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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: https://www.zillow.com/oakland-ca/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.

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March 2, 2017

When you get there, there is no there, there

Filed under: California, Trump, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 9:11 am

In recent news stories on TV, I have heard a lot of people saying “there’s no there, there.”

How many people know where and how this expression originated? This expression is a quote from Gertrude Stein who wrote this about her home town, Oakland, California.

According to Wikipedia: Over the years, two quotes from Gertrude’s works have become widely known: “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose” and “there is no there there”, with the latter often taken to be a reference to her childhood home of Oakland, California.

Around 30 years ago, I quoted Gertrude Stein’s famous line “there’s no there, there” during a conversation with my grandson. He said, “Who’s Gertrude Stein.” Today’s young people don’t know who Gertrude Stein was. IOW, there is no there, there.

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