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September 6, 2008
Morning in the suburbs, before the heat arrives
It's morning in Elk Grove before the heat arrives and drives everyone indoors. I have been out for a walk in the neighborhood and a couple miles farther out on the Schwinn.
 The sights out there: a familiar pair of  blue herons fishing in the stream shortly after sunrise, a trail walker who agrees that now at 7:30 a.m. will be the best part of today...A neighbor's boy in a red and white little league baseball uniform getting into the car with his mom, new signs pointing drivers to the Saturday yard sales...The suburban scenes and the ample landscaping look nice in the morning light.

 I walk the empty base paths on the kids' baseball field at Alexander Willard Park. All is quiet there at third base, a lone walker on the sidewalks and a magnificent huge Valley Oak towering above the playground.. Beyond right center field is a yard sale. Clothes on the driveway, cars coming and going. It notice what I've noticed a thousand times in this part of the region: all the houses are the same tint of beige.

  Riding back home, one guy, then another is mowing his lawn before it warms up. I smell that sweet aroma of new-mowed lawn. Three boys come out of a house with skateboards and head off....I look at the for-sale signs on houses. One is bank-owned. In a cul de sac, a beautiful, meticulously-groomed two-story house stands next to an empty of the same vintage, a yard full of weeds telling its story of abandonment.

 At Jungkeit Park, 20 young guys or so are playing soccer. A guy walks his dog "Pepper" on the trail. In the stream, four ducks swim east.  It's morning 17 miles south of downtown Sacramento. All seems well. I marvel to myself about the way California grows and grows: Seven years ago none of this existed.

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