about 5 seconds from my house. I go there a lot. kinda like a "norm!" @ cheers moment sometimes, but you still don't care if you're wearing mascara or not. it's just that kind of place.
they've got this blistering-hot hot sauce -- in case you think i'm a wenie, i won a jalapeno eating contest in college, so i know what i'm talking about... food's great, too, but that's not the best thing. it's the people. the staff.
they're all so damn happy. tonight, i asked the hostess how she was doing. it's so fun being here, she said. i just love my job so much it's not even like coming to work.
now, seriously, how many people do you know who say that & mean it? they've had the same people working there since beans were new, & that's saying something.
this is the place where clinton came two weeks ago, if anybody saw my FB post. they said he was a hoot, posing for everybody's selfies. of all the nights for me to stay home eating a bowl of cereal.... damnit, janet!
here's the other thing -- there's a goodwill a coupla doors down. people call it the gucci goodwill (GGW to people "in the know") because all the donations are from the neighborhood -- not like i'm some ritzy socialite (as if) but somebody's bringing in some pretty cool stuff. not the women's dept. -- you can forget it on that -- but the men's? now, you're going to think this sounds totally gross & i guess it is, wearing somebody else's shoes -- but someone i know got a pair of real-live alligator dress shoes. i guess they were dead-live. no wait, real-dead. whatever, they were slick.
sometimes you can score some pretty awesome albums, too. they always seem to have the same helen reddy's "i am woman, hear me roar" -- don't know why somebody hasn't snapped that one up. & a little anne murray "snow bird" -- also still there. they had the partridge family & i was so pissed when it was scratched to hell. i got wayne newton's "red roses for a blue lady." come on -- i hadn't heard that since my mom played it on the hi-fi, & old wayne still rocks it.
all right, i'm going to let you in on a secret, so don't tell everybody -- you cool? okay, it's the auction. most of it you wouldn't touch with a 12 foot pole, but darlin', i've scored some good shit.
imagine someone who cleans out their grandma's house after she kicks off. ew, what's THIS, i can just hear them saying.... it's a fine-as-hell oil painting, you idiot. so here i was a couple of weeks ago. grabbed myself up a couple of bullfighting paintings. & no, they weren't velvet &, no, elvis wasn't the matador. the technique, the brushstrokes... absolutely killer.
got myself a nifty little iron chair with a tufted seat for my vanity. a waterford bowl. i'm telling you, the GGW doesn't suck.
i also hang out at estate sales. you can really score at those. gotta get there early, though.
oh, & did i tell you i got some incredible hartman luggage? coolest yellow lamp... i think i might have a problem.
so, back to maudie's. i absolutely recommend the tacos al pastor & the chicken flaquitos, or taquitos or flautitos - i never can remember what they're called, oh -- & the avocado tomatillo sauce.
did you notice i didn't mention when the auction IS? as my mother used to say, you don't have to tell everything you know.