Dispatch from Palo Alto
ASN's Jon Arnold Arrives in California, Gets (Un)Settled
American Soccer Now's Jon Arnold felt something strange in the air the instant he arrived in the Bay Area, and that's before anybody mentioned anything about that player we're not supposed to talk about anymore.
BY Jon Arnold PostedPALO ALTO, Calif.—I’ve got this thing about California. The Golden State is supposed to make me laid back, give me #positivevibes, keep me chill. But I’m always overly cautious when I’m here. That tentativeness is a jarring feeling for me, generally the most carefree of carefree, but for whatever reason it always takes me a while to settle in. Previously, I’ve only visited Southern California, and maybe I’m just a little too self-conscious. The beautiful landscapes, the excellent-looking people, the angry drivers and devil-may-care motorcyclists darting through traffic, and the police cars which by some sort of California law haven’t been updated since 1979. It’s all a little Hollywood for me, and I have to rub my eyes a few times before I get my wits and realize I’m not in some Truman Show moment. So I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I touched down in the Bay Area for the first time Saturday. I hadn’t even unbuckled my seat belt before some hilarious jokester sang a few bars of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”, but thankfully things have been improving appreciably since that assault on the
May 25, 2014
May 25, 2014