Monday, March 29, 2010

Feeling A Bit Parched

Salton Sea, CA

When I was a kid, back when the pollution hadn't killed every single goddamn thing within twenty miles of it, my family would occasionally go out camping by the Salton Sea.  It was a creepy place even then.  

Now it's home to just a handful of crazies, desert rats and shut-ins living among the dessicated ruins of motels and diners, gas stations and tourist traps.  Nothing but dirt and dust and dreams of a new California tourist empire gone bust.

It's sad in a lot of ways and dangerous as hell.  Middle of nowhere.  No one around for miles besides nutcases who like living next to a toxic dump.  Hard to say which is more dangerous, actually.  The crazies, or the desert.

Hands down, my money's on the desert.

Javier Robinson, 30 is a suspect in the killing of Chava Barrasa, 34, who was murdered in a halfway house in Upland back in January.  Stabbed, of course.  The body was hidden in the garage and when counselors showed up they didn't think anything was amiss.  No body.  Let's ignore the bloody knife and clothes they found on the scene and didn't bother to report.

Yes, they've been fired.

Anyway, Robinson.  On the lam.  Cops just found him.  Dead and mummified in his car near the Salton Sea.

Like I said, my money's on the desert.

1 comment:

Gerard Saylor said...

I enjoyed the movie.