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May 15, 2017

Are you getting sick of “there’s no there, there”?

Filed under: California, TV shows, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 11:45 am

How many times do you hear someone on the news today say “there’s no there, there”?

Young people today probably don’t know who originated this expression, nor do they know what it means. Gertrude Stein wrote this about the city of Oakland, CA which is very close to San Francisco, CA.

Oakland is famous for having expensive, luxury homes:

Gertrude Stein was a rich Jew. The expensive homes in Oakland were not good enough for her. That’s why she wrote her famous line.

Shown below is a typical Oakland home, which was not good enough for Gertrude Stein.



  1. I live in Oakland. That’s not a typical Oakland home you deranged psychopath. How about coming out for a visit sometime? I’d be HAPPY to show you around.

    Comment by Buck Turgidson — June 18, 2017 @ 2:37 pm

    • You wrote: “you deranged psychopath.”
      How do you know that I am a “deranged psychopath”?

      Comment by furtherglory — June 18, 2017 @ 4:19 pm

  2. Oakland is famous for luxury homes? Oakland is a working mans town. Across the bay. That’s high dollar there. I don’t think too many people want to be associated with “Oakland Hells Angels”. Let’s not forget the “East Bay Dragons”. They’re an all black bike club. The “? Marks” started In Oakland before they moved their home chapter to Marin county ( north of the Bay Area). The Mongols tried to move on Oakland in the late 60’s,but were put on the shelf real quick. If there are any luxury homes,they were probably out of town. She died in ’46. Maybe it was different then.

    Comment by Tim — May 15, 2017 @ 11:36 pm

    • You wrote: “Oakland is a working mans town.”

      At the time that Gertrude Stein wrote “There’s no there, there.” Oakland had a section of beautiful high priced homes. Most of these homes were burned in a fire years ago. Perhaps the luxury homes were never rebuilt.

      Comment by furtherglory — May 16, 2017 @ 8:00 am

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