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California Town Votes to Love Nature

One of my buddies pointed this out. From a Yahoo! News story:

BOLINAS, Calif. - Residents of this quirky coastal town north of San Francisco decided overwhelmingly to declare their love of nature, skunks and a few other things perhaps not as easily understood.

Sponsored by a local woman known for wearing hats made of tree bark and newspaper, Measure G won 314 to 152 in the town of 1,200, where residents are so protective of their isolated way of life that they regularly remove highway signs pointing into town.

The text of the measure, in its entirety: "Vote for Bolinas to be a socially acknowledged nature-loving town because to like to drink the water out of the lakes to like to eat the blueberries to like the bears is not hatred to hotels and motor boats. Dakar. Temporary and way to save life, skunks and foxes (airplanes to go over the ocean) and to make it beautiful."

Wow. Even I am having a difficult time parsing that grammar.

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repast
Nov. 5th, 2003 12:31 pm (UTC)
You have to live in Cali, dude. like, sheesh.
naqerj
Nov. 5th, 2003 05:57 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if Bolinas has its own dialect, but not too many miles away in the Anderson Valley there is a rather wacky and fascinating dialect known as "Boontling" (which was initially invented by a couple of guys who developed a "secret code" language between the two of themselves just for fun!). It's possible that Bolinas English may well have been affected by Boontling. I don't know enough about the dialect of either region, however, to know whether that's true or not.
sidelobe
Nov. 6th, 2003 04:24 am (UTC)
I'll bet it's just a by-product of the age of computer typesetting. Kinda like spelling checkers doing us "favors". Automatic paragraph filling can be brutal to poetry. How's this:

Vote for Bolinas to be a socially acknowledged nature-loving town because

to like to drink the water out of the lakes
to like to eat the blueberries
to like the bears
is not hatred to hotels and motor boats.

Dakar.

Temporary and way to save life,
skunks and foxes
(airplanes to go over the ocean)
and to make it beautiful.

A little Ginsburg-esque, but maybe readable. Maybe.
repast
Nov. 6th, 2003 08:07 am (UTC)
that's much better--actually makes more sense that way.

and don't forget...

Dakar
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