Downtime

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum My Beloved and Beautiful Asiatic Black Bebies!

The Club was closed yesterday and I came up here for nothing. :/ As there was only a small notification on the calendar and no other warning that they were going to be closed. Sometimes people can be so inconsiderate. Thoughtless.

But anyway, after I was turned away, I was left with the monumental task of trying to find something to do with the rest of my day.

Naturally, I decided to head back to the beach.

I had spent the morning there as usual and it was just as lovely as ever, but the crowds tend to annoy me, so I rather enjoy leaving before they arrive.

Nevertheless, Lulu took me in that direction.

I like to take different routes to the same destination. It makes the journey more fun and interesting and this day, although I have taken Wilshire Blvd. HUNDREDS of time to the beach, it has always been by bus.

When you take automobile or train, you miss out on A LOT of stuff.

So, as I was riding, I passed a store I’ve seen many times but always at a distance.

Yesterday, I happened to be, not even in the street, but on the sidewalk, and got a good look at the items for sale in this particular store.

It was an Iranian store stocked with items from that part of the world and I was in Seventh Heaven!

I have never seen a store like this in L.A. and I was thrilled.

I entered with nothing but SOAN PAPDI in mind. However, when I stepped through the door, my mind immediately opened to a whole new world of food possibilities.

I was greeted with rows and rows of nothing but HONEY! And you know how much I love honey. Then the whole back wall of the store was nothing but an array of different flavors and manufacturers of TEA! I love tea and now I’m thinking it has something to do with being Muslim.

They even had cans of BABA GHANOUSH! Which I had never seen before. Later on, I went to another store (I ended up just going into stores and “shopping” like Beaux is actually a billionaire, all day 😉 ) and they also had it but it was refrigerated and in glass jars. In sha Allah, I’m going to buy from there.

Usually, Mediterranean restaurants offer Baba, but they push Hummus because it’s more widely known. I’ve never liked hummus. Baba, being made from eggplant is better for you.

I have a sixth sense about foods that are good or not good for you. And chickpeas is high on my list of NOT good for you. So, I would recommend steering away from hummus.

On a side note, I found a restaurant on the Third Street Promenade that serves Babaganoush. It is a Mediterranean restaurant. There are two and I cannot think of the names of either one. Let me G it BRB

Okay, the one that DOESN’T sell Baba is Hummus Bar Express. The one that DOES is Greek Cuisine Stop n Cafe. I hate how the Greeks have taken credit for Muslim foods. Just because they’re white and their proximity to North Africa and devils run the world…

A couple other foods that are being pushed, which I don’t recommend are BOBA and POKE.

I could be wrong but Our Beloved Messenger (May the Peace and the Blessings of Allah forever be upon him) Taught us in HOW TO EAT TO LIVE that “Simple Foods Are Best” and not to be trying all of the devils’ new and fancy foods lest you be trying on a new coffin.

But this market, (and I must mention that the customers did not like my being there in the least – possessive about “their” culture, you know. :/ The proprietors, on the other hand, were curious, probably, as to my interest, but I’m used to being stared at :/ ), but anyway, this market had so many wonderful sauces and spreads!

And food, to me, is all about FLAVOR. So, In Sha Allah, when my food stamps come in (they take food stamps! 😀 ), I’m going to buy some whole-wheat bread and start sampling!

One thing I don’t eat of theirs is the flatbread, sometimes called Naan or pita or whatnot. Our Beloved Messenger, The Honourable Elijah Muhammad (May the Peace and the Blessings of Allah Forever Be Upon Him) Taught Us In HOW TO EAT TO LIVE that Whole Wheat Bread is the Best.”

Then I looked behind the counter and there was a refrigerated section underneath, with nothing but cheeses, olives, and foreign dishes, many of which were vegetarian. I did not see one item in the store that contained the filthy, poisonous, and divinely prohibited flesh of the swine. Allahu Akbar!!!

Also in the refrigerated section, under the counter, was the meat section. Seventy-five per cent of the meat was LAMB. Which our Beloved Messenger, The Honourable and Humble Elijah Muhammad (May the Peace and the Blessings of Allah Forever Be Upon Him) Taught us in HOW TO EAT TO LIVE is better than chicken or beef. Although, No meat is good for you.

When I went to the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market on the Third Street Promenade, I bought some goat cheese that was SO GOOD. But I might not be able to wait until Wednesday or Saturday when they have the FM, so I will probably just go to this store when I have those cravings and the means to satisfy them.

Okay, okay, okay! I’ll tell you the name of the store. It is Tehran Market. Happy? :/

You know, I used to tell any and everything with no qualms, but sometimes it backfires in that I can no longer benefit because of the added popularity. But Allah Told me don’t be like that. He Always Blesses Me With Something New and Improved. 😉 Allahu Akbar.

So, I contemplated going down to the beach and getting in the water. It was an exceptionally nice day for the beach yesterday and the waves were very inviting. But Lu. It’s harder for me to cross the bridges that carry you over to the beach with her because they all have stairs and I didn’t feel like walking down to the pier.

So, I just sat in John’s spot on the grass and played with the squirrels, drank my “water chai” LOL from The Coffee Bean and took a catnap.

They were filming yesterday and since The Club was closed, I didn’t know where I was going to get my vittles. I haven’t fasted in so long, and wasn’t particularly interested in going on one impromptu, so I tried to come up on some Craft Services, especially when I noticed that the person in charge was a Brother.

He was kind of defensive though, because I opened with, “All you have are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the vegetarians? You should make some sandwiches with avocado, lettuce and cheese.” You know how I am. :/ I can’t help it though. I promise my intentions are pure!

So, he goes, “Is that what I should do?”

And I was kind of taken aback, but just smiled and took that as my cue that I wasn’t going to get any free vittles. And rode off.

He said, “As-Salaam-Alaikum!

And I happily replied, “Wa Laikum Salaam!

So, I had a banana, some plums and a couple apples. I thought about buying a loaf of bread because for some reason, I was craving bread. But I just ate my fruit and decided to keep my food stamps for the weekend and wait until today to get some real food at the Club.

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So, I visited a couple libraries and, you know, hanging around con-artists and thieves in New Orleans rubbed off on me, to my detriment.

I mean, TWO people, on two separate occasions, left computers right in front of me and LEFT! Out of SIGHT!

I couldn’t sit still, concentrate or get my mind off of those computers the whole time they were gone.

And you know I need a computer.

But I didn’t.

It just makes me realize that I’ve changed unwillingly.

They say “Birds of a feather flock together.” And that’s who I was with.

So unfortunately, some of it rubbed off of me.

But I found this amazing book!

It’s called Miss Manners’ GUIDE TO A SURPRISINGLY DIGNIFIED WEDDING

And I love it.

She is teaching the Sister Captain how to be a better Captain.

She has been married fifty years. And has the most sarcastic sense of humor. I was in the library cracking up!

She talked about the practice of pinning money on the bride which I agree is one of the most vulgar practices human beings could have resorted to. I don’t like it on birthdays either.

I will put it the way Miss Manner’s so delicately put it.

First, you would have to be very familiar with a person to get so close to them as to pin something on their raiment. But Miss Manner’s says that actually this is a very common practice.

At STRIP CLUBS!

LOL Just to give you an example of her humor and sarcasm.

It’s so funny because there are so few people who can relate to people like us, but if you think you can hang, I highly recommend the book. I’m not going to keep it to myself. 😉

I saw another book yesterday in my “shopping.” It was a book of album covers of just Black groups and it was about four inches thick! I wish I had written down the title. In Sha Allah, I will go back and get the title. Let me G it, BRB.

Can’t find it. But I go by the store all the time. The problem is going during business hours. Yesterday was an unusual day, but In Sha Allah…

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So tonight is the Twilight Concert Series and guess who is performing???

IRMA THOMAS – THE  SOUL QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS

It is so ironic that I would be able to see her out here for FREE because when I was in New Orleans, I would have had to donate blood or something to be able to afford to see her perform. She’s as bad as Papa out there! But anyway, I’m just grateful…

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Okay, so let me write some stuff I’ve had on a list for a while.

  • There is this Black-owned Contracting Company – DreamABuild. I looked at their photos and they were all high-class and you know I have high standards. Let me just tell you this; ALL of the showers had glass doors.
  • I’m looking for sponsors… Blue Note At Sea.
  • I took a mini tour of the Santa Monica Pier, we only toured the Carousel and Oh My God! Why are there apartments on the top floor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They were AMAZING!!! Can you imagine LIVING ON THE SANTA MONICA PIER!!!!!!!!!!!! First, the view was spectacular, but second, the very apartments are so airy and sunny and comfortable and just beyond words. I would give my appendix to live in one of those apartments. But they’re just used for offices now. :/

Speaking of the Carousel, rides are only $1 for children. So don’t pass it up just because it LOOKS expensive…. Let the chirren ride. 😉

  • I finally went to FOOTACTION. I know I don’t have enough money for any of those shoes anymore. But remember, Beaux’s a Billionaire, so I went in and was surprised that I actually found something remarkable about the store.

I bought my son some Adidas boots (think Timberland) when he was first born, from there, because it was nearby – in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. But lately, I’ve been kinda bougie towards them, favoring Foot Locker just because…

So when I went in, I just did so to critique them. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the uniqueness of the variety of shoes. Although Champs shoes were more aesthetically pleasing, FootAction’s were more suited to your individuality. In short, if you want a pair of shoes that no one else has… FootAction.

  • The other night I went to a symposium on hunger and there was a group there that collects surplus fruit from residential homes that have excess fruit on their fruit trees. If you live in Southern California and want to donate, visit Food Forward. They have trained and insured pickers that will come and pick the fruit.
  • For the youth, there is an organization in Santa Monica where you can go. They have audio and video studio equipment if you’re into music or film, open mics, computers, Art and other fun stuff. Pico Youth & Family Center.
  • I had planned to go see this Brass Band on Saturday but when I went to the website I found out that this other group that sounds really funky is playing tomorrow. Both FREE shows! New Breed Brass Band on Saturday

and The Boogaloo Assassins on Friday; Levitt Pavillion at Macarthur Park. 7:30

  • I found out the name of this aromatic plant that I thought was only up on the Point Dume – California Sagebrush. It smells so wonderful. But I found it on the bike trail too. So, if you bike, take the trail, it’s in Santa Monica around Centinela. Look for it and smell for it. 😉
  • Try easy-cooking.blogsky.com for some healthy recipes. Just click “translate.”
  • I saw another book that I would buy in a perfect world VINEGAR SOCKS
  • And this just has been in my head for a minute

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