Way, way, way, back in the day, day, day....


I was fortunate to be invited to breakfast, with two dear, local friends, and one dear friend from across the country. Our hostess was treating us to Brown Sugar Kitchen, in West Oakland. The two locals had been there before and loved it..enough to go again (more than twice, I think)!

This was last Friday...and the wait was over 30 minutes, maybe 40. But it was worth it!

While we were getting out of the car, we saw the two of the signs, above. I love this...because it puts the blame on the folks who leave their stuff in the car, in plain sight!

Way, way, way, back in the day, day, day....I used to work in West Oakland. It was at a place called Tolliver Center, part of the CYA (CA Youth Authority), as a part-time Clerk Typist II. Coming from Newport Beach, and being recently married...this was my eye-opener to the reality of livin' life.

The CYA employees were stealing vouchers from the kids. And because I kept my head down, who knows what else they were ripping off. I hope each of them got what they deserved either here or hereafter. One of the ladies/girls I worked with was in the methadone maintenance program. She looked white, had freckles, and had a Hispanic surname. She treated the kids like scum.

Today...West Oakland has been completely rebuilt due to the 1989 earthquake...and has become gentrified. That's a good thing. But it's wise to put those signs up anyway.

BTW...click on the link above (or to the right) for Brown Sugar Kitchen...and you'll find the recipe for their delicious cornmeal waffles. Thank you LA Times!

live richly, marilyn

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