“I Must Take Time to Dream and Change My Eye”

August 3, 2014

I wandered down the wet sidewalks (amazed that it rained in a LA August)….

….looking at the drought tolerant plants that one neighbor put in…(the fountain he had installed on his front lawn has been off for weeks….)…onto the next property that had put in the artificial grass….which really still Looks the Best!!!!

onto to see my friend Junior…in Kitchen action at the Idiot…….I thought he might be pissed at how I told him last week he should really push his girl friend to find work to help them both…as she has not worked for like ever…..

….I did not bring up her name…or talk about her….but noticed besides the silver ring that she makes him wear on his “ring” finger… they are not married…that he was drinking some green stuff out of what looked like a Mason Jar with a top and straw in it…it has a handwritten masking tape label on it that said “Hubby”…….

she must be terribly insecure of herself….

We talked about a wonderful documentary I watched just today “Borderland”…filmed by Al Jazeera (my favorite channel right now)…way surpasses CNN for me…the BBC use to be on at 3:30 AM here…when I get up…….but doesn’t go to news now until 6 AM…whereas Al J is on….their discussion of the Gaza problem has been extremely edifying ….

I asked Junior if he had watched “Borderland”…and he had….he said it is just so awful….what people – kids in this case…have to endure to escape the drug lords that have taken over their country …trying to recruit everyone’s kids into their army……

as he said…unless you are a Native American…then everyone’s family originally came here as an illegal immigrant …

which is so true…my mother’s father’s father was a German immigrant….and his wife…my grandmother’s family supposedly came over on the Mayflower…they were supposedly related to William Bradford

“Puff Puff Jack B”…

.but frankly if everyone who claims their family came over on the Mayflower had…it would have capsized before it left the dock…..there were only 120 people when the ship sailed on September 6, 1620…and half of the passengers did not survive ….including his first wife…who (after they arrived)…”slipped over board and drowned”…William was the first “Governor” of Massachusetts…….

Junior said it costs now $10,000 to have a coyote bring you from Mexico or points south of our border to the US……illegally……whereas it use to be just a couple of thousand dollars……

I asked him how his mother was…he did a double take…smirked at me…and I REMEMBERED in a flash…that his mother died when he was 3……..

he said “I think she is doing very well…better than me…sometimes I think this life here is our Hell….”

He works 2 job now…but the other restaurant he works in down the block at Formosa and SM have cut back his hours due to business falling off ….he said a server got bad reviews on Yelp…and it has hurt business…..

I sighed and realized I have always been so blessed…….

I sat at my usual spot at the Idiot which is at the bar overlooking the kitchen….where no one sits unless the place is totally full due to the World Cup…..or some other “futbol” event….

as usual I was reading the Style Section from the NYTimes…that I really relish…and save for this moment…..

There is an article today …interviewing two successful men at a lunch in NYC….

…the chef and restaurateur Danny Meyer….and Michael Kors….the clothes designer…..

the interviewer asked them if they ever “unplugged”….

Michael answered…..

“I must make time to Dream and Change my Eye”

“Mrs (Diana) Vreeland was RIght.!!!! …”

“you have to SEE …. something different every day…even if it is finding a new way to walk home….”

“The Eye Must Travel”

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