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fingers crossed to get a job that lasts for a week in june & pays 1k.
coding student essays or something. i have enough money
saved for the summer (no summer funding from school), but it wld be nice,
to have the extra. probably everyone will want to do it tho.

updated - couple posts.

selah had us do this thing where we wrote these lists
of details from memories (first time you wrote yr name,
first sexual experience, your birth, first 'real'
book you read, etc) & then write vignettes out of the
accumulated details & then reverse
the sentences in the vignettes. i mangled mine all up,
it isn't recognizable as those things at all, anymore.

because of [ profile] godforesaken, have been thinking
about businesses i went to with my mom when i was little.
she shopped at gemco a lot;
it was in the shopping center in ventura that is now a target & bed, bath & beyond.
i think we got a lot of our food and other things at gemco. there was
also a best we went to that
had a conveyor belt your purchase came down on from some sunken chamber
as you paid for it. & pic'n'save.
i call the big lots by our house pic'n'save & braxton never knows what i mean.
my mom & grandma collected blue chip stamps & s&h green stamps.
i can't remember what free things we got; my mom probably does,
she loves bargains. probably household implements, like a toaster
or something. i usually went with my mom when she went out to
get groceries or otherwise "go to town." the only place my dad liked
to go was contractor's warehouse or green thumb; otherwise he'd wait in the car &
get mad if she took too long strolling the aisles. we went
to a sear's outlet a lot, and then to the thrift store that was next to it,
in the basement (now a ballet studio). sometimes after church
on saturdays' we'd go to taco bell, which had a hostess who'd
we tip a dollar, and i'd have a tostada & share my nachos with my little brother.
if we went to the taco bell in oxnard we brought kitchen towels to put on our laps.

if i get to do this coding thin, maybe i'll go to ca for a week this summer;
none of this stuff is there anymore but i'd like to see the ocean.

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Date: 2009-05-07 12:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i loved pic-n-save as a kid. i wonder if it was only out here?

i found a blue chip stamp in my grandma's dresser while i was cleaning it out to sell. just one. it's really cute, but all it reminded me of was that brady bunch episode.

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Date: 2009-05-07 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
it started in culver city!

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Date: 2009-05-07 12:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
good god i'd forgotten green stamps. just looking at them is crazy nostalgia.

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Date: 2009-05-07 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Same here! Now I can totally remember carefully filling the books with them as a kid.

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Date: 2009-05-07 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My grandparents bought all their kids a Betamax player from Gemco. I totally remember waiting in line to get in that day.

I use to steal makeup from Pic N Save! Er, we called it Choose and Loose. ha

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Date: 2009-05-07 06:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I still call Big Lots Pic'N'Save, too. In between the two it was called MacFrugal's.

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Date: 2009-05-07 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
pic n save was way radder than big lots, in my experience, because they were getting ancient dead stock from who knows where. or so it seemed. in the mid 90s we were finding puffy stickers of the rolling stones. they must have been at least 15 years old by then!

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Date: 2009-05-07 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
haha, andrew had to explain to me what a pic n save was a while back. apparently they have them in wisconsin.

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Date: 2009-05-08 05:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I always think of you when I am going to Ojai (might take a side trip there on Saturday!), and now I wish I had noted all the places you talk about- the thrift stores in Ventura, and the potato tacos (?)....I'm mostly going to thrift store shop, if you can think of a few of the top of your head, it would be nice. :)

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Date: 2009-05-08 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

ventura: salvation army (on telegraph near mills, you can google map all this out but i'm too lazy to do it for you) sometimes has good stuff; used to be my favorite... tho actually last time i was home did find great stuff there.

potato taco: snapper jacks, which is 3 or 4 blocks down telegraph near the salvation army. this place is owned by a local ventura family who also own rosarita's and some other place; it does have a yuppie vibe but i think it is really good.

main street (direction getting closer to the exit to hwy 33 to ojai)

coalition thrift shop - kinda across form the mission, and across from that what used to be retarded children's but i think now it is called the ARC
and up the street, same side as coalition, another one... can't think of what it is called. abused children er something.

then, on plaza park near thompson, corrales is a good burrito place, tho i feel like not very vegetarian friendly. you just order you food on the sidewalk.

in ojai, help of ojai on 108 fox street, off the main drag past the arcade
and then past that on the left side of the street there is another thrift store, can't recall what it is called tho
also in the arcade there is a thrift shop, it is the very last thing, sort of near the gas station on the left... st vincent's or something

if i was going to ojai it might be nice to stop at krotona and walk around
it is really pretty there and you get a nice view, their have lovely gardens with a pond. you have to drive up a hill, maybe the road is even dirt?

to eat and ojai, i rec boccali's (pizza with fresh tomatoes they grow on their farm) & rueben's burritos in the arcade

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Date: 2009-05-08 06:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh, also in ojai, vicki's which is near the second unamed thrift store; she sells vintage and also her own soap which she makes... her hours are weird but she's really something. and then on the way back or there there is a place before you head into casitas springs called foster bowl

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Date: 2009-05-08 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow, thanks! I will plan my route on Google, thanks for noting all these places! Funny how good thrift/vintage lives in weird little current favorite place in LA is the Torrance antique mall...there are only a few clothes sellers, but this girl has some amazing stuff. Vintage Cacherel and sometimes Marni dresses, beautiful vintage knee socks with seams, all reasonably priced.


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