Alameda's enemies of economic freedom are currently waging a PR war against a planned multiplex on the island. I drove past a police rummage sale on my way home from the gym just now and saw a bunch of them holding signs. Most of them just said "Stop the Megaplex," but one said "This is NOT Walnut Creek!" This made me think of a few things.
First, I thought it would be funny if a married couple drove past and were arguing over whether they were, in fact, in Walnut Creek, and the wife saw the sign and said "See! Right there! 'This is not Walnut Creel.'"
But more importantly, what's wrong with Walnut Creek? I like Walnut Creek. If you're going to criticize East Bay cities based on their ungainly shopping centers, why not start with Emeryville? Emeryville is terrible. I hate everything about Emeryville. I resent the fact that so many stores that I find myself needing or strongly desiring to shop at are in Emeryville. Also, Emeryville is a lot closer than Walnut Creek, so reminding people that there's a god-awful multiplex in Emeryville might endear them to the cause of keeping one out of Alameda. But drawing the comparison to Walnut Creek suggests that you'd have to jackass all the way into the Deep East Bay to find a giant movie theater, in which case a multiplex in Alameda might not be so bad.
So, "This is NOT Walnut Creek" Lady, if you're reading this, maybe get a new sign. And if you keep talking smack about the W.C. I'll have to punch you repeatedly in the groin.