Archive for January 2020

The Nook – San Pedro

January 19, 2020

After church, we usually go out for Brunch. Most times, Mike and his family join us, but they were visiting another church in La Habra. We thought we might have to go over to Long Beach to see Paula’s Mom but found out that she was okay.

So we decided to take the opportunity to try a new restaurant called “The Nook” formerly known as the Gaffey Street Diner. The Nook is located at 247 N Gaffey Street. We had stopped eating at the Gaffey Street Diner because of service and quality issues. We had been mostly sending our Sunday morning business to the Pacific Diner.

There is an additional “Nook” restaurant in Torrance at 2169 Pacific Coast Hwy.

So we gave it a try. The interior had been completely redone with new wallpaper and new booths and tables. The wall paper is sort of a stylized view of Los Angeles, San Pedro and Long Beach. Kind of neat.

So service was pretty good. The place was about 1/3 full which thought was pretty good for Sunday at 1pm. We sat at a table for two and ordered coffee and water. Most of the time I order bacon and eggs. So often that our usual waitress calls me “Bacon and Eggs”. But today, I decided to try their tuna melt. Paula ordered the Eggs Benedict.

Paula asked for the fruit cup instead of home fries, but she forgot to tell the waitress “no cantelope or melon”. When I get the tuna melt, I usually only eat half and take the rest home for lunch on Monday.

One final thing. They managed to find an artist to do a mural on the side of the building next to the parking lot. Their logo is a smiling fried egg. Kind of cute. The old mural was of Guy Fieri from a review done by him for his food network show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” a long time ago.

Today

January 9, 2020

Well. Paula working at Assistance League today and I didn’t have anything to do. I didn’t feel like hanging out at home all day, so I decided to go out and do something.

First, a stop at the local Starbuck’s for an iced coffee. Brought my iPad. Finished work on previous blog post then did a couple of crossword puzzles. NY Times puzzle was nasty. Once that was done, I headed out.

I decided to take a ride down to South Shores to see the view. Would I be able to see Catalina Island. I could but just barely. Not the clearest day in a while.

I drove south on Western. All clogged up with construction work. Turned right on 25th Street and headed for Rancho Palos Verdes. Paula’s Mom once had a condo down here back when I first met her with a view of Catalina (when one could see it.)

I continued until I reached the famous Wayfarer’s Chapel I took a few pictures. The sun wasn’t at an optimum angle, but took a few pictures.

One of the things that the Wayfarer Chapel is famous for are glam Hollywood weddings. The one wedding that comes to mind is Jane Mansfield/Mickey Hargitay in 1958. Takes some time to visit all of the Jane Mansfield memorabilia. Man, she was hot. Click here for some of the pictures

So, I was done with the Wayfarer. Headed back whence I came and stopped at one of the pullouts to stop and enjoy the view of the Trump Golf course.

View of Catalina Island

Amazon and Self-Checkout

January 9, 2020

I decided to write about several things that were not big enough to take up an entire blog post, but that I wanted to get out there.

Amazon Returns

Did you ever have something that you bought from Amazon but you wanted to return? I turns out that Amazon has made it wicked easy to return stuff. No questions asked.

Here’s how. Go your orders section in the Amazon App. Select the item that you want to return. You can take the item to Kohl’s or a UPS store. The clerk will scan the bar code on your phone. Print out a label and a receipt. Then clerk pastes the label on the package. Then throws to package into the bin.

That’s it. You’re done. You get a refund, instantly. By the way, it’s free.

Self-Service Checkout

I hate self-service checkout. Someone once said, “If I wanted to do self checkout, I would shop at Amazon”. Yeah, I get it. But I like shopping at Amazon for most things.

The only things I tend to not buy at Amazon are things that I need to see and feel it in person. Like, say furniture.

I like Amazon because I can find stuff. I was looking for a few things at Target. I was just wandering the housewares department and never found what I was looking for.

I would prefer that the grocery stores hire enough people to staff all of the checkout lanes.

Plumbing

January 2, 2020

Well, another Christmas is in the history books. We had lunch with Mary over in Long Beach, then dinner with the family at our place. Dinner went great until it was time to clean up the dishes. Luckily the problem didn’t happen before dinner.

We discovered that the kitchen sink was very much clogged. We thought that our plumbing problems were done with after pushing a snake down our bathroom toilet. The toilet was doing great, kitchen sink not so much.

We decide to hold off on running the dishwasher. That could have made things much, much worse.

I tried using the plunger. No help. It just pushed the water down in left sink right back up in the right sink.

Called the plumber this morning. Plumber came industrial grade 30’ motorized snake. He checked with neighbor upstairs to see if they had problems. No answer.

At any rate, all cleaned out. Back to normal. Plumber told us that Drano, etc aren’t much use on an established clog.

1SE (1 Second Everyday) for 2019

January 1, 2020

Here we go. This is end of the year 2019. I have been posting pictures to my 1SE account every single day this year. This video runs about 11 minutes. Enjoy.

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