In preparation for our upcoming trip to Rocky Point, I had a very cultural dining experience today. I met some friends from high school at a Mexican diner known for their gigantic tortas, or sandwiches. The two friends I had lunch with live very far away from each other, so I think one of them literally looked at a map and picked an intersection in the middle, and it just happened to be a very Hispanic area.
It was fun. The waitresses barely spoke English; I think there may have been one other couple that wasn't Latin during the hour and a half we were there; we got some curious stares; the food was authentic and greasy. It really felt like Mexico, and I had to remind myself that of course it was safe to drink the tap water. I love to try new restaurants and I would probably never in my life have had occasion to eat at Tortas la Presa on 7th St and Dunlap, if it weren't for random restaurant picking. Hooray for random restaurant picking!
Then I went to Costco, where I watched with amazement as Isaac refused samples of toffee chips, brownies, chocolate covered protein bars, tri-tip roast, pasta, and cream puffs. He must have been very full from his hamburguesa con queso y papas. I tried to avoid eye contact with the lady who scans my Costco card each and every time and tries to talk me into upgrading to the Executive Membership because she says I spend enough in a year and I would get money back. I tried that once, and, frankly, I think it's a scam. Why should I give Costco $60 more so in a year's time I can get a voucher redeemable only at Costco for $68? Sometimes when a company is so eager to make money on me, I cannot help but think it is benefiting them more than it is me.
However, I am very interested in knowing: are the receipt-checkers at Costco required to draw highlighted smiley-faces, or is that duty optional? I'm just curious.
And for the last recap of my afternoon, I called Steve today to check on his current mental/emotional status, and he was laughing. Laughing. At work. He has had the crappiest, most stressful of months at work. I'm so pleased that he has had one good day. Here's to a good weekend!