Sunday, February 12, 2006

Many, Many Warrendale's

I was trolling through Google this morning - looking at the various references to "Warrendale" on the big ol' world wide web. I discovered that this blog ranks at number 13 on Google's hierarchical listings.

My first reaction was to be mildly paranoid or superstitious about the number 13. I got over that quickly, though. If for no other reason than the fact that, the internet being what it is, those rankings will change soon enough.

I found several listings for the town of Warrendale, Pennsylvania. I wonder if this where the neighborhood's name comes from. It wouldn't be unprecendanted if it did, because the Del Ray neighborhood in southwest Detroit was named after a like-named village in Mexico.

I also discovered, much to my chargrin, that Warrendale is also the name of a mental institution in Toronto and the subject of a 1967 documentary by Allan King. The film is regarded as a great classic from the cinema verite school of film making. It one several awards, including one at the Cannes Film Festival.

As a documentary filmmaker myself, I should have known this. But alas, I did not.

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