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Here's a good discussion of this phrase.
a Christian doctrine that says everyone is born sinful .
Hawaii Five-o was still on.
Late evening Thursday, May 7, 1970. Ordinarily, the show was on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 P.M.
that Ada whom I have never trusted since A Summer Place
Not exactly the most meaningful reference, but the same actress - Constance Ford - played both Ada in the soap opera Another World and the unsympathetic character Helen in the movie A Summer Place.
For those inclined to possibilities that require a bit of a stretch, it could also conceivably be construed to be an oblique reference to the Nabakov novel, which was published in 1969. As is fairly well known, Pynchon once took a course from Nabakov, and there are some similarities in their work, though that's a whole 'nother subject.
Next morning the fire bell went off,
Morning, Friday, May 8, 1970.
like Easter Island in reverse
A beautiful way to describe the surfers. Easter Island is a Pacific island famous for its human stone figures who were placed in a line on land, looking out over the ocean, as seen here.
Site of a mountain range only a few feet below the surface of the ocean over a hundred miles out from the California coast. Famous for huge waves that just began to be surfed in the mid-90s. Watch Mike Parsons talk about surfing there and catching the biggest wave ever, over 70 feet, documented as having been ridden.
kiss her transom goodbye
According to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, transom means: "1.d. any of several transverse timbers or beams secured to the sternpost of a boat; also, the planking forming the stern of a square-ended boat." So, basically, kiss her ass (or fantail, as Sauncho calls it on page 356) goodbye.
Or what if they want Mildred to strangle Veda at the end, like she does in the book?
Refers to the film Mildred Pierce, set in Southern California and much changed from the novel by James M. Cain.
what, helpfully, wasn't yet a quitting time crowd.
Late afternoon, Friday, May 8, 1970.
You know what the Indians say. You saved my life, now you've got to-
Recalls the bit in Against the Day between Scarsdale Vibe and Foley Walker: "You know what the Indians out west believe? That if you save the life of another, he becomes your responsibility forever" (p. 101). Also referred to on p. 171 of this book.