October 02, 2003

We Are the Uttermost West

Stephen Cohen: "Everybody knows that you can't go west from California. There is no place wester. If we go from California to New York, we go Back East. If we go from California to Tokyo, we go to the Far East. We cannot go west. There is no way to do it."

Posted by DeLong at October 2, 2003 08:55 PM | TrackBack

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Three to two odds. 1000 quatloos says Davis stays.

Posted by: Robert Tennyson on October 2, 2003 09:13 PM

If you go west and a little south you come to Sydney.

Posted by: Alan Grieve on October 2, 2003 10:12 PM

In the West (UT, NV, CO, ID, NM, WY, AZ, MT), we call California "west of the West". Just like you can travel wast to New York or Tokyo and find yourself in the East again.

California isn't a part of the West geographically or culturally. The coast is its own province and California lost its one little piece of our true West when Los Angeles bought up the water and sent the Owens Valley back to wilderness.

You can have your fantasies, but Califronia is just another silly coastal place that can't govern itself. Like Florida. But unlike the rugged West of big skies, hard men, and determined women. Out here we don't need a silly actor to clean up our governments.

Posted by: Brian on October 2, 2003 10:12 PM

Actually, Alska is farther west, farther north, and farther east. Perhaps the Sperminator can take a three year trip to the Pribiloffs and do some groping there?

Posted by: MacMan on October 2, 2003 10:13 PM

Actually, Alska is farther west, farther north, and farther east. Perhaps the Sperminator can take a three year trip to the Pribiloffs and do some groping there?

Posted by: MacMan on October 2, 2003 10:13 PM

Wrong.

What happens when you go from south Florida to north Florida? You go from North to South.

What happens when you go from the Bay Area to oh, say Fresno? You go from the Left Coast to an inchoate amalgamated zone, more West than Left, but still indelibly California. Proceed further east... cross the Mojave desert, then push east up into the steadily rising in elevation lands of the High Country. That is the West. For a thousand miles, north and south and east. But not almost all of California. No way. California is West dissolving into East, and in a big way.

And not Texas either. No, Texas is not West. Texas is Southern. Home of Southern Living Magazine.

Posted by: Russell L. Carter on October 2, 2003 10:25 PM

Well, where are the Valar? Hidin' out on high Taniquetil for the nonce? Come on back chums, we need you.

Posted by: Dick Durata on October 2, 2003 10:48 PM

Completely untrue. Next time you're down in Los Angeles, grab a bike and head down the bike bath on the beach, 19 miles of concrete lane from Santa Monica to Torrance.

Near Hermosa Beach (IIRC), quite plainly, is a simple town marker, pointing west, out to sea, marked clearly,

Salsipuedes 46

Posted by: Jerry on October 2, 2003 10:49 PM

Hawaii fits better as the uttermost west. Perhaps we can find Manwe there.

Posted by: CalDem on October 2, 2003 10:55 PM

California stays up late, and puts the earth's day to bed.

Posted by: andrew on October 3, 2003 12:43 AM

About a billion folks in Asia would beg to differ with Mr. Cohen. China's classic novel "Journey to the West" is *not* in fact a description of a trip to California.

Posted by: Jeffrey Kramer on October 3, 2003 04:48 AM
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