Posted tagged ‘San Pedro’

Sunday

May 3, 2020

Today is May 2. Where did April go? Getting a bit stir crazy here. So people are heading to the beach in spite of orders from the governor to stay home they are heading out.

We’re not beach persons so much, but the surfers don’t seem to care if they might get sick and die. Whatever.

So here’s what we did today. First, we watched Pastor Jacques at Oceanview Baptist do his sermon on the iPad. He was finishing up his work on the book of Nehemiah.

In normal times we would go out for brunch after church on Sunday at the Pacific Diner down on Pacific Ave in San Pedro. So today, I suggested to Paula that we call and order take-out. The diner is open for take-out. I ordered my usual bacon and eggs, Paula ordered an omelet. It was good to see the folks who work there.

Once we had our food we headed up the hill to stop at the overlook on Gaffey and 36th Street. On a clear day, one can see Catalina Island, LA Harbor or the mountains east of Los Angeles.

Apparently, we weren’t the only people that had that idea. The park across the street at the Korean Friendship Bell was closed and locked. Not the best view, but good enough. We got out our food and ate our meal.

Not sure what we’re going to do next week. Grocery shop on Tuesday. Zoom OES get together on Monday. Zoom Bible study on Wednesday.

Stay safe everyone. This too shall pass.

Joe

Saturday

March 28, 2020

So here is a picture of the front of our refrigerator. We proudly post art work from our grand-kids.

In addition to all of the magnets obtained during our travels, we have added some letters and numbers. We first asked Jonathan and Sarah to make words and phrases with the available letters. It didn’t need to make any sense.

So we started adjusting the letters to form new words that seemed to make sense to our feeble brains. When we bought this refrigerator a year or so ago, we made sure that magnets would stick.

So we did some grocery shopping today. Things are getting much mellower. There was even toilet paper available. Not a lot and not upscale brands. Looks like the store didn’t waste time taking packages out of the boxes. Just cut open the boxes and stash them on the shelf. It’s going to take a long time for this to be completely back to normal.

So the store doesn’t want to deal with our reusable grocery bags. Sigh. We either pack the stuff ourselves in our grocery bags or buy the bags from them which the will pack. Starbucks is open but you can’t sit and chat.

We stopped at “Crazy Fish” to get some take-out for lunch. Many restaurants are open for take-out only. I had some fish tacos. Paula had a shrimp salad. They are very tasty. Support your local restaurants by doing take-out during the Covid-19 restrictions.

Friday

March 21, 2020

So we went to Albertson’s for groceries. Here’s my comparison with our last visit on Monday. They had only one entrance open with a clerk managing the flow to prevent too many people joining in the fun. They moved the grocery carts inside where the tables and chairs for Starbucks were. So one person going out, then let another come in.

They’re allowing seniors (65+) to get a head start between 7 and 9 am. We’re not getting up at 0 dark thirty for the privilege.

Fresh produce seemed to be reasonably well stocked, including bananas. Bread was not so much. They stopped putting out fresh bagels and pastries on the shelf so that customers couldn’t be able to grab and put in a bag. I understand.

Meat section also looked pretty well stocked.

Canned goods including soup shelves are empty.

Paper goods aisle empty.

Still no run on beer, wine or gin. I heard that Cannabis stores are open doing business. We saw one woman who checked out with a single large bottle of vodka. Must have wanted it bad. Didn’t notice the brand, though

The check out queue was better managed. They had one line and a clerk to send the person at the head of the queue to next available cashier. Took us about 10 minutes to check out.

We managed to talk with some of our friends that work there. We learned that they got a $2/hour hazardous pay increase. They deserve it. I thanked them for their service. Our friend Dairy Dan had his trip to Boston cancelled. He had had tickets to a Celtics game. Also, our trip to Boston in May had been cancelled.

Wednesday

March 18, 2020

I’m getting a bit stir crazy. Not a lot to talk about. Paula is off taking stuff over to Mary. Glad we have her over at the Regency Palms. Only places that seem to be open are drug stores and supermarkets.

So life goes on at a somewhat slower pace. Saw a picture of the 405 without any cars. Not sure that I believe that was taken recently. Amusing, none the less.

One of the interesting features of our condo is the master bathroom. The toilet has a view whereby one can sit watch what is going on in the neighborhood.

So I noticed that there was a steady stream of cars coming and going (mostly going, to work I guess). Trash is being picked up. Mail is delivered. Life goes on, sort of.

Our son, Neil and his wife are off in Hawaii for a vacation. They left before the fecal matter hit the air movement device. They are going be in for a rude reentry to every day living. Pictures were beautiful.

Good news is that gas prices haven’t been lower in a long time. Bad news is no place to go. Our trip to MA in May has been cancelled.

One of the amusing pictures that I saw was the barren soup aisle except for Manhattan clam chowder. Taken somewhere in New England. Starve to death before eating Manhattan clam chowder.

Family coming over tomorrow for dinner. Shepherd’s Pie.

TTYL, Joe

1SE for January 2020

January 31, 2020

Here is my 1 Second Everyday for the month of January.

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.

Board & Care #2

April 3, 2019

We visited another Board & Care today. Our goal is to make a decision by Saturday. This B&C is in San Pedro on 1st Street. It is only 5 minutes from our house. Once again this facility is in a private residence (as are most B&C’s) Here is an exterior picture:

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So this home seemed a bit bigger than the B&C we visited yesterday. It didn’t seem quite as cramped. There are three bathrooms. Each bedroom is equipped with two hospital style beds. So here are my pluses and minuses:

  • Price is $3800 flat rate per month. All inclusive.
  • Shaded patio outside.
  • 5 minute drive to get there. This means we can keep doing Mary’s usual routines like her hair appt. on Friday.
  • Newer TV. Not that it matters, Mary doesn’t watch any TV.
  • Ramps out back.

Here are some more pictures:

Bottom line is we don’t really know how Mary would take to doing the move. We will probably break the news to her in the next day or so. Then take her for a tour.

The proximity to our place issue is huge. Price is also a big plus. We can pay for it quite easily. We won’t go broke moving her. Cheaper and nicer. That’s a good combination.

Stay tuned.

Joe