Saturday, 31 December 2011


It's New Year's Eve and I'm dreading 2012. I used to get so excited about the new year. I really felt the old year was behind me and things would be different in the future. But calendars are man made. It's not like the problems I have today are going to be gone when I flip the calendar over tomorrow. Or on the other side of the coin, every day is the first day of the rest of your life, as the saying goes.  My resolution to give up eating out particularly at fast food places flew out the window today when my boyfriend decided to have Chinese food for lunch. He offered; I didn't hint or anything and I didn't want to be a killjoy by saying 'no thank you'. Then tonight he criticized me for overeating and being fat. Hmpf.
And we already have plans to go out for sushi on my birthday on Jan. 3. I really need to tighten my belt and spend less money, but in a move that truly puzzles me, I went on a craft shopping spree today.  Is that like 'eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we must die'?  Do I already feel deprived and therefore I spent money and ate out not 24 hours after I told myself to cut back? It's hard being human.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Enjoy Knott's But Don't Eat There

Yesterday I went to Knott's Berry Farm trying to get one more day in before my yearly pass expires. I won't be renewing it.
Because of the holiday season, the park was overcrowded yesterday. Since I was mainly there to take photos, the long lines weren't really an issue.  But eventually I got hungry for some lunch.
So I went to an indoor fast food counter in the Camp Snoopy section.  After 10 minutes of waiting I placed my order for a bacon cheeseburger.  The price was $7.75.  Lower on the menu sign it said you could turn it into a combo meal for $8.00.  So obviously the combo meal was a better value.  But it seemed too good to be true so I asked her to clarify.  The combo was $15.75. You got it...another $8. for just the drink and fries to go with your meal. Holy expletive!!! So I just paid for the burger.
There was no seating anywhere within site of the order counter so I stood there for 45 minutes waiting for my burger. I began to realize my ride home might get there before my lunch did.  So I asked for my money back.  By then I'd had enough of crowds and headed out the gate. Outside the gate by the employment center was a soda vending machine.  I put in my $2 for a bottle of soda.  I heard the machine sound like it had dispensed the bottle, but nothing came out. And this human-less machines offered no way to get a refund. I tried going inside the employment center to ask but those doors are by appointment only.  It was like the last kick in the ribs.

After my boyfriend picked me up I took him to Wendy's.  I had a single cheeseburger and he had a double, both with fries and drinks, and I had a chocolate frosty, and our total was under $15.75.  Plus our food was ready to eat in ten minutes or less.

I realize amusement parks are like movie theaters. They are making their profits on the food. But honestly, I know when I'm being gouged. I feel sorry for the families that had 4 or more mouths to feed.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Can a Girl Get a Cookie Around Here?

About 8:30 PM I decided I didn't want to sit at home alone on Christmas Eve so I'd go down to the corner Dairy Queen and write a while.  Well, they were closed. So I walked on down to McDonald's but was going to stop at the first open place with a table and a coke. Busy Bee was the next one. Also closed. You'd think an Asian place would be open. So I got halfway to McDonald's. This is not so great a neighborhood so I don't like to get too far away from home in the dark when I'm walking. The next place I could see was the Del Taco (which is across the street from McDonald's).  All the lights were out.  Del Taco was closed. But Subway had it's lights on.  When I got to the Subway I could see that McDonald's was also closed. I tried the door at Subway expecting it to be locked. Since it was now almost 9 I wasn't sure how late they stayed open on a Saturday night. Fortunately they were open until 10 so I was able to write in my journal and have some cookies. They were doing a brisk business since nothing else I could see was open. I can't believe a town as big as Anaheim just rolled up it's carpets and locked it's door just because it was Christmas Eve.

Open 24 Hours, but not on Christmas Eve I guess.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Cold Snap

Here in S. Cal we are having a cold snap. A friend posted on her Facebook that it was snowing at Disneyland last night, and not the fake stuff either. When I got up at 5 AM in Atascadero on Tues. morning it was about 30 degrees outside. It seems the cold followed me all the way to Anaheim. Last night San Diego broke a cold record. Time to buy a jacket that zips down the front.

Popping bubbles
My family seeing me off at the train station in San Luis Obispo, CA yesterday