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Answers to Chris Reynolds' 'Where am I?" quiz
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1. Now there's a cool sign for a jewelry store, don't you think? Except that this joint's proprietors have been in another game for decades.
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The sign actually says GAMBLING (this is Binion's casino on Fremont Street downtown), but the playful cropping cuts the word down to four letters.">
2. Don't rock the bucket, padre. If the fall doesn't kill you, the carnivores on the ground might.
San Diego skyline.">
3. Simple, right? But how many North American Chinatowns are there? Big ones, little ones, new ones, old ones. Of the four or more I've seen this year, this is the only one whose welcome gates went up in 1971.
Los Angeles Chinatown, but it's not. It's San Francisco's. The kite shop is on Grant Avenue, the neighborhood's commercial spinet.">
4. OK, so you've puzzled out the name of the town. But where is it? It's on a lake 32 miles long in a state that has been governed by George Clinton, Theodore Roosevelt and Grover Cleveland.
New York. And the town, if you note the print on the lifeguard stand, is Hague (Its 2000 population: 854).">
5. The Westons, first family of photography in our fair state, spent much of the 20th century with this Carmel-convenient point in view.
Edward Weston made many of his most celebrated black-and-white images of organic shapes.">
6. Nope, not the Colorado. But I can tell you that the horses are in Mexico (no, you don't get a point for that) and this river came a long way before changing direction here.
Texas. (The middle of the river is the international border.) The photo was taken within Big Bend National Park.">
7. How many train stations are there in California? Plenty. But how many cities owe their architecture to the aftermath of a 1925 earthquake?
Santa Barbara train station, strangely unlabeled from this angle, but nevertheless recognizable to both of our top scorers.">
8. Interesting color choice on those parking lot lampposts. It's almost as if the hotelier -- oops, the owner, or maybe his wife -- has a thing for pink.
San Luis Obispo, beneath a bold pink sign, motorists find the Madonna Inn and its odd collection of themed rooms. Though the lodging isn't in the picture, its telltale lampposts are a give-away for anyone who does much driving in these parts.">
9. Go ahead. Make that big leap and assume that we're in Mexico. But more than one place in Mexico claims credit for creating the margarita. In fact, more than one place in this city on the Bay of All Saints claims credit for creating the margarita.
10. If you know municipal nicknames and can read sideways signage, you don't even need to be told that this eatery is on the ground floor of an ace hotel.
Portland, Oregon, in the same building as the Ace Hotel.">
11. Wait a minute! That looks like the Grand Canyon. But the National Park Service would have major reservations about letting a tourist helicopter fly so low. Who lives next door?
12. Bye, bye, now. And so long from the portals of this 108-year-old camp and the 427 tent cabins within. FYI, Mapquest says the drive home to Rancho Cucamonga will be 349 miles.