I’m posting about some of the locations featured in my new novel, Motel. Pool. Today is the fifth stop: Zzyzx.
Yep, that’s a place. See?
It’s in the middle of the desert between Las Vegas and LA. I’d never heard of it until we drove by, and then of course this sign intrigued me.
I won’t bother retyping the story of Zzyzx here. You can read it on Wikipedia. And you can see some fantastic photos here. In Motel. Pool., Tag and Jack pay the place a visit and Tag has an epiphany there.
Zzyzx has an interesting history and the scenery is unique, but I’d love it just for the name alone. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a town called Beaverton, but I really like towns with weird, funny, or intriguing names. Mist, Drain, and Boring in Oregon. Wahoo, Nebraska. European places that are missing their vowels, like Krk (a Croatian island) or Trst (the Croatian name for the nearby Italian city of Trieste). Or those that threaten to sprain your tongue, like Ljubljana, Slovenia. And there’s apparently a place near Sacramento called Manlove.
What’s your favorite place name?