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Coming home to party

On one of the busiest nights in Downtown Lodi, college students make their way back to Lodi and find themselves at a bar-side high school reunion

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Posted: Saturday, December 5, 2009 12:00 am

Jessica Van Ruiten sits at a tall table facing the entrance of Garry's Lounge. Wearing a little black dress with her long dark hair falling around her face, she keeps an eye on the heavy door, watching as bouncers outside let twentysomethings in one at a time. Beside her stands her friend, 22-year-old Danielle Lynch. They sip their drinks and whisper — really, yelling over the music into each others' ears — in between hugs from friends and high school buddies.

Like everyone else, Van Ruiten and Lynch are out to celebrate Lodi's "college night," the evening before Thanksgiving when college students come home for the long holiday and reunite over electric-colored shots and beer at Lodi bars.

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  • posted at 11:21 am on Wed, Dec 9, 2009.


    I'm surprised the term "paddy wagon" got by the LNS censors, seeing how it's a derogatory ethnic term."paddy - An Irishman. - Freq. used as a derogatory form of address." - Oxford English Dictionary, Mar. 2009. First known use of "paddy wagon," Chicago Daily Tribune, 9/12/1909: "Don't it make you think of the paddy wagon going down the street to pinch a gambling joint?"

  • posted at 9:19 am on Tue, Dec 8, 2009.


    Um okay. This article sounds like the opening of a teen mystery novel.

  • posted at 3:58 pm on Sun, Dec 6, 2009.


    LOL It's free publicity for all the local bars!

  • posted at 2:21 am on Sat, Dec 5, 2009.


    Wow it's overtime and overkill night in sleepy downtown lodi. What a joke this stuff has become. This was the same 25 years ago excepts for all the cops collecting overtime....wow we have progressed.

  • posted at 1:02 am on Sat, Dec 5, 2009.


    It's "paddywagon."

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