First you cry, and then you cry. You get on a metro and go where it takes you. You leave your phone behind and go around the city alone. Get on a bus and get lost in the sounds: of traffic, of music. Jump in potholes, get your shoes dirty. Walk on the sidewalk, walk with grace. Let your hair down, let the wind untangle your knots. Go get a piercing, go try some street food. Count the red cars, then count the blue: one two three, one two three; make a wish, make another. Sit in cafes, sit on rocks, take polaroids. Run, run, run till you’ve conquered every street, every raindrop, every shadow under every lamp post. Tell every corner, “I was here, I was here.”
One step, then another, you come back home. You come back slowly, you come back calm. Play some music, your hands in the air, close your eyes and dance. Then change the song, lay still on the floor.
First you cry, and then you laugh. Then you laugh, and then you laugh.
Eric Jackson said in his interview that they were filming at least part of the video at his house, located at 7259 W Laurel Pl.
Compare the houses:
Dylan running from Eric Jackson’s house to Dustin Gorton’s car from the video:
(What used to be) Eric Jackson’s house:
They then went to Burger King at 6797 W Ottawa Ave.
First they went down Laurel Place to Fairview Drive, which turns into Webster Street (that’s the suburbs for you!), then turned right onto Ken Caryl Avenue, then left onto Pierce Street, finally right onto Ottawa Avenue to the Burger King. (This route is fairly obvious from the landmarks seen in the video, if one is familiar with them.)
Turning from Webster St. to Ken Caryl Ave. Note the big pile of snow on the ground even in late April!
Same approximate location on Ken Caryl Avenue in the summer–pretty dull, really, not much to see but trees and wood fencing…
Turning from Ken Caryl Ave. onto Pierce St. Note the bank on the corner.
The restaurant is roughly about a mile (1.5 km) from Columbine High School.
After getting their food, they continued north along Pierce St. to Columbine at 6201 S Pierce St.
Columbine is visible on the left.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of the suburban Littleton/Columbine area with your guides Dylan Klebold, Dustin Gorton, Eric Jackson (and me, I guess…).
Anyway, next on our Tour of Littleton/Columbine is…the gas station/convenience store at 6798 W. Ottawa where Eric bought a propane tank for $49.99 at 9:12 AM on the 20th of April, 1999, less than 180 minutes before he blew his own brains out.
At the time, it was a Texaco (see receipt) but now it’s a Circle K/Shell station.
Receipt from JC-001-025955:
Eric caught on the store’s surveillance camera (note that the time is off):
Interview with the clerk, Tammy McGinnis (JC-001-0013346-0013347):
Ms. McGinnis stated that on the morning of April 20, 1999, she was on duty at the Texaco Gas Station, 6796 West Ottawa, Littleton, Colorado. She also stated that during this period of time, she was the only person on duty. She stated that about 9:00 am on that date, a white male about 18-20 years of age came into her gas station and asked to buy a propane tank. She further described the white male as being tall and thin, very clean cut looking, with no facial hair and wearing jeans and a tee shirt. She stated that the white male was very quiet and reserved. She also stated that he was not smiling and seemed very serious.
Ms. McGinnis stated that she asked the white male if he had a propane tank to trade in he responded, “no”. The white male then gave cash to Ms. McGinnis in the form of three (3) $20 bills. Ms. McGinnis stated that she then gave the white male his change and the cash receipt for the purchase of the propane tank.
Ms. McGinnis stated that she then exited her store and went to the propane tank caged area which is kept locked. She stated that she unlocked the caged area and asked the white male if he knew what type of connection he needed. The white male responded by saying, “yes”, at which time he reached into the caged area and took a “Blue Rhino" propane tank from the top rack of the propane cage. Ms. McGinnis stated that she then locked the propane cage and went back into her store. She stated that the white male was alone and she did not see what type of vehicle he was driving.
On April 26, 1999, Ms. McGinnis stated that she released the tape recording of sales made at the Texaco Gas Station on April 20, 1999, to S/A William Petoskey, FBI. She added that she does not know how to reset the timing mechanism on the recorder therefore the recording times will be off the actual time by about one hour and twenty minutes.
It’s right down the street from Columbine High School, and next to the shopping center where the Blackjack Pizza (where Eric and Dylan worked) used to be.
As seen from Pierce Street:
The store itself is pretty tiny:
The cage where the propane tanks are (still!) located:
There isn’t a heck of a lot to see…
Ah, the joys of suburban American strip malls and convenience stores…
Well, that’s about it for now…pick something up from the store to eat or drink while you walk around the parking lot and consider what happened in this very spot 15 years ago.
This scene is the first time Banba and Lin see Shizuo. Note: This crossover’s events are during volume 4 of Durarara.
“The abandoned factory in Ikebukuro,” While looking at the attached map, Lin said. “It’s a little ways from here.”
Banba and them are in the entertainment district next to the station right now. Their targeted location is rather far, but they do not have the money for a taxi. The two headed towards the abandoned factory on foot.
After walking for a bit, they saw a silhouette.
They hear voices disputing. What is it? Rin and Banba’s eyes widen and look at each other. While hiding in the shadows of the building, they peek around to see what is going on.
In the middle of the street, there are two men. One has dread-locks. The other has blond hair. He is wearing sun glasses so they cannot see his face well, but he seems to be a young man. He is wearing bartender clothes.