Walnut Creek used to be meek. Then it inherited the earth, and its downtown erupted into an orgy of flip-flops and tiki bars.
Fremont also was once a synonym for meek; you could look it up. Then it got all uppity and tried to seduce the Oakland As. Shed sleep with the Giants if she could, that Fremont.
Oakland certainly endures injury with patience, but anyone who thinks shes meek has trouble telling the difference between being down and being out. Oakland may sometimes seem beaten or even broken, but thats when shes most likely to pick herself up and rally. Dont turn your back on Oakland.
Richmond: not meek. Angry, tough, scrappy, desperate. But certainly not meek.
Moraga, Orinda, Danville: The East Bays three entitled sisters. They could regain meekness one day, perhaps after a stint in rehab.
Dublin flirted with meekness, back in the days when it was pasture. Then Hooters came to town, and all bets were off. Concord was always too rough around the edges to let meekness in. But we still love you for your other virtues, Concord. Emeryville hasnt been meek since well before it painted its name in forty-foot letters across the wall of a shopping mall. Rodeo, Martinez, Pittsburg, Antioch: You once looked like the heart of the East Bays economy, but you blew it all on gambling and booze. Were still mad at you about that.
Livermore could be meek if it werent for the weapons lab.
Pleasanton wants us to think its meek, but we aint fallin for that, and you shouldnt either.
Lafayette -- its just crazy. Subdued most of the time, barely awake in its own slumber, and then -- bam! Double homicides, extortion plots, prostitution rings, child porn. Anyone got a Prozac for Lafayette?
Come to think of it, meekness is a difficult virtue to find in a city. The eastern Contra Costa County farm communities off Highway 4 used to be meek, and look at what happened to them. Quaint, picturesque Sunol is still meek, but if it doesnt pay attention, one day soon its going to be zealous as all hell.
Maybe the moral is that a city cant afford to be meek. -- Justin Berton