This is the second and last in my series of pet peeves. Although I might at some time have to add to my litany of complaints. I hit the roof, found the end of my rope, couldn’t take it anymore and was generally ticked off when I saw the video of a 100-year-old woman who was able to twist herself into a pretzel during her yoga classes and yes, she was ballroom dancing- tango, salsa, jitterbug etc.
Today, I am going to write about pet peeves. This will be a series of two columns. I really don’t have that many rants, although those who choose to listen to my repartee might disagree. I just want it to be known that I am on to all those scoundrels that think I don’t know what they are up to. I will start with my latest insight. That inspiration came when parking in my favorite parking lot at the Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek.
My dear friend, Margery, was drawn to move back to Los Angeles because her children live there. Margery admits that she hates Los Angeles. ’Twas a lovely spring day in Southern California with temperatures in the low 80s when we began our tour of the city. I was determined to get Margery to fall in love with her city again. I wasn’t entirely clear as to whether she ever loved it when she lived there for 33 years prior to Benicia. However, I don’t give up easily once I set a mission.
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