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Vietnam soldier slang for "landing zone."
Vietnam soldier slang for "landing zone."
'''Asian dewdrop'''<br />
From ''Criminal slang: the vernacular of the underground lingo'' by Vincent Joseph Monteleone [http://books.google.com/books?id=nN81uyN8WmIC&pg=PA68&lpg=PA68&dq=slang+%2B+%22dew+drop%22&source=bl&ots=8J6r0X_EiL&sig=Ht_7U1ag4dbs0YM6Tc9dIuInDto&hl=en&ei=3mPNSsT2GYHssQO46fGhBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7#v=onepage&q=&f=false]: A night pleasure seeker.
'''''abuelita'''''<br />
Spanish: grandmother
'''South Pas'''<br />
South Pasadena, Los Angeles County
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Revision as of 21:15, 7 October 2009

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Page 68

A lunch date had just happened to cancel
Afternoon, Friday, March 27, 1970, the fourth day of the narrative, and Good Friday.

"He showed up at a peculiar skid-row eatery off Temple where wine abusers up from bedrolls in vacent lots back of what remained of the old Nickel." The part of downtown centered around 5th Street is Los Angeles’ Skid Row and has long been referred to by locals and detectives in noir novels as "The Nickel." While downtown Los Angeles has gone through a revitalization in recent years, it has mostly skipped over the Skid Row neighborhood. Listen to Tom Waits' wino lullaby "On The Nickel." "...off the nikel..." page 320. "Plastic Nickel" page 293.

eighty-five-cent mickeys
A mickey is a half-pint (375ml) bottle of liquor.

I just heard she skipped
Doc heard it the day before from Bigfoot, on page 34.

Page 69

Never trust a flatland chick
Could be a reference to Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (1884) [1], a satirical novella by the English schoolmaster Edwin Abbott Abbott. In the chapter "Concerning the Women" (full text available here):

"If our highly pointed Triangles of the Soldier class are formidable, it may be readily inferred that far more formidable are our Women. For if a Soldier is a wedge, a Woman is a needle; being, so to speak, ALL point, at least at the two extremities. Add to this the power of making herself practically invisible at will, and you will perceive that a Female, in Flatland, is a creature by no means to be trifled with."
"Obviously then a Woman is not to be irritated as long as she is in a position where she can turn round. When you have them in their apartments — which are constructed with a view to denying them that power — you can say and do what you like; for they are then wholly impotent for mischief, and will not remember a few minutes hence the incident for which they may be at this moment threatening you with death, nor the promises which you may have found it necessary to make in order to pacify their fury."

Page 70

DDA game
Deputy District Attorney (Penny Kimball)

Page 71

In the Pynchon-narrated promo video for Inherent Vice, Pynchon sez:

"stewardesses or, more correctly I guess, stewardii"

The comedian Shelley Berman (b. 1926), in his 1960s nightclub act, puzzled over "incongruities in the English language":

"I just want to say just a few words about stewardii. They have... (he is interrupted by crowd shreik of laughter) Stewardii is plural for Stewardess. Uh...I think there are many incongruities in the English language as far as plurals are concerned. For example, it seems to me that the plural for Yo-yo should be Yo-yi. How about, one sheriff; several sheriffim. Um...one goof; a group of geef; uh...one Kleenex, several Kleenices; one Blouse, two Blice ........Two Jackii."

This could very well be the source for Pynchon's use of "stewardii" which is not a real word, rather it's a joke on Latin plurals, where nouns ending in "ius" are pluralized "-ii", eg radius/radii.

Page 72

Wouldn't it Be Nice
Beach Boys, 1966, off the album Pet Sounds.

Page 73

Tommy's is a famous burger chain in the LA area. This place was a food shrine to the American Hamburger and people used to come from miles around to get them. Pynchon moves the location one block east from Rampart and Beverly to Coronado and Beverly.

Krishna, the fry cook: could this be the same Krishna who shows up in Vineland as the sound man for 24 fps?

Page 74

Kahuna Airlines
Airline made famous in Pynchon's Vineland, "a non-sked flying out of LAX’s East Imperial Terminal to Hawaii" (p.56).

The FBI's Counter Intelligence Program

Page 75

Ron Karenga
Ron Karenga is an influential African American activist. He invented Kwanzaa. Back in the day in some quarters he was thought to be an agent provocateur in the employ of the FBI, especially after the shoot out at UCLA in January 1969 that left two Black Panthers, Alprentice Bunchy Carter and John Huggens, dead.

Can I be frank for a minute
A bad joke since Doc starts to sing Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon."

...the Director...spade penises...
Long time FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, now famous for his paranoia and closeted homosexuality.

Lew Erskine
main character in the TV show, "F.B.I.," which ran 1965-74. IMDB

Page 76

Ubiquitous grocery chain in California. Plays an important role in the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski, a film to which Inherent Vice is often compared.
Coming out of work later in the day
Afternoon, Friday, March 27, 1970, the fourth day of the narrative.

Page 77

I'm working weeknights at Club Asiatique
Afternoon, Friday, March 27, 1970, the fourth day of the narrative. Doc sees Jade this night at Club Asiatique, still nominally a weeknight.

before he's slipped, as Jim Morrison might put it, "into unconsciousness"...
lyrics from "The Crystal Ship" by The Doors: "Before you slip into unconsciousness / I'd like to have another kiss." The song was on the Doors' first album, The Doors, released in January 1967. Have a listen on YouTube...

as Fats Domino always sez, "Never to be"...
"Blueberry Hill" was written in 1940 and was recorded by Gene Krupa, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey and Gene Autry, and others. In 1956, Fats Domino (b. 1928) recorded it and it was a #2 hit on the Billboard Top 40. Excerpt:

The wind in the willow played
Love's sweet melody
But all of those vows we made
Were never to be

Motella gave him a skeptical O-O
Once over.

Hawaiian shirt
One was worn by Tyrone Slothrop in Gravity's Rainbow, part 2.

Page 78

Beach Boys
This must follow some Beach Boys melody. Anyone?

Pynchon's Boards' lyrics bear more than passing similarity to the lyrics of the Beach Boys' 1963 song, "Shut Down."A live version. Note the scarcely competent sax solo by Mike Love, which provides some support for Doc's and Hope Harlingen's opinion, at page 37, of the general level of surf sax playing.

The Beach Boys song was co-written with KHJ DJ Roger Christian (1934-1991), who was likely the source of the car terminology. Christian's other Brian Wilson collaborations included "Don't Worry Baby", "Little Deuce Coupe" and "In the Parkin' Lot" and he co-wrote, for Jan and Dean, "Dead Man's Curve", "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena", "Sidewalk Surfin", "Drag City" and "Honolulu Lulu."

1966 Pontiac GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato)

The Pontiac GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato) is an automobile built by Pontiac in the United States from 1964 to 1974, and is often considered the first true muscle car. Wikipedia...

Page 79

A toda madre!
from Urban Dictionary: Mexican slang that means something is totally awesome. Often abbreviated, especially in graffiti, as ATM.

"La fiesta estuvo a toda madre." translation: "The party was totally awesome."

Page 80

like Moe going, "Spread out!"
Moe, of the Three Stooges would yell "Spread out!" to the other two, and sometimes some other people, when fighting.

The Vincent Thomas Bridge by night, as it appears today.

Kai Tak
Kai Tak Airport was the international airport of Hong Kong from 1925 until 1998.

San Pedro, Terminal Island, Vincent Thomas Bridge
All back in L.A.

Page 81

Model in a red cheongsam. Source

a body-hugging one-piece Chinese dress for women.

Fan-tan... dollar-a-stone Go
Fan-Tan is a form of gambling long played in China that has similarities to roulette. Wikipedia. The "stones" in "dollar-a-stone Go" most likely refers to the point differential at the end of the game, usually ten or less between evenly matched players.

sauntering in in step
A cute double preposition. Cookie and Joaquin enter the club doing the dance move called "truckin'", which enjoyed a brief revival in the sixties and seventies after Robert Crumb published his popular "Keep On Truckin'" drawing.

Page 82

Vietnam soldier slang for "landing zone."

Asian dewdrop
From Criminal slang: the vernacular of the underground lingo by Vincent Joseph Monteleone [2]: A night pleasure seeker.

Spanish: grandmother

South Pas
South Pasadena, Los Angeles County

Page 83

dan ranking
The dan ranking system is a Japanese mark of level is used in martial arts (and also traditional fine arts, including mastery of the board game, Go). Wikipedia entry

wallerin in eye contact
Phonetic spelling of "wallowing" (pleasantly indulging in), as in a sort of hillbilly or rural-Southern accent. This article goes into more detail. An excerpt:

For those unfamiliar with southern U.S. parlance, the English verb “wallow” is many times pronounced as “waller” in areas of The Southeast, especially rural areas. According to Dictionary.com, the verb “wallow” means “to roll about or lie in water, snow, mud, dust, or the like, as for refreshment." [3]

1956 Fireflite ragtop

1956 DeSoto Fireflite Convertible, photo by bsabarnowl / Creative Commons

The nearly total absence of lighting
Night, Friday, March 27, 1970, the fourth day of the narrative.

Page 84

gathering pinks as it came

Page 85

Post Exchange in Mogadishu, Somalia. Source

abbreviation of Post Exchange. A service mark used for a military store on an Army or Naval base that sells goods to military personnel. Apparently, the PX often appeared in the Beetle Bailey comic strip from the 1950s. Wikipedia.

ear trumpet [4]
An old-fashioned hearing aid, shaped like a funnel to direct sound to the eardrum.

Chapter 1
pp. 1-18
Chapter 2
pp. 19-45
Chapter 3
pp. 46-49
Chapter 4
pp. 50-54
Chapter 5
pp. 55-67
Chapter 6
pp. 68-88
Chapter 7
pp. 89-110
Chapter 8
pp. 111-123
Chapter 9
pp. 124-153
Chapter 10
pp. 154-162
Chapter 11
pp. 163-185
Chapter 12
pp. 186-206
Chapter 13
pp. 207-234
Chapter 14
pp. 235-255
Chapter 15
pp. 256-274
Chapter 16
pp. 275-295
Chapter 17
pp. 296-314
Chapter 18
pp. 315-342
Chapter 19
pp. 343-350
Chapter 20
pp. 351-363
Chapter 21
pp. 364-369
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