The (nonexistent) little people

There’s nothing like a good urban legend. A post here about a weird mist in Chino Hills¬†continues to draw a comment or two per month, with the total currently at 43!

So let me create another perennial blog post by noting the popular urban legend about a community of little people in one of the foothill communities in the San Gabriel Valley, or slightly east.

I’ve heard these stories and read them on the Internet over the years. Someone claims they were walking in the middle of nowhere and stumbled across a cluster of smaller-than-usual homes with small doors and windows. Or their friend’s cousin saw it, or they saw it themselves but could never find it again.

They’ve heard those stories at the Padua HIlls Theater in upper Claremont. When I toured the place a few weeks back, two people told me young people have parked in the lot to go in search of this mythical community, whose location varies depending on who’s telling the story.

Apparently there are rumored but nonexistent communities of little people all over the country. In SoCal, Long Beach, Downey and San Diego are frequently mentioned.

Anyone ever heard these stories locally or tried to investigate in person?

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Sights from the 2009 Fair

Faithful readers know the L.A. County Fair, which ends Sunday, is one of my favorite people places in the Inland Valley. Here are a few of the sillier things I saw this year.

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This stand’s extremely literal name could be the official theme of this year’s fair, where even bacon could be found “smothered in chocolate.”

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Heck, even otherwise-healthy vegetables weren’t safe. Do you think anyone put butter, mayo and salt on chocolate-covered corn?

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Used to be that SoCal had lots of buildings shaped like the product they sold. Nice to see that look return, below, with a coffee stand shaped like a giant coffee pot.

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Ah, the Ultimate Sushi Masker, just in time for Halloween. What would the Fair be without a misspelled sign or two? Whoever made this sign should have masked this error.

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Unlike the real Fox Theater in Pomona, the miniature version at the Garden Railroad developed an enormous (scale-wise) cobweb. I love the Garden Railroad, btw.

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Best of both worlds. Maybe the ice cream is served on a giant turkey leg.

Did you see anything this year that tickled your funnybone or otherwise delighted you?

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Restaurant of the Week: Joey’s BBQ, RC

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Pomona and RC locations closed

Joey’s BBQ, 9538 Foothill Blvd. (at Archibald), Rancho Cucamonga; also 1964 W. Foothill Blvd., Upland; 117 W. 2nd St., Pomona; and 3689 Riverside Drive, Chino.

In June Joey’s, the Chino-based chain dating to the late 1970s, opened its fourth location, in the former George’s Burgers building a bit west of Archibald on Foothill in Rancho Cucamonga. Unusually, Joey’s retained the drive-thru, making it one of the few non-burger drive-thrus in the valley — and the only one where you can get a $28.50 filet mignon.

Inside the restaurant recently at lunchtime, our server wore a headset so she could double on the drive-thru. Not much business there yet, under a dozen customers per day, she reported. I suppose one benefit of the drive-thru is that you could order ribs and feel like Fred Flintstone, except that your car probably won’t tip over.

Other than that feature, and the slightly more fast-food feel to the place, this Joey’s is pretty much like the others. The menu features beef and pork ribs, steak, chicken, sandwiches and other items. The barbecue is smoky in the Texas style, except for the tangier St. Louis-style pork ribs. The meat is cooked in a closed-pit barbecue, whereas larger chains use a faster, rotisserie-like process.

I’ve eaten at Joey’s downtown Pomona location numerous times over the years, especially before concerts. The food is pretty reliable, although some carp about the prices, which for ribs start at $12. In a cute touch common to Joey’s, each table has a miniature wooden steer with a pole from which you can hoist a Joey’s flag when you need service.

Our table had pulled pork and turkey breast sandwiches ($12 each), which come with two sides. They were meaty sandwiches — my friend took home half the turkey — and tasty too. Our sides were a corn cobette, baked beans, cole slaw and sweet potato fries.

Almost any self-respecting valley resident has eaten at a Joey’s at least once. Your thoughts?

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The Goddess meets the medical profession


Pomona graces the cover of a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Why? Why not? The cover image is a tapestry by Sir Edward Burne-Jones from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Thanks to Jeff Keating of the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona for the cover scan.

Now, how does the Goddess of Pomona feel about health care reform? All I know is that she favors eating fruit.

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