Randomly Friday

Love is all around…

Seeing Mary and Rhoda again last night on TV gave me fond memories of this particular weenie roast from a few years back. It also made me sort of glad the proposed series never got off the ground. I imagine it might have been right up there with Bradysomething, never quite sure if it wanted to be a comedy or drama (and not doing either very well). All the same, the movie made for a good two hours…

Not the one near Fayetteville…

Mark and I made a rather arduous trek to Fort Bragg last weekend. I was all excited about seeing the place; I’d envisioned an interesting, quirky coastal town. And maybe it might have been, had we been able to cure our hunger pangs. Imagine a town of about five thousand people which tries very hard to attract the tourist trade, but which can’t seem to provide a single donwtown restaurant open on a Saturday afternoon…

Wait. There actually were two open restaurants downtown, now that I think of it: a Chinese takeaway, and a pizza parlor which was OUT OF PIZZA. Scary place. We ended up eating at Taco Bell, ferchrissakes, before finding two or three open places in a small marina under a bridge…

But Fort Bragg is home to the last remaining Purity supremarket on the west coast, which was one of the main reasons I made the trip. Until about 1973, Purity (then based in Burligame and no relation to the northeastern chain of the same name) was one of the largest supremarket chains in Northern California, with stores from Eureka to Fresno. Now it’s one little store in Fort Bragg. But by God, I’ve been there…

Annoyance of the week…

I’m always wary of those who would amend the Constitution in such a way that rights are rescinded rather than extended or codified. Flag-burning and same-sex marriage come to mind. We tried that once before with Prohibition. Remember how well that worked?

Other annoyance of the week…

I’ve noticed more panhandlers (oops, I meant “differently-economized individuals”) using “share the love” in their pitches lately. This is a phrase which has always annoyed me, because it’s almost invariably used as an attempt to get me to donate money to individuals or causes which I don’t even particularly LIKE, much less LOVE…

I’m pretty stingy with my love, thanks…

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