You Can Go Home Again…

… but it’ll be different and you won’t be sure if you like it.

Hi, I’m Tom Bridge, I usually write over at Metroblogging DC, but I grew up right here in the Central Valley, and I’m home for the long holiday week. We stepped off the plane into the terminal at SMF, and made our way down to the baggage claim and the giant piles of luggage sculpture called “Samson.”

Catching I-5 toward Woodland and Davis, I was surprised to see how far these once-small farm towns have spread their borders ever closer. Sure, there are empty fields between these bedroom communities, but those are growing ever smaller. Driving through town today, pondering some lunch, we stopped in at Woodstock’s Pizza. Now, back east, we’re mostly stuck with the major chains, but even our local shops can’t keep up with the classics around here like Steve’s Pizza or Woodstock’s. It’s one of things that draws me back here to the Sacramento area, right up there with In-n-Out Burger, The Governator, Winter in California, and more.

But it’s not always that easy. Riding in on Southwest, I ran into a classmate from high school. It reminded me just how far I am from my native state, from my California heritage. From the local politics that govern the town I grew up in. It’s funny how something that mattered once is fading from my list of important things. Sure, the pizza’s as good as you remember, and the smell of fall on the Delta will remain one of the sweetest you’ll know, but things will change when you’re not looking each day.

2 Comments so far

  1. Ursula (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 4:38 pm

    Hey Tom, Welcome home!

    If you get out to In-and-Out Burger, send me a burger vibe…love that Animal burger.

    Don’t forget the saying…”You can never step in the same river twice…” It is certainly true about Sacramento in the last 5 years. Ch-ch-changes. Some good, some bad. But it’s still a small town struggling to live up to its new big town image.

  2. cd (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    Welcome Tom! Glad we were able to give you a closer hometown metblog than SF :) Have a great Thanksgiving!

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