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The Big Shoe Shoe Repair in Bakersfield, Ca.
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A crop sprinkler brings water to a field as drought conditions worsen on June 26, 2007 near Bakersfield, California.
From time to time we invite our friend Charles Phoenix in for a chat, to share his infectious enthusiasm about all the great things to see and do in Southern California. Today, Phoenix is pumped up about a town he loves that's less than 100 miles north of LA: Bakersfield.