Good Morning My Darklings,
My car pool ride home was relaxing and somewhat uneventful, except we had to take the San Mateo Bridge home instead of the SF East Bay Bridge, it seems there was a huge truck fire that occurred on that bridge, no one hurt thank goodness, but a lot of sushi went up in flames. As one of my co-workers remarked "That's a serious fish fry". A humoriest he is not.
Traffic was backed up for 2 to 3 hours with people running out of gas and people being arrested for fighting. A sign of things to come I fear.
But San Mateo Bridge traffic was fairly free-flowing so we took the "back way" home and contributed to paying for the extra gas to our driver.
Although I was a bit tired when I got home my sister was waiting very paticently for me and said "we need to get some staples for the pantry", it seems in the fun of shopping for Coralline for me and house re-modeling for my sister and Doyle out of town we forgot to do the basics----grocery shopping.
So with her driving and I going over the grocery list we went into Alameda to the Safeway there, and hoped that Trader Joe's would be open as well...we were lucky we got there in time before Joe's closed and then went to Safeway. I was amazed at the peace and quiet in the Store and some of the strange "Nighthawks" that shop there after the sun went down.
Ever since many stores stay open either 24 hours or till 10 p.m. or midnight and since the "invention" of on line shopping, those that relish living at Night have many benefits of those shopping hours, I'm sure during the Christmas shopping hours when many places stay open till 11 p.m. that is also greatly welcomed as well.
I mentioned to my sister about this and she said that in the hot valley areas and desert areas places like Wal-Mart and Target are open 24 hours so that people can shop during the cool of the night avoiding the heat of the day espeically when it gets up into the high 90's or 100's. When she had to travel as part of her previous job this was something she discovered. I looked at her and she smiled and said "Maybe we should look at the hours of our local Wal-mart and Target stores, it could prove to be very helpful."
I love the way she thinks.
After we were though loading our groceries in the car, Sis said she had to drop off a number of letters to mail and get stamps, the local post office was nearby and the lobby was open so we drove there and as we were going past what use to be a "Blockbuster" store we saw The Sign. "Spirit Is Coming!"
Yeaaaaaa we screamed like teenage girls at a rock concert!
We knew that towards the late middle towards end of September the store would still be stocking but also open to selling with a Grand Opening on Oct 1, Sis looked at me and said "I guess we'll have to drive by here starting in September aren't we?" Oh Yes said I.
I hope that they will carry the new Midnight Syndicate album and I do need to add to my Nox Arcana collection as well as any glass and plate wear and things to add to the house. Sis reminded me to switch to my darker shades of nail polish like "Devil's Lure" which means that there maybe some new and lovely selections of colors---I hope.
I know Coralline will be thrilled----And I do hope the larger store south of us will be in its usual place. Oh I am looking forward to Halloween!
Sis also reminded me that the Vintage Fashion Fair will also be in October----Oh I thought, maybe I did have to forgo going on a vacation trip this year, but I am all excited in anticipation of the holidays!
And then after we got home and put the groceries away, Brian who was watching Belladonna while we were gone said that Doyle had called and would call back in a short while with some nice news for me. Hmmmm I thought, I wonder what it could be?
I didn't have long to wait, Doyle called back and asked me how would I like to spend several nights on the Delta King in Old Sacramento? Tour the Old Town Sacramento and Sutter's Fort and if we have time maybe an art museum and get there by train? Yes!!! I screamed.
Doyle had made arrangements for us to go in the early part of October, he said with all the stresses of what was happening I needed a bit of relaxation and fun. And he made sure his calendar would be clear for those dates, all I had to do was set it up with my Boss, which I knew was not going to be a problem since it was well in advance.
And now with the morning gray and overcast as well as chilly I have my work papers ready and just for today will take the bus and BART and if tomorrow AC Transit strikes or if they don't I will be car pooling. I just hope that in all this aftermath there will not be any fighting on the on ramps to the SF-Bay Bridge, I have to say on the news broadcast showing the fighting, there was one woman who was so big she could have lifted a bus without much effort.