May 31, 2007
Dateline: Little Saigon City in 2040
Continued from page 3
pretty slick now with the Hotel Saigon reaching into the sky 20 stories high; the twin Saigon Towers reaching about the same, not sure, because I have not been inside.
Most businesses represented in the towers are Asian owned and operated; from loan companies, mortgage compan1es, banks, Attorney offices, newspaper offices, International trading companies, medical offices including acupuncture and herbal medicine consultants. I've read about some of the Businesses in the newly translated NEW SAIGON NEWS, which will, upon request now provide an English language version. It's the predominant news transmitter in New Saigon so if you want to find anything out about the town you live in that's what you read. They have it on the internet and some still in print. But in efforts to preserve the Asian culture, the news transmitter is still standard in the Vietnamese language.
My hair appointment goes quickly as I tell Ling that I have to get to
HB for my Geezer Club (as we laughingly refer to it) meeting. She's fast and good and suggests I may need a manicure but I don't have time for that today, as long as my nails are clean" and trimmed I don't figure I need to spend -more money for another cleaning and buffing and going through the inevitable good natured debate about whether an oc~ogenarian should have porcelain nails or not.
I drive into the parking lot of the Hotel Huntington and my Chinese Zippy car (which I bought in New Saigon at one of the newer dealerships) eases into the large parking space, turns itself off, and reminds me that I need to plug it if"! for a recharge. It also flips its flip top trunk, which houses the solar rechargeable panels. It's one of the most "hybrid" vehicles you've ever seen! It's has several methods of recharging and you can still actually use regular gasoline in it, although it only takes 2 gallons at a time, but that's still pretty expensive at $32 ,a gallon. I'd rather pay the charging fee of $10 per 30minutes and let the soiar panels help
the charger. I plug Zippy in and head into the hotel restaurant. I greet my longtime ~ friends from New Saigon, and Huntington f
Beach and other local cities and we have r
our coffee· and eat some lunch. We share
our stories about our neighborhoods, our health, and the latest age extending procedures we've undergone and plan for our coming Christmas' Gala.
A bit tired, I head for the grocery store, unplugging Zippy (as I, affectionately
, call my car), I go deeper into Huntington Beach to find an old Alberston's Market and get a few groceries, and some flowers. I then head north on Beach Blvd. I stop at the Saigon Cemetery (formerly known as the Westminster Memorial Park) and put some flowers; on the graves of my loved ones. Heading home now for a nap, I notice more of the changes of what used to be Westminster, including the sign that indicates the "predominate language spoken in New Saigon is Vietnamese" and since I have now learned to speak a bit of it figure I can survive here until it's my turn to join my loved ones.
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