Invisible Trajectories

Muff in Vineyards

WORDS OF MUFF

It’s been 56 years that we’ve been here and what a change in this whole area. I used to work at an insurance co. before the studios and I used to take the streetcar, to Fourth and Broadway. When I was single, my sister and I bought a Pontiac. I would walk down to Alvarado and I’d take the Red Car to Sunset. We didn’t want the tracks pulled out of Sunset, but that was progress. As soon as I moved out here, my friends couldn’t believe it. Who are you marrying? He’s from Ontario? Ontario, Canada?

Grapes and Oranges and Citrus...

My life became geographically bigger. I loved it and I was happy to raise children here. I wouldn’t like it as much now. I don’t like what’s happening anyplace. The way we raised the kids is not the way they are raised today. I’m glad when we raised our kids. There was more family support and more of a family life. The people today won’t even let the children out of their yard. Is that progress? Not really.

I feel like this is the era I’m in. I don’t like it especially, but that’s the way things are going. I’m not going to sit back and cry about it. I think Ed would have liked to have seen the grapes still growing, but you’ve got to move with the progress, unfortunately or fortunately. People from L.A., friends, used to call coming out here a day in country. Picking grapes in the fields, but again: progress. They are so busy with life, hanging on with what they do.

They get very selfish in the sense they have to be. The assistance league was fun to be in because we were helping and the younger people were not coming into this because most of the women had to go to work. UC Riverside were experimenting with smog and the vineyards were covered with gauze. There was a quite a difference between those covered and those not.

You just really wonder what’s going to happen.
Now we are at the other side of progress. We just went along with the stream. People didn’t know.