Another Hot One

It is so hot… the birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.

The day started great…got a call from Granddaughter Jacqueline and we talked for a while on the “bat phone”. She is a manager at the chain restaurant in New Hampshire called Texas Roadhouse. It is a lively chain steakhouse serving American fare with a Southwestern spin amid Texas-themed decor. They are located all over the country but the closest to LA is Riverside.

Grandson Jon and Sarah in the back, Jackie and Nate McCormick on the left

A few minutes later the bat phone came alive again and it was Lisa (Chartier) and chatted with her for a while. Lisa works in elder-care and works for a company plus has several private clients. It’s an excellent job for her as she has the patience of Job and it so very sweet and thoughtful! We are quite proud of her.

Hollywood Lisa

Before Lunch I hopped into the Silver Ghost and hit the ol’ trail for the Home Depot and picked up a couple of must-have’s. I needed to build a suicide cord for checking out some electrical circuits and with the components from Home Depot, I made one. Suicide cord is also known as a widow-maker. It just means a non NEC way of hooking electrical equipment.

But I put alligator clips on the ends instead of terminals!

Returning for lunch, Sue had some left overs while I did pork sausage and eggs with asparagus. I have no idea why it happened but but the ol’ Woolworth’s lunch counter came into my mind…I wanted a vanilla coke and a burger so bad!

As a kid I worked in my Dad’s dime store…it was too small to have a lunch counter but the Rexall Drug Store next door had one. On my breaks I would run to that ol’ counter and order a burger and a malt every time I could..they were so good!

Did You Know? Rexall was a chain of American drugstores, and currently is the name of their store-branded products. The stores, having roots in the federation of United Drug Stores starting in 1903, licensed the Rexall brand name to as many as 12,000 drug stores across the United States from 1920 to 1977.

By the late 1950s, Rexall’s business model of unitary franchised stores, with each store owned independently by the local pharmacist, was already coming under attack by the discount chains, such as Thrifty Drug and Eckerd. These well-financed corporate entities were able to reduce costs with block purchasing, and were focused on growth. By 1977, the value of the Rexall business had deteriorated to the point that it was sold to private investors for $16 million. The investors divested the company-owned stores, though existing franchise retailers were able to keep the Rexall name. These tended to be weaker stores, and few kept the name as time progressed. The company did continue to distribute vitamins, health foods, and plastic items. Across the US, some franchise retailers are still using the Rexall name.

Mom worked in one of these prior to WWII… I remember them well!

Did You Know? A lunch counter (also known as a luncheonette) is a small restaurant, similar to a diner, where the patron sits on a stool on one side of the counter and the server or person preparing the food serves from the opposite side of the counter, where the kitchen or limited food preparation area is located. As the name suggests, they were primarily used for the lunch meal. Lunch counters were once commonly located inside retail variety stores (“five and dimes” as they were called in the United States) and smaller department stores. The intent of the lunch counter in a store was to profit from serving hungry shoppers, and to attract people to the store so that they might buy merchandise.

Woolworth’s, an early five and dime chain of stores, opened their first luncheonette in New Albany, Indiana around 1923, and expanded rapidly from there.[1] Lunch counters were often found in other dimestores, like Newberry’s, S. H. Kress, H.L. Green, W.T. Grant, McLellan’s or McCrory’s. Members of the retail staff who had taken lunch counter training would staff the counter during lunch time. Typical foods served were hot and cold sandwiches (e.g., ham and cheese, grilled cheese, BLT, patty melt, egg salad), soups, pie, ice cream (including sundaes, ice cream sodas and milkshakes), soda, coffee and hot chocolate.

In the garage after lunch I did a wine inventory and decided it was time to make the journey to Total Wine in Long Beach. To speed things up I ordered on-line and a few minutes later I got the text that the order was ready! Neat, huh? The Silver Ghost was ready to enter the freeway at warp speed one more time. Success…round trip in 45 minutes with four cases of wine to show for it.

Did You Know?  The secret to the Silver Ghost’s warp speed is the use of plasma. To achieve its necessary faster-than-light propulsion, the Silver Ghost relies on its matter/antimatter reactors to create plasma, the invaluable fuel of warp travel. But what is plasma? Well, as incredibly intelligent scientists tell us via the Internet, it’s the fourth state of matter — neither liquid, solid, nor gas. It’s the ubiquitous, nebulous substance powering our televisions, our sun, and our hard-to-explain science fiction technologies.

It should be mentioned that a quick stop at Lowe’s got me a dozen hack-saw blades, a second 5-pound shop hammer, and a new plant for my office! Guys need to shop too!

The shop now has everything I need to fix anything!
I am moving an iMac to the shop tomorrow as it is old but works fine!

We got hold of Mitch since today is Wednesday but he was getting ready to move his office and we decided tomorrow would be a better evening for dinner. We are going to do Indian which is one of his favorites.

Zack called and we are going to be getting together soon as they miss us…and we miss them! He was in Venice today and thought he might stop by if traffic was not too bad!

We talked to Brian and Jan, congratulating them on their new Prime Minister! We were pleased to find out that Michele, Franklyn, and Theo met up with them in London last week and may be visiting them again in the next few days. Daughter Michele is often amazing! Theo enjoyed London and especially the rain!

We got cleaned up and decided to go out for a drink. We stopped at Old Ranch and I decided to keep on going so we went to Patty’s Place. We used to be regulars there for several years but the recent medical situation kept us away. We visited the regulars and talked to Chuck the Bartender for quite a while!

A burger floated by us going to another guest and I succumbed… I ate half a burger!

As we departed Patty’s, the sky was on fire! A plethora of passionate pastels filled the sky. Out with the trusty iPhone and a few snaps later the sunset was captured.

Did You Know? Pastels or pastel colors belong to a pale family of colors, which, when described in the HSV color space, have high value and low to intermediate saturation.  The name comes from pastels, art media characteristic of this color family. The colors of this family are usually described as “soothing”,  “soft”, “near neutral”, “milky”, “washed out”, “desaturated”, and lacking strong chromatic content.[citation needed]

Pink, mauve, and baby blue  are commonly used pastel colors, as well as magic mint, periwinkle, and lavender.

Beautiful golden sunset…It was pretty all the way home (about 6 minutes)

We watched the sky all the way home which is only about six minutes away. Even after changing our clothes and entering the living room, which faces west, we could see the pastels fade into darker colors and then the evening darkness.

We watched some TV before crashing (three episodes of ER) this evening and we did have the tookies!

We are thinking about the Orange County Fair tomorrow since the weather guesser believes the heat spell is going to subside…tomorrow will tell!

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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