Thursday, December 23, 2010
Advent: December 23
Ok, not to beat a dead horse, but, people: RAIN! What in the world has been going on here? Sadly, and inconveniently for a lot of people (but not me, ha!) two of the main shopping centers in San Diego were mostly inaccessible yesterday due to flooding. Well, we have to be honest here. They are smack dab in the middle of the freakin' San Diego Riverbed...helloooooo...whatevs...I still feel bad for the people who had to deal with it with only a couple of shopping days until Christmas remaining. I worked at Broadway department store in one of those centers when I was in college...back when there were only a row of stores on each side along the lone arm of the mall...back before the parking structures or a need for them were even conceived of. At Christmas time we were told to park back by the River on the edges of the parking lot to leave spaces for customers. I never did...it was dark, and it was creepy,...and when it rained, well a boat would have been nice. Even with the parking structures they have now and the flood channel work that has been done in "the Valley," it still floods...because it.is.a.RIVERbed!!! As I have said before, we are weird in California. Just because it hasn't rained in a jillion years doesn't mean it won't at some point (obviously), shopping centers, hotels, restaurants, freeways or not.
I finished my shopping yesterday, at another mall, miles east of and higher in elevation than the flooded ones. And I got all my groceries for the holidays, too. Except for the green beans...not a green bean to be had at my market...great planning, that. Someone probably got in trouble. The cashiers were tired of hearing about it, from what I could hear while waiting in line! So I'll go back today or very early tomorrow...I really had hoped to avoid the market or any stores any later than yesterday. Ah, well...
Today's agenda: WRAPWRAPWRAPWRAPWRAPWRAPWRAPWRAPWRAPWRAP, DRINK TEA.