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Another Possible Location [message #2139] Sat, 28 August 2004 04:55
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I noticed three references in the narrative to a local institution called Deighton University, while reading through it again this past week. There is, of course, a city named Dayton in Ohio, and a University of Dayton in that city.

I've never been there (closest I got was Xenia, about 15 or so miles away, and that was something like 20 years ago), but from what I found online it works reasonably well, at least in some ways. Plenty of suburban towns and affluent-sounding outer neighborhoods in the area (and a decayed central city that the suburbanites would want to stay away from, according to a 2001 USA Today sidebar to an article about urban sprawl). More than a dozen high schools in the county, all four-year schools (though none with names like McAllen or Red Bluff/Red Hills), and some of the school districts still have junior high schools (grades 7-8) rather than middle schools (grades 5-8 or 6-8) -- Tuck says that Brian's at a junior high.

[For those in the UK and elsewhere unfamiliar with the U.S. school structure, it's kindergarten (at age 5) and then twelve grades, usually split into three schools: elementary (used to be K-6 until middle schools started replacing junior highs) and then middle school/junior high and finally high school (freshman year is ninth grade, followed by sophomore, junior and senior). In some areas ninth grade used to be part of junior high, with high school beginning at the sophomore year (tenth grade).]

As with Cincinnati, the nearest amusement park to Dayton is King's Island, probably about an hour or so away depending on traffic. Dayton's close enough to Cincinnati (about 55 miles) to follow their major league sports teams (the minor league baseball team in Dayton now and its fairly good-sized ballpark weren't there yet in 1997). There's a Dayton International Airport, though no direct flights from there to Los Angeles (plenty with one change of planes, but that increases the flight time well beyond what Ellen described).

Dayton's in the same time zone as New York (the narrative says that Tuck's area and Amy's are an hour different) but I don't think anybody's found a way to make that work no matter where we put Tuck. (Some of Indiana stays an hour behind from March through October by not going onto Daylight Time, but not the two counties closest to Cincinnati (or to King's Island).) If we're in Dayton, then Susan isn't attending Ohio State University in Columbus -- it's too close for Rachel's long drive there -- but the narrative never said that she was. (I'm not sure anywhere in Ohio is far enough -- maybe Cleveland?)

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