Today we got together with my “cousin”* Linda. After brunch at what passes for a Jewish deli out here (I prefer Weilers or Brents, thank you), we went out shopping for shoes for my daughter. A whole afternoon of taking a 9yo, who is fashion conscious (and over tired) shoe shopping. She also got some clip-on earrings, which she alternatively likes or hates. She’s happy. As for me, a day shopping for womens shoes… nuff said.
Tonight should be fun: We’re going to Westwood Country Club, and I’m seeing my Cousin Les, who is one of the few living close relatives left on my mother’s side. I haven’t seen him (or Linda, for that matter), since 1987, so that aspect of today has been fun.
[Edit 8/2 6:33 AM] P.S.: Something I remembered later. We also visited a Jewish Bookstore called “The Source Unlimited” on Olive St. There, I learned that the artist Rick Recht, who we like quite a bit, is actually a St. Louis boy. Evidently, he’s the Artist in Residence at United Hebrew, the oldest Reform congregation West of the Mississippi. Alas, we’ll miss his next Shabbat Alive concert, as it will be in September. The other large Reform congregation out here is Congregation Shaare Emeth, where my great-aunt was quite active, IIRC.
* “Cousin”, in the sense that she is the daughter of my mother’s best friend, who was like an Aunt.