September 26, 2016

Sightseeing in Paradise


I live in Paradise. Paradise, California, that is.

Paradise is a small town in the foothills of the Sierras in northern California. The population hovers around 26,000. Paradise is served by four good-sized supermarkets. Because of my need for a hard-to-find ingredient I had occasion this afternoon to go to all four.

Each supermarket was busier this Monday afternoon than I can remember seeing them on any day in the past two years that I've lived here. Shoppers moving up and down the aisles and stacking up five to ten deep at the open registers which were running in the "All-Hands-On-Deck" mode.

It was strange. Very unusual. Almost spooky.

It was almost as if the entire town of 26,000 people had decided to eat in tonight and then kickback and watch a little television....


Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 26, 2016 4:45 PM
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Must watch TV? Wonder what that would be. Maye a spat between two old candidates looking to be Prezy?

Posted by: Jimmy J. at September 26, 2016 6:34 PM

I was looking for ingredients for "Trailgrate" food yesterday. Our grocery stores (and the booze barn) were slammed too!

Posted by: DeAnn at September 27, 2016 7:25 AM

Very similar experience in Kansas City....Costco and a discount grocery were buzzing (unusual for a Monday) and lots of traffic heading right home from work.

Posted by: Dinah at September 27, 2016 8:19 AM

Based on what I've read, hope the food and booze were better than the show. Watched COPS reruns on Spike myself, so can't speak with authority.

Posted by: BillH at September 27, 2016 9:01 AM

I rather enjoyed watching the first hour from up here on top of the world, however I found myself checking and rechecking the time throughout the last half hour.

Now, today, following the debate, I've a strong urge to take out the garbage, to make a run to the local landfill. I expect to fine it as crowded as your supermarkets yesterday.

Posted by: Jim O'Neil at September 27, 2016 1:30 PM

You being from Paradise and Anthony Watts from Chico is quite a complement to the area. Could it be a CSU spin off? I am class of 68 My parents lived up the Feather River Canyon and retired to the big burn-Yankee Hill. Great blog, thank you.

Posted by: William Norton at September 28, 2016 8:46 AM

Could be. If you are CSU 68 you may have known my brother Tom Van der Leun.

I was UC Berkeley.

Posted by: Vanderleun at September 28, 2016 5:01 PM