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Yes, even in Idyllic Larkspur™ we had graffiti, but since this is 1970 and since my home town was something of a counterculture mecca at the time, instead of gang tags, the playground equipment is emblazoned with Peace and Love. Who knows, it may have been applied by Janis Joplin, whose house was less than a quarter mile away here in Baltimore Canyon. From time to time, we'd see also Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters bus tooling about town. But as you can see, the counterculture was not exactly my bag, man, unless my groovy belt could be interpreted as a sign of a repressed desire to turn on, tune in and drop out. But nothing like that happened until a few years later, and then only for special occasions. Anyway, by that time all that kind of stuff was becoming rather mundanely mainstream. Snapped by a friend with my Polaroid camera. View full size.