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Old Days: Sunny Hills
Bordered by Valencia Mesa on the south, Gilbert on the west, irregular on the north, and irregular on the east.

 

Dad bought the biggest house the kids had ever seen .. Mom was the one who decided on it .. Our last house could fit in the kitchen .. In Downey .. Dad has cool business suits and beautiful white shirts with cuff links .. From where we are on the hill, we can see about one hundred houses .. a vista .. We remember when Hermosa Drive was a dirt road .. Whenever we went to the county fair and got those little chameleons or a turtle, we eventually let them go in the lake .. Mom says someone’s going to get killed if people keep driving so fast around the curves and the corners .. my best friend’s house has three dens .. Sunny Hills has a great smell: certain trees, fresh new paint, a whiff of the stables,  the scent of new cars .. the engineers are the only ones who argue with the doctors .. you can tell when the men will start talking louder and tell World War Two stories .. on their fourth Old Fashioned, sometimes the fifth .. sometimes the least handsome husbands have the prettiest wives .. six women in our neighborhood were Miss Something once — including Miss Idaho Potato in 1941 .. Not all the men in families that have places at the beach can really surf .. When Mom brings groceries home from Model Market, it’s like she has enough to feed the Third Army Division .. Dad is on call almost every night and it makes Mom nervous even though she was a nurse .. This year it’s Cadillac De Villes .. Last year it was Chrysler Imperials .. Dentists prefer Thunderbirds ..  What is it that makes Mormon girls so pretty? We like the homes where the roof is close enough to the pool so we can jump off when our parents aren’t looking .. Mom hardly ever goes south of Malvern any more .. My brother has a girlfriend who lives down near Orangethorpe and she’s very sweet .. Dad just found out a guy he knew in the navy at Mare Island lives down by the Market Basket  .. My buddies and I earned $5 an hour parking cars when the builder next door threw a big party, and I didn’t grind the gears on a  single car ..When the inventor’s wife worse a bikini bathing suit to the swim party, I felt like I would melt like a wax candle .. He gave me a dirty look and I think he saw me .. Dad said the guy who drives the Maserati is probably a Communist .. When Dad saw the electric bill, he hit the ceiling .. my little brother got grounded for buying vodka at a liquor store on Beach Boulevard .. I wish we still made skateboards and rode them down Terraza .. Those were the good old days ..  My sister’s best friend is moving to Newport Beach: Lido Isle .. The lady my mom plays bridge with is seeing a psychiatrist and everybody is talking about her .. I think I saw Troy Donahue riding a motorcycle up Laguna Road last night .. He could have been on his way to see Eleanor Tunnehill who is wild! .. My counselor said Stanford might accept me but my parents will flip out if I don’t go to SC .. Dad’s brother from Tulsa brings his family out every summer and they’re so nice .. I take my cousins Laurlene and Betty to the beach at 15th Street and they’re white as ghosts! .. if my little brother has band practice in the garage again tonight, I’m going to brain him! .. I bought my school clothes at Mooney Andrews and spent $350 .. Mom heard there was a Peeping Tom over on Jose Way who watched a woman lying by  her pool .. Mom’s best friend from Dubuque, Iowa just moved into a house on Valencia Mesa .. A family of Israeli people moved in across the street and they’re very nice. Dad said the husband went to Harvard Law School .. Nobody knows yet but a lady who used to ride in the rodeo is pregnant again with her ninth baby and she’s forty-three years old .. Mom got mad when Dad criticized her .. My sister got her first job at the TG&Y .. A bunch of us went to the driving range on Harbor by Imperial and goofed off in until they kicked us out! .. The gorgeous girl with red hair is going to college at Sweetbriar next year — where is that? .. For their 30th wedding anniversary, the Sheltons are going to spend two weeks at the Royal Hawaiian, and they bought a complete wardrobe of matching green and gold Hawaiian clothes from Waltah Clarks for every member of the family, all seven kids. Mom said they look hysterical .. It rained so hard over the weekend that they had to close The Barn .. Somebody said the kidney specialist was in Del Rae with Barbara Luna the actress .. I don’t believe it .. Next year I’ll be Page Two editor of the Accolade .. Somebody totaled their Riviera on Rideout last night but we were at the Ash Grove .. You know that new sweater I bought at Back Street? Got ketchup on it tonight at Hillside! I could just die! .. Soon as my best friend and I graduate, we’re going to Europe and hitchhike down to Marrakech .. Mom and Dad will think I’m at Berkeley .. You know, Dr. Knox has the most beautiful hands I ever saw. Hes very gentle, too ..  Mom brought a ham from Jurgensen’s and it was just delicious .. That really cute guy from Nicolas told my girlfriend to put up or else .. She slapped his face! .. Next week we have a hay ride to Irvine Park .. I can’t wait!

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