The English language is pretty universal, and also flexible. There are some words in Martinez that have a special meaning for us that people from out side don’t understand. Kinda like Soda-Pop-Cola are all terms for the same thing, but not really. Could Martinez create its own dialect a hundred years from now? That would be hecka cool. Here are 9 words that mean one thing to someone from Martinez, and something different to anyone else from outside (like Concord).
We are lucky to live in such a special place as Martinez. Even if you didn’t grow up here, you have been embraced by our community and are now a Martizian. I am third generation and raising a fourth here. By the way, in case you ever need expert real estate appraisal services, please LIKE the SF Bay Appraisal Fb Page, and visit our website. Enjoy…
Elsewhere: a legless reptile
Martinez: Once a main traffic route along the Carquinez Straight, the road once connected Martinez to Port Costa. It is officially called Carquinez Scenic Drive, but we just call it Snake Road. After it washed out in the 70s, Snake Road was a hang out spot for teens through out the 80s and 90s. Now after a major refurbishment the road once again connects the two towns. Just not for cars. Walkers and cyclists enjoy the scenic trail.
Elsewhere: domesticated canines
Martinez: Alhambra High School’s mascot is the Bulldogs. For us in Mtz, Dogs refers to the local team. Go Dogs!
Elsewhere: a quiet, narrow road
Martinez: Your grandpa drank here. The College Lane, a bar established in 1932. Part of the Ferry Street Crawl and Holy Night (see Thanksgiving-eve below).
Elsewhere: the hard outer carapace of a mollusk or crustacean
Martinez: the Refinery. Shell Oil Refinery Martinez was established in 1915, and has been a central industry for Martinez for over 100 years.
Elsewhere: the Moorish castle in Grenada Spain made of red clay.
Martinez: the backbone of Martinez is our central valley running the length of the town, named after the Spanish Arroyo Del Hambre, Valley of Hunger. Alhambra is also the name of our high school.
Elsewhere: a cowboy helper who tends cattle and chores around the barn.
Martinez: a secret menu item sandwich at Safeway deli consisting of chicken strips, potato wedges, and BBQ sauce.
Elsewhere: the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. Netflix and chill.
Martinez: the Holy Night where everyone who grew up in Martinez returns to town to mingle and reminisce along the Ferry Street Crawl, ending at Nu-Rays.
Elsewhere: jolly guy that comes once a year in December
Martinez: jolly guy we see every day. Martinez native and local fixture Marty Ochoa.
Elsewhere: an animated undead walking corpse
Martinez: a ball of dough baked with yellow cheese in the middle. Invented at local schools in the late 60s and served in high school cafeterias at brunch recess.
We are lucky to live in such a special place as Martinez. Even if you didn’t grow up here, you have been embraced by our community and are now a Martizian. I am third generation and raising a fourth here. By the way, in case you ever need expert real estate appraisal services, please LIKE the SF Bay Appraisal Fb Page, and visit our website. -Mario.