- Tri-City Park, a city park I was lucky enough to live near. I would ride my bike around it and run around it while on the cross country team. I used to feed the ducks old bread when my grandparents would visit.
- The neglected back area of the park was filled with BMX jumps and I spent pretty much every afternoon here riding my bike
- The community pool where I learned to swim
- My family (four of us) lived in a little 2 bedroom condo here on the corner, about 800 sq ft in size. I spent most of my time riding my bike on the street everyday, all day, all year long
- My junior high school
- This used to be a golf course where my dad was a marshall on the weekends and my brother caddied at once in a while
- There used to be a huge orange grove here
- The little condo place also had a tennis court at the end of my street, but I rarely played. It seems like I lived in a really nice place, almost country club-like, but really, it was a glorified apartment complex with attached little homes, all connected
- My closest friend growing up lived here (haven't said a word to him in probably 12 years)
- Clint lived back here. His parents were never home and his dad had a huge collection of playboys and porn Clint would pilfer. Clint freaked me out and I rarely hung out with him.
- Stacey lived here. Her family annoyed me, though one time in summer camp I had to dance with her when I told someone I liked Stacey, but I meant another Stacey at camp, not her. It was...awkward.
- My first girlfriend lived here ("Lisa"). I met her the summer between 7th and 8th grade when she moved in. We never kissed, and when school started I ignored her because she was in 7th and I was in 8th. I was an ass.
- Aaron lived around here. He was on The Real World (LA) while in college. He was the blond surfer dude from UCLA on that show.
- I almost got hit by a car here when I was very young, when an ice cream truck drove by that I chased. I think I was 7 at the time. It was so close I learned a lesson I still remember today.
- A friend had a newspaper route he did on his bike. They dropped off papers here each afternoon and I would fill in from time to time.
- I was in cross country in 7th and 8th grades and somehow we would have 2 mile races here at the school and around the park and back. Looking at the map now, I don't see how we fit any mileage in such a small area.
My childhood, seen by Google Maps
All true stories. I can't believe so many memories exist in one screen full of the map. I wish Google Maps had this kind of annotation.
Here's the live Google Maps URL I used to grab this image of Placentia, California.