled the East Coast, and eventually find that you have run out of continent, you have two choices: Set sail across the Pacific or settle down and enjoy the climate with your fellow travelers.
The video clip above is from the 1980 movie, Serial, based on the 1977 book, The Serial: A Year in the Life of Marin County. The author, Cyra McFadden, originally serialized chapters of her work in Marin’s local alternative newspaper, The Pacific Sun, in 1976.
Things are different here in Marin County. You take what you can and leave the rest, and this past Father’s Day weekend was no exception.
The Lioness and I went to a ballgame on Saturday. Our local team, The San Rafael Pacifics, were playing the Sonoma Stompers. Sonoma has a strong team, good hitters, and a solid pitching staff. We looked forward to a good game and it did not disappoint.
The Pacifics organization has a number of promotions throughout the season and this weekend series had a particular “Only in Marin” twist. A local law firm gave away free batting jerseys to the first 250 fans. Emblazoned across the the back was their name and the tagline, Best Team On Grass! Scot Candell & Associates specialize in Cannabis-related legal work for individuals and medical dispensaries in the state of California.
We missed Sunday’s game, however it offered a NorCal twist to the daily promotion. Fathers and sons were encouraged to play catch on the field 2 hours before the start of the ballgame. The first 100 fans received a specialty glass Budweiser mug and for those men who were uncertain about their status of fatherhood, free pregnancy tests were discretely handed out to adults over 21 upon request at the Guest Services desk.
Just to recap, what works here may not fly in the rest of the country. That doesn’t make it right or wrong, it’s just what we do. Talk among yourselves.
And now a word about the baseball game. It was the top of the 3rd inning, the bases were loaded. A 3-2 count on the batter. Damn if he didn’t hit a Grand Slam. The Pacifics trailed 4—0, then 5—0, and pulled within 2 in the bottom of the ninth inning.
We lost 5—3, and ended up with the final Marin-twist of the night—free tickets to another game. A local insurance company “insures” Pacifics’ games. Anyone who stays to the end of a game that ends with a Pacifics loss gets a free ticket to another home game.
That offer includes the fans of the loyal opposition.
We are all in this together.
In the photo below, Sonoma’s Daniel Baptista drives a frozen-rope line drive towards first base early in the game.