Recently my home town has been in the news, and not for pleasant reasons. It is one thing to tune into the news locally and get all the traffic, weather and early morning murder reports, but when the murder reports and weather show up on the national morning shows it is disheartening.
I was getting ready for warmer temperatures, and enjoying my new apartment, feeling as if I had finally reached a comfort level that I deserved. My new washer is huge, and computer controlled. My stove is hefty, and top of the line; the carton shows it was imported from France, and everybody wants one.
As a retiree, I will not be getting any raise, so when the rent increases next year; I will be able to stay for only a few more years. It is nice living in a newly renovated apartment, with no worry about fleas or roaches invading, and being able to cook with a microwave instead of a propane tank.
With a bit of care this place should remain new looking for quite a while.
The down side is the public transit. There it is full of people who broadcast their woes to one and all, and repeat the story more than twice. If I move to the end of the car, there is a woman on her phone shouting to be heard over the trolley announcements and clanging bells.
I plan to go in the other direction whenever there are demonstrations planned for downtown. It is a shame, as I have just discovered a newly built theater with reclining heated seats.
Finding food at a reasonable price is not a problem, but the choice of food items for sale in the Hispanic market is enough to put me off eating meat.
Just for curiosity I browsed the packaged meat section and found the usual pork tongues, smoked turkey tails, large packages of chicken legs and bacon ends, and one unidentifiable package.
I looked closer, as there seemed to be a section of an animal that retained the hair! It was 3 pounds of cow lips.
I have seen tripe, gizzards, hearts, kidneys and cow tongue for sale and even heard of pork cheeks but in all my 75 years of food shopping this was a first.
My choice of food is heavily weighted on the fresh fruit and veggies selections, and meat is only eaten at restaurants and that pretty rarely.
We are losing our nearby thrift store, and that is probably because a new Family Dollar store opened in the same shopping center. Family Dollar carries a few dollar items, but is mostly a store that carries the same items as the drug stores only slightly cheaper.
We are feeling the pinch of the higher priced housing, and the homeless problems proliferate.
It is a catch 22 for some low wage earners. My friend who is a home care provider makes too much to qualify for subsidized housing, but not enough to pay for the newly renovated apartments that are in this compound. She says that this policy is contributing to the homeless, and there is some truth to that.
I think the encampments along the river and under the overpasses are a function of good weather. We have abundant resources for the homeless, but not all want to participate in the government programs. Besides the Santa Ana River, we have the largest homeless population in California.
Low cost housing seems to be a thing of the past, and those of us who are on fixed incomes are continually shuffled even farther away from city centers.
Since this weekend is a holiday for the libraries, I have to get creative in my activities and find a cool spot to enjoy a good book.