Sunday, May 24, 2009

Farewell

After my usual Saturday Costco trip, I dropped off the usual items at home then drove out to the westside - I had to clear out the few remaining items at my parents house because escrow is slated to close this coming week.

Before going to the house, however, I took a side trip over to Tito's Tacos. It seems like eating there has become only an annual occasion and I wanted to make sure that I made it there at least once in 2009.

Surprisingly it wasn't too crowded (this was around 11:00); I got my usual dos tacos con queso y arroz, with a diet Coke and decided I'd take it back to the house to eat, just like I used to do long ago in my UCLA days.

I got lost driving to the house. Well, not really lost since I knew where I was headed, but I couldn't remember the old efficient route I used to take to speed me there. Instead, I wound up going a longer way and ended up on Jefferson. I decided to cut across to Rodeo using Farmdale so I could see what Dorsey's facade looked like now. It's looking better than when I went there; a little modernized, better paint, but still looking like the model modular school.

From there it was down Rodeo to the old house on Somerset. I forgot there was no more table for the food so I made do with a counter top. At least I remembered to bring some napkins and plastic utensils from Tito's, though.

I savored my too-infrequent meal and thought about how I used to have Tito's all the time and how I must be getting old because the food really filled me up this time. Plus my jaws hurt from the tough chips. Nevertheless, Tito's is Tito's - the prices have gone up but the food remains the same! Still my favorite tacos and rice.

I lifted up the garage door to make sure it was empty inside and thought about the Easy Livin' practices we used to have there. The poor neighbors. Carry On would often practice on Wellington, the next block over - we'd talk to each other through our PA systems.

After I took out the few remaining things in the house, I stepped outside and closed the door, then locked it for what will probably be the last time. I thought about the many times I had unlocked that door late on Friday and Saturday nights in high school and college, sometimes when the sun was already rising, and go flop in my room and sleep late the next day.

As I drove up Crenshaw to the freeway, I thought about how there really was no more reason for me to come to the neighborhood anymore. But no matter where I go, I'll take it with me. I'm glad I grew up there.






5 comments:

donna said...

Nice post. Weird thinking that you will never need to go back there. You should have picked up a few pieces of Golden Bird for the road....

Brien said...

FYI - I hope I'm not butting in, but did you guys know they closed the Golden Bird near/in Baldwin Plaza? The closest one to the 'hood is in Midtown.....

mkosaka said...

Great bittersweet post. Kinda makes me miss LA... but only kinda. :-)

Rickie Miyake said...

Wow, three comments for a post - a record!! Donna, I was just gonna say that GB would definitely be a good reason to keep going back to the 'hood but then Brien posted the bad news. They aren't there on Santa Rosalia anymore??? Plus Porky's is gone. What's this world coming to?

And Mike - well when are you gonna miss L.A. enough to come back so we can do our Easy Livin' reunion? Hmm?

Luckily I have my Crenshaw Boulevard movie DVD I can throw in the player on demand...

donna said...

That's too bad about GB. Maybe the one on Adams and MLK are still up and running. We have a place in Gardena that sells GB and Porky's in San Pedro sells Muggies which is the same as GB. Sad news.