I love shopping! LOVE shopping! Hate crowds,! HATE CROWDS! Hate shopping malls filled with people not watching where they’re going, I hate the smell of Cinnabon. I hate Costco on weekends with scores of people grazing, “Oh look tri-tip” I wish I had Elvis Presley money, where the mall would stay open just for me and a couple of friends…. (No more than two) After browsing, they could close.
Most of my shopping take place at home in the comfort of my Fruit of the Loom‘s Fill my online basket, double click and I’m done. No standing behind someone who’s check was refused-or credit card declined , no more expired coupons. No screaming children or confused shoppers. Just me and my HP and my sippy cup.
It’s Black Friday,where thousands of people lose their minds. In 07, a woman came up and punched me hard in the ribs. I was looking for my son, who had been in line at the Wal Mart for six hours. This woman punched me, because I represented all the people who had bumped into her all day long. Put a big ass fork in me cause I’m done! No more black friday’s for me.
Early in the day, my nephew told me about “The Grove” ” a shopping entertainment destination in Los Angeles. Its extremely popular, my nephew said. Its the number one tourist destination in SoCal. He tells me more people visit “The Grove” than Disneyland. I could tell he liked it. I had no intentions of ever visiting. I love him, but no.
I was playing tour guide for my daughter and her girlfriend from Florida and wanted to take her to authentic places in L.A First stop was Pink’s on La Brea, but no one was interested in standing in a line a quarter block long. In another car my quick thinking niece made reservations at the Cheesecake Factory, the cheesecake factory(yawn) isn’t there a Cheesecake Factory in Jacksonville Florida ? (yes) and the Cheesecake Factory we were going to is located in THE GROVE!
I couldn’t contain my anger…. THE GROVE ON BLACK FRIDAY! Why don’t we just pull over ,someone could just pull out all of my nose hairs .. that would be less painful that going to The Grove.. The Grove is connected to the old Farmers Market on Fairfax, across from CBS Television City.
There where three cars for every parking space at the Grove,
I’m not happy.
There was no waiting at the Cheesecake Factory…..
I’m not happy
I don’t want to spoil it for everyone else, who’s seems happy with the “Cheesecake Factory. So I keep my trap shut!
THE FUCKING GROVE ON BLACK FRIDAY! EATING AT THE FUCKING CHESSECAKE FACTORY WOO FUCKING HOO!
(and their Cheesecake sucks!)
Insult to Injury,the booth is tight for my big ass.
(What did I do in another life?)
Everyone is all smiles,it’s Thanksgiving and the family is together, my anger subsides.
The Grove is an outdoor shopping area, with medium to high end stores…. A small Nordstrom’s is the largest store. it flows nicely into the Farmers Market which dates back to the thirties Fortunately the market is how I remembered it. With many restaurants and real meat markets with real butchers and one of a kind specialty stores .
At one point, I sat alone and watched people as they walked by.
One parent was walking with her son, with these annoying squeaky shoes. Her newly walking son who was somewhere between 16 to 18 months double squeaked and triple squeaked by. I like people watching in the market, the people in the Farmers Market seemed less trendy then those in the Grove. There was one couple in their seventies. the man very dapper in was a grey suit with an ascot, his wife was clearly a fashion model at one time or another. She was a class act, everything about her was perfect she was well coordinated and I watcher her as she floated from stand to stand, some might say her clothes is a bit dated, but her flare, and style said, you could never look as good as I do. Other people in tee-shirts and regular patrons who knew people by their names came in and out of the market. I didn’t want to leave, but I figured the family would think I’m lost and start looking for me so I went searching and found them wondering the booths and stores. Together we returned to The Grove, window shopping.
When did it happen, I’ve noticed from time to time, but on this day it hit me… All the signs read buy one and get one 50% off.
For those who live outside of America , Bogo means buy-one get one…… Usually Free, or so it was at one time…
What a rip…… They should change the name . Bogo50.
Is the Bogo I once knew forever gone, and if so who do I complain to?