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(The New York Times)   "An obituary on Wednesday about Alex Spanos, the owner of the Chargers, misstated the location of Stockton, Calif., where he was born. It is about 80 miles east of San Francisco, not west"   ( nytimes.com) divider line
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2018-10-11 07:10:21 PM  
Cause of death: Being so excited

/obscure?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2018-10-11 07:35:03 PM  
Stockton is the new bedroom suburb of the Bay Area.
 
2018-10-11 07:50:33 PM  
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Property is a little cheaper there, but it's harder to build.
 
2018-10-11 09:09:04 PM  
Someone should bury his kids 80 miles west of San Francisco.
 
2018-10-11 09:29:33 PM  
Some buried the Charges 80 miles west of SF... or they moved to LA. Nobody knows and nobody cares.
 
2018-10-11 09:31:20 PM  
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Maybe they were right about the direction and she'll show up at the funeral. Don't mess with her though.
 
2018-10-11 09:32:12 PM  
No, he didn't get it wrong. It IS west of SF. I've been there. It's nice
 
2018-10-11 09:33:21 PM  
Stockton is not a good place to go, but it is a great place to be from.
 
2018-10-11 09:36:05 PM  
Merfolk are infiltrating the NFL: confirmed.
 
2018-10-11 09:41:31 PM  
I did a repair for a customer in Santa Cruz recently. He told me he lives in west Santa Cruz, as other customers have in the past. The city's whole western border is the Pacific Ocean. While they are slightly more west than other parts of the city, they are definitely north of the rest of the city. Should be called north Santa Cruz. Somewhere along the line somone decided west Santa Cruz sounds better than north Santa Cruz and they've been going with it since. I call bullshiat. You live in north Santa Cruz.
 
2018-10-11 09:42:30 PM  
In other news, Aquaman was the owner of the Chargers.
 
2018-10-11 09:50:04 PM  
Nobody cares where Stockton is, except the people trying to get out.
 
2018-10-11 09:50:51 PM  
If it were possible to put up a subdivision 80 miles west of San Francisco, A.G. Spanish would already have three built and a fourth on the way. Until recently, I thought that man was unstoppable. RIP, sir.
 
2018-10-11 09:53:42 PM  
In Ry'leh where Spanos is with Elder Gods, whom are angry about the Chargers moving when they were so close to completing the hell portal under the stadium.
 
2018-10-11 10:00:42 PM  
I've been to Stockton once, but it will always be most vivid to me as the setting for Fat City.
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2018-10-11 10:04:50 PM  
Ah, Stockton.  The Detroit of Northern California.
 
2018-10-11 10:11:45 PM  

lostcat: [img.fark.net image 850x407]

Property is a little cheaper there, but it's harder to build.


Actually ocean top rents in the area are $3k/month
 
2018-10-11 10:22:06 PM  

AcneVulgaris: Nobody cares where Stockton is, except the people trying to get out.


The only person I ever knew from Stockton died in a motorcycle wreck.  At least he made it as far as Napa.
 
2018-10-11 10:26:35 PM  
I'm sure San Diegans are in deep mourning over his passing.
 
2018-10-11 11:00:43 PM  

phishrace: I did a repair for a customer in Santa Cruz recently. He told me he lives in west Santa Cruz, as other customers have in the past. The city's whole western border is the Pacific Ocean. While they are slightly more west than other parts of the city, they are definitely north of the rest of the city. Should be called north Santa Cruz. Somewhere along the line somone decided west Santa Cruz sounds better than north Santa Cruz and they've been going with it since. I call bullshiat. You live in north Santa Cruz.


That area (I know which one you are talking about) has always been called The West Side.  I think the curve of Monterey Bay confuses people as to which direction is which.
 
2018-10-11 11:09:02 PM  

JAGChem82: I'm sure San Diegans are in deep mourning over his passing.


Roast in hell, along with the San Diego politicians who sold out to you over the years, Alex.
 
2018-10-11 11:10:26 PM  
I keep forgetting that the Chargers moved here
 
2018-10-11 11:12:46 PM  
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2018-10-11 11:24:45 PM  

Palined Parenthood: I keep forgetting that the Chargers moved here


As do their fans.
 
2018-10-11 11:35:36 PM  

Coach McGirk: Ah, Stockton.  The Detroit of Northern California.


That's not fair.  At some point in its history, Detroit was something other than a shiat hole...
 
2018-10-11 11:55:59 PM  
That's more than twice as far away as the Farallons.
 
2018-10-12 12:03:54 AM  
It depends which way you are facing.
 
2018-10-12 12:18:20 AM  

Coach McGirk: Ah, Stockton.  The Detroit of Northern California.


I thought that was Lodi.
 
2018-10-12 01:13:15 AM  

RedVentrue: Coach McGirk: Ah, Stockton.  The Detroit of Northern California.

I thought that was Lodi.


The husband and I do refer to Lodi as a post-apocalyptic hellscape...
 
2018-10-12 02:08:12 AM  
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2018-10-12 02:49:47 AM  
Huh. 30 miles west might be an improvement on the current location.
 
2018-10-12 04:16:21 AM  
it's funny because they got distance wrong
 
2018-10-12 04:28:27 AM  

RedVentrue: Coach McGirk: Ah, Stockton.  The Detroit of Northern California.

I thought that was Lodi.


Nah, Lodi is just shabby and old, really needs some renovations and civic upkeep. Stockton, though? Meth and gangs, everywhere. Oh, and cannabis, recently, but no1curr. I grew up there and... It's both not as bad and SO MUCH WORSE than the stories, curiously enough. Glad I got the hell out, though.

/escaped a few years back
//almost feels like I broke out of prison
///cut-yo-ass slashies
 
2018-10-12 07:05:46 AM  

RedVentrue: Coach McGirk: Ah, Stockton.  The Detroit of Northern California.

I thought that was Lodi.


You're right.

/did he grow up on the east side of Chicago?
 
2018-10-12 08:58:56 AM  

RedVentrue: Coach McGirk: Ah, Stockton.  The Detroit of Northern California.

I thought that was Lodi.



It's pronounced; CHINO
 
2018-10-12 11:46:50 AM  

Dijon Ketchup: RedVentrue: Coach McGirk: Ah, Stockton.  The Detroit of Northern California.

I thought that was Lodi.

The husband and I do refer to Lodi as a post-apocalyptic hellscape...


We, the lawyers representing the inhabitants of post-apocalyptic hellscapes, hereby demand you cease and desist in your defamatory remarks!  We have standards, Dijon Ketchup.
 
2018-10-12 11:50:33 AM  
Well I guess I'll chime in, as relevant to my interests as this thread is in multiple ways. First, I live in Lodi. I've spent more of my 42 years living in Lodi than not (though I have moved around a bit in the past). I lived in Stockton for 11 years, and I work in Stockton currently. I also knew Alex Spanos and his family, and my brother and I (brother is currently a professional chef, I was formerly a professional chef) used to go to his house and cook for them on a semi-regular basis.

Anyway just for clarification for all the people who will get the wrong idea from some things being said in this therad: no, Lodi is nowhere near as bad as Stockton in any way. Lodi is the much smaller and much nicer little town about 10 miles north of Stockton. Lodi is not without its problems, but by californians who know the valley, it is generally considered a nice wine country town. Lodi's biggest current problem is that the current leadership has decided to end the historic cap on the growth rate which previously kept it small and opened the town up to a great deal of development. We have new housing tracts popping up all over the place, and all of the strip malls and shopping centers that come with them. Commuters from bay area as well as sacramento area are buying the houses at prices much higher than what has been typical for Lodi previously and driving up housing costs. Not to mention adding to overcrowding in stores and restaurants, more traffic on the roads, etc.

Full disclosure: I now work in construction and I supply materials for all of the new tract homes being built in Lodi so the growth benefits me professionally, and I will also personally benefit from the rising housing costs due to the fact that I own my home in Lodi and its value continues to increase. But as someone who's lived in Lodi (sometimes off but mostly on) since I was 4 years old in 1980, I'm not super happy about some of the ways the town is changing.

But it is absolutely nothing like places like Detroit, or even Stockton. The comparison is so far off as to be completely abstract.

Also, in my personal experience Alex Spanos and his family, for people with such an incredible amount of wealth, were always nice and acted down to earth to me and everyone I ever saw them interact with.

Fun fact: he held a fundraiser for Mitt Romney at his house in 2011 and I was asked to cook for it (I got out of the chef life in 2000 but would still do stuff for the Spanos family on occasion, including the previously mentioned in-home cooking - the money was good), but I declined on account of personal politics (and because let's be honest, if you were making a plate of food for Mitt Romney, how tempted would you be to uh, you know, do something to it).
 
2018-10-12 01:04:27 PM  
80 miles west of San Francisco
So is it a burial at sea? So, you know, they can return him to his people?
 
2018-10-12 01:04:44 PM  

ChrisDe: Palined Parenthood: I keep forgetting that the Chargers moved here

As do their fans.


No, the fans haven't forgotten they moved to LA, they're pissed that they moved to LA and won't support the team there.

Something to know about San Diegans: They don't like Los Angeles. They take immense pride in not being LA. Less smog, less crime, less heat, less traffic, lower overall cost of living. Yet LA gets all the attention, so that builds resentment.

So, take a fanbase -- most of whom have grown up with the "I hate LA" mentality for decades -- and rip the team away to the hated city up north... you get a fanbase that won't support the team anymore, even though they're not significantly farther away than they had been.

I promise you, had the Chargers been the team moved to Vegas and the Raiders sent back LA, you would still have a much more engaged fanbase. They'd still be pissed at the Spanos clan making the move, but it would have been to a place they don't mind going. The dropoff wouldn't have been so cataclysmic.

"Roadtrip to Vegas to catch a Chargers game?" "Dude, sounds great!"
vs.
"Roadtrip to LA to catch a Chargers game?" "Dude, f*ck LA."
 
2018-10-12 01:10:22 PM  

ChadM89: Fun fact: [Spanos] held a fundraiser for Mitt Romney at his house in 2011 and I was asked to cook for it ... but I declined on account of personal politics (and because let's be honest, if you were making a plate of food for Mitt Romney, how tempted would you be to uh, you know, do something to it).


Like add a sprinkle of black pepper?

/Not criticizing Spanos's or your cooking.
//Just invoking stereotype about Mormons (and Romney) preferring bland tasteless food.
 
2018-10-12 01:41:17 PM  

ChadM89: Well I guess I'll chime in, as relevant to my interests as this thread is in multiple ways. First, I live in Lodi.


Fellow Lodian here, hello!  I absolutely agree with everything you said - we refer to Lodi as a post-apocalyptic hellscape sarcastically because it's mostly* everything but. Born here, I moved away after highschool but parents were still here, and now I'm back part time (I guess we're both 'stuck' here lol).  I try not to be too much of a Pollyanna, but golly gee people who compare Lodi to even Stockton either (a haven't been through all the town, or b) spend too much time in the facebook groups. If you ever want to dish about Lodi or even how exactly how you would have done, you know, something to Mitt Romney's food hit me up - I'm always up for a beer (or 3) or wine - we can have a mini-fark party downtown!

*yes, there's some crime and homeless and drug use but show me a city that doesn't /not valid for cities with a median household income of $1MM or greater
 
2018-10-12 01:47:02 PM  
Millennial-type proof-reading detected.
 
2018-10-12 01:53:57 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Dijon Ketchup: RedVentrue: Coach McGirk: Ah, Stockton.  The Detroit of Northern California.

I thought that was Lodi.

The husband and I do refer to Lodi as a post-apocalyptic hellscape...

We, the lawyers representing the inhabitants of post-apocalyptic hellscapes, hereby demand you cease and desist in your defamatory remarks!  We have standards, Dijon Ketchup.


So ... Florida?
/I kid
//or do I?
///as a resident of Lodi, I also am an inhabitant of such post-apocalyptic hellscape, therefore I cannot defame myself and thereby refuse to cease and desist.  HA!!
 
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