Late Saturday Night With Tom La Brie’s on Channel 40

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 Returning home from school, it was just another day.  Hit the fridge for a snack and turn on the TV.    Except on this day there was a box on top of the Magnavox.   My mom said a man came by and said we would get extra channels for six bucks a month.    Before the box, my  world was channel 2, 4, 5,7, 20, the perfect 36 and channel 44.   With the box, we received a few Sacramento Stations and stations from the Central Coast.

Some of the channels were interesting, but most were duplication’s of the Bay Area channels.  After midnight, there weren’t many choices   Westerns ,Creature Features with Bob Wilkins on channel 20.  But one  night channel surfing I stopped on channel 40.

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(This is how we surfed back in the day-No remote ,with our bare fingers)

 A man an a woman were in a loving embrace, there bare shoulders touching.   IN ALL CAPS—OMG!!!    My 13 or 14 year old, loins were on FIRE!   No goodies were on display didn’t need um….  Two shoulders touching, a man and woman wrapped in sheets (with bare shoulder of course) and a vivid imagination was enough for me.

From that moment on…..It was late night comfort theater with Tom La Brie and his La Bries Waterbeds.  As a child, my family rarely visited Sacramento.  In the fifth grade I visited Sutter’s Fort, and one summer my brothers wife passed out from the heat after spending 20 minutes in the State Fair.   After that event ,Sac dropped off the radar for our family.

With cable, I learned a lot about Sacramento.  Sunrise Mall was the place to shop in the area.   Bob Frink was where I going to buy my Chevrolet Corvette once I got my drivers license and of course the only place to buy a waterbed was at La Bries.

At one am, the place to be was my bedroom, watching Night Comfort theater. The films were usually European from England and France.  The films were actually interesting but the ultimate was SEX.  Neckid, Neckid Shoulders

This Saturday night ritual went on for a while until one day, the box was gone.   It was a Thursday.  My mom thought cable was a waste of money.   I couldn’t tell her about my relationship with Tom La Brie. One night out of desperation I thought if I tuned the television to channel 40 and waited long enough, I might be able to see images, after a few minutes of black and white snow.  I turned off the television and the lights and went to sleep in a regular bed.


Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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