The most exciting thing that has happened to me in 50 years happened just the other day. Right here in our own Ocean Beach. I am still giggling as I write this report. Let me set the stage:
I am not a beer drinker. I will cook with it, but I do not think that I ever ordered beer to drink except when I went out with the man that became my husband back 40 years ago.
We were at the race track and he ordered a glass of the brew. Not wanting him to think that we did not have anything in common, I ordered one too. I didn’t want him to know that I didn’t like it so every time he went to cash a ticket – and he was lucky that day – I poured a little bit more out. When the glass was empty he asked me if I wanted another one, but I told him that one was my limit. As best as I can recall that was the only time I ordered a beer.
Recently I have gone back to on-line dating, in spite of my saying that I would not do so again. But I didn’t know where I could legitimately meet members of the opposite sex, and, at the same time, get fodder for my articles, so I returned to OKCupid, and Mingle, which are free sites, and Match.com, which is a paid service.
I have always made it a point not to communicate with men that do not live in San Diego. I am not interested in a long-distance relationship, but sometimes something is said that pique’s my interest. I am not going to talk about this one particular man yet; want to give me some time to see if anything develops, but suffice it to say this exciting experience the other day is all because of “Cowboy”; my new friend from, of all places, Fargo, North Dakota.
We have been talking – actually talking on the phone – as well as texting and emailing for some time now. He is an honest-to-goodness cowboy; lives on his farm where he raises goats, pigs, cattle, etc. (Like I have a lot in common with him, right?)
But somehow we got it in our heads that we should meet. First we talked about meeting in Las Vegas – but I really don’t like to fly. The cost for him to fly from Fargo to Las Vegas is about $550.I don’t think I am worth it. And the cost for me to fly to Las Vegas, without getting one of the Southwest “specials” is about $170. (I don’t think he is worth it.) But … lo and behold we found that he could fly from Fargo to San Diego for $410. And, without much thought, he booked his ticket.
And I will be soon picking him up at the airport. How will I recognize him? By his big black cowboy hat, of course. Or maybe by his red cowboy boots; or maybe by his cowboy shirt that has snaps, not buttons. None-the-less, he is coming to San Diego within the next 24 hours. For 5 days, no less. Hell! What am I going to do with a cowboy that has never been to San Diego – ever. That’s probably another story so won’t dwell on it now.
But what is so exciting. Unbelievable. \
I asked Cowboy what he likes to drink. “Bud Lite” was his answer. So that meant that I had to go buy beer because there sure isn’t any in my house. Irish Whiskey, Scotch, Bourbon, Tequila, Rum, Brandy, Vodka – all of these, but no beer. I remember once reading that our very own Rite Aid sells more beer than any other place around here. They are always having specials on that product.
So, I took myself to RiteAid – no construction this time around, and put a 18 pack of Bud Lite in my basket. (Well, he said he usually drinks about 3 a day times the 5 days he is here – figured that was about right.)
I took my purchase up to the cashier to pay, and guess what? Guess. Go ahead.
They wouldn’t sell it to me without a picture I.D!
I looked at them incredulously. I am a great grandmother and they wouldn’t sell me a case of beer without my driver’s license? You must be kidding, I said.
“No”, I was told, “beginning May 25th ALL people buying tobacco and/or alcohol products will be carded.” Do you believe that?
Hell, I was against CVS coming into Ocean Beach at the onset. If I am going to be carded, like my grandchildren, every time I purchase an alcoholic product at Rite Aid I will always do my shopping tat Rite Aid. I think I waltzed out of the store with a smile on my face. Might even go back tonight! Wanna join me?