Interesting Afternoon

Uncle treated self to a sandwich lunch at a deli off Westborough Boulevard. That was because self and he were going together to pick up Dearest Mum from the airport (her flight was coming in from Hong Kong at 1:45). The girl who made the sandwiches kept running back to ask, “What type of bread?” and “Did we want cheese?” or “Did we want mustard?” Self loves discovering new places to eat, even just sandwich places!

At the airport, Dearest Mum surfaced wearing a pink leather jacket and jeans. Also, she had a bronze-y metallic tote bag (very cute). She started literally kicking up her heels, doing mini karate kicks, while telling uncle she was all set for their camping trip to Yosemite (planned for the day after niece G’s triumphant Stanford graduation/ induction into Phi Beta Kappa). Self had a hard time picturing Dearest Mum hiking in Yosemite, but she said nothing. In fact, self was practically silent for two hours after picking up Dearest Mum. But that was OK, because she was sitting in the back seat of uncle’s car, and nobody noticed her. That is, until we picked up self’s 12-year-old nephew from his school, St. Veronica’s. Then self and nephew started chatting about Warcraft. Self confided she fell asleep “for a whole hour” during “Up.”

Nephew was wearing a white pullover printed all over with images of the Masonic eye (in bright yellow tones). Self told nephew she thought his jacket was cute. (If anyone in her school had been wearing such a jacket, they would have been beaten up, but young people nowadays apparently think nothing of wearing unisex-type clothing, with logos of Egyptian eyes or what-have-you) She asked him why the print was a religious symbol. “Isn’t that the symbol of the Masons?” self asked, very interested.

Nephew: “I don’t know.”

Self: “Why’s that eye all over your sweater?”

Nephew: “I don’t know.”

Self: “Well, it’s cute. Where’d you get it?”

Nephew: “Some store in Tanforan.”

And thus ended the most scintillating conversation of self’s day.

But no, wait! Self must have been experiencing senior moment, for how could she have forgotten this little aside? Self, casting about in the recesses of her brain for further topics of conversation, decided to ask nephew, “What is your favorite food?”

And, apparently willing to go along with the game, nephew responded, with not the slightest hesitation (which shows he must have been in possession of this knowledge for quite some time, dear blog readers): “Beignets.”

(Thank God, self knew whereof he spoke! She is not, after all, that provincial! Back to the topic at hand)

“And what’s your favorite place to get beignets?”

“There’s a place in the City, but the best place to get them is this restaurant in Monterey.”

Self wanted to ask for the name of the restaurant, in case hubby decided to stop on the drive down to son’s graduation, in two weeks, but something told her she shouldn’t. So she simply nodded sagely and said, “Oh.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.


  1. KB said,

    June 2, 2009 at 12:21 am


  2. June 2, 2009 at 1:20 am

    “Wow” is right.

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