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21st Century Lesbian Trailer Trash

These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

Location: California, United States

Sunday, February 12, 2006

California Dreaming

I spend far too little time enjoying the bounty of southern California living. But yesterday I took advantage of the sunny, 80 degree weather and ventured forth with my friend Dixie. She's been holed up for weeks with a bad knee. And I've been holed up for weeks with my often nightmarish job.

We headed down 67 to the 8, thinking "beach." But as soon as we hit 8 west, Dixie suggested lunch in Old Town. Bazaar del Mundo was recently gobbled up by some big corporation and renamed Bazaar del Pasado. The quaint old shops around the bazaar have been bumped by wealthier business people and moved down the street to the low rent district.

But the open air restaurant is still there and we pigged out. I had this great burrito stuffed with gulf shrimp and a sour cream mango sauce. Such culinary delight is rare anywhere. The guacamole had a snap and the salsa a nice bite. The air was warm, the ocean breeze was soft.

Of course we began with small (read the smallest of the huge) strawberry daquiris topped with whipped cream. I faded into the comforting buzz of warm sunshine, alcohol, the din of people making merry, and the company of a sweet friend.

After lunch we wandered some of the shops, enjoying the weather and picking up a few little tchatchkas on sale. Several hours later we headed home, sated by the experience.

I stopped at the bookstore to pick up a couple of books and Starbucks for a Cinnamon Dolce. Then I fed the dog, finished watching Elizabethtown, and crashed by 9 p.m. Work was a mere speck on the horizon of my life.

I need to get out more often.

Kinja, the weblog guide


Blogger ~ nellenelle said...

Grrrrrr! It's *snowing* here!

Sounds like a wonderful day, and you have made me incredibly hungry. Had you used the word 'margarita,' there would be a pox upon you!

Hope your Sunday is equally enjoyable.

9:19 AM PST  
Blogger NursePam said...

Haaaaaa! Southern CA is Margaritaville. But I bowed to my midwestern roots and went for the daquiri instead.

Sorry about all that snow.

10:22 AM PST  
Blogger Lee said...

sounds like a fun day, but you do know that the real Margaritaville is on our coast, right?...;)...we made Jimmy Buffet a cult after all...

11:02 AM PST  
Blogger NursePam said...

LOL Lee! I'm not gonna argue because my grasp on Southern History is tenuous, to say the least.

11:41 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

~ Nony

1:43 AM PST  
Blogger NursePam said...

You are always welcome at my parties Ms. Nony. As is the lovely Lou ;^)

6:27 AM PST  

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