Originally Posted by Manton
It was great to meet J and Slim. They found nothing good in Santa Cruz's three thrift stores, alas. Sorry about that. They seemed more at home in my home town than I ever did, which I suppose is not surprising.
What a difference a generation makes!
Santa Cruz's counter culture was always seething just below the surface in my experience. Maybe it was not until after your departure that the not so hidden became the primary visual.
I left my birth town of Santa Cruz in the late 1960s. Each subsequent return was more and more disquieting for me. Perhaps my dynamic nature simply wished for some static anchorage? Sadly and certainly, it was not to be found in Santa Cruz.
With the boiling-over of the aforementioned counter culture now pretty much complete, it is no wonder that that the Two Gentlemen from Seattle
were so at home. Today's Santa Cruz and Seattle share many similarities. My fond memories of Santa Cruz are just that: fond memories. Heraclitus was correct; "You cannot step into the same river twice."