Difficult Choices: Possible Homicide or Kettle Corn? Spoiler Alert: it was delicious

It early Wednesday morning at Cesar Chavez Park Downtown.  People are settling up for the Wednesday’s Farmers Market in the Park.   A few booths are set up.  Near the 9th and J Street Entrance, is a booth of fresh fruits , on the other side people are arranging fresh flowers .  Big Dogs is setting up their Barbecue Pit .  The Red Kettle Corn Vendor near the 10 and I street Entrance seems to be the first vendor to set up. Tempting unsuspecting office workers to its lair. The scent is intoxicating.

Every Wednesday, I’m tempted.   Its not a cheap snack.  $8.00 or $10.00 and they take every form of payment known to Jimboy’s Tacos.    I sat down on bench  on the tenth street side or the park  contemplating a bag.

There is always  entertainment in the park in the mornings.  Usually on near J or I street.    On this day, there is a man wrapped in a blue blanket with a box cutter in his hand.   He is chasing another man, calling him names that held my attention.    As the two circled the park, he said he was just released from the hospital earlier that morning and he has no problem cutting a bitch (I’m assuming the man without the blanket and box cutter is the bitch in question!)

Few people were interested in the drama  as the two circled  the park, occasionally going into the street.   I really don’t need kettle corn., its not in the weight watchers guide. I have fruit at home. But it would be nice to have the Kettle Corn while watching Perry Mason on Me tv.

Meanwhile with all the traffic entering the park.  The potential victim had many option  to escape but he chose  to run clockwise in the park. I grew tired of the endless chase.

 I bought some fresh ginger from one of the vendors and a large bag of Caramel kettle corn which went well will Perry . (I see you Della Street)

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Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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