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Arbolada Savings and Loan in Ojai
While the actual bank is apparently fictional, there is a neighborhood in the Ojai Valley named "Arbolada." It is, at least today, one the most expensive and desirable neighborhoods in the area. In Spanish, "arbolada" refers to a woodland.
Leo and Elmina Sportello's 1969 Oldsmobile
Also from the novel The Postman Always Rings Twice. This is another detective favorite of Pynchon from James M. Cain (1892-1977), the other being Double Indemnity. Cora, a femme fatale figure, is tired of her life, married to an older man she doesn't love and working in a diner that she wishes she could own and improve. She meets a young drifter, Frank Chambers, and they very soon begin a passionate affair and eventually scheme to murder Cora's husband in order to start a new life together without Cora losing the diner.
The 1946 movie version starred John Garfield, making this one of the more oblique of Pynchon's numerous references to Garfield in this book.
a maroon 289 Mustang
Charlie the fucking Tuna
Charlie the Tuna is a cartoon character and mascot for StarKist Tuna. You can see his "designer shades" and "beret" here.
single up all lines
A phrase frequently used by Pynchon in all his novels except Vineland, likely because of its multiple meanings, metaphorically.
- "single up all lines" is used in its normal nautical context in V., pp. 11 & 438; The Crying of Lot 49, p.31; Gravity's Rainbow, p.489; Mason & Dixon, pp.258 and 260; and Against the Day, p.3. Perhaps we can understand this "line" as a text-string linking Pynchon's novels together (all but Vineland?). Of course, the fact that Vineland doesn't include the phrase sort of throws a spanner in the works, as far as assigning meaning!
yet another Hitler documentary
The "another" implies that they had watched other Hitler documentaries - the most famous being Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will. The description of the Nixon rally that Doc is watching has similarities to Triumph.
One of Pynchon's research materials for writing Gravity's Rainbow was a book called From Caligari to Hitler by Siegfried Kracauer.
Note that Triumph of the Will was a favorite film of G. Gordon Liddy, a man responsible for the eruption of "Cop" shows on TV and the emergent "War on Drugs" in the early 70's.
fuck Spiro, too!
Spiro Agnew was Nixon's Vice President.
Anybody know the dog's name?
Yes. Its name was Checkers.
A (deliberately) lame joke. Sean Combs is a rapper, producer, and entrepreneur whose stage names include Diddy, Puff Daddy, and P. Diddy.