Some friends and I had planned to meet for lunch at La Grande Orange Cafe in Pasadena. Because of the flooding in my building I wasn’t sure if I could make it. Fortunately that was squared away in the morning and I was able to catch the Expo Line train to the Red Line and join some of the others at Union Station. From there we took the Gold Line to the Del Mar station where we met up with another friend.
I just love how we can all come from different areas in Greater Los Angeles and travel by train to our destination!
The cafe is part of the Del Mar station so we only had to walk a few footsteps in the rain once we debarked the train.
I asked G jokingly if we were going to ask for an outside table. The rain was really coming down at that point. The joke was on me. The restaurant was so crowded inside they seated us in the outdoor patio. I told the waitress the table had better be right under a heat lamp. It was. The waitress had to wipe the rain off our chairs before we could be seated!
Our table was sandwiched between the fireplace protected by a glass screen (photo above) and a heat lamp. You can see one of the heat lamps in the photo at top.
The patio is under canopies but the precipitation managed to sneak through and every once in a while the rain spat on us… but in a very friendly way!
My Bloody Mary and Huevos Rancheros more than made up for any bad weather. They were both excellent.
I am always happy when I decide to go out and do something as opposed to staying curled up on the sofa, which I easily could have done!
Back in Culver City the rain was coming down in Velociraptors and Tyrannosauruses as I left the train station. I thought about waiting for the bus but decided to take a chance on walking. I did a lot of puddle hopping but as the bus never passed me in the entire walk home I obviously made the right decision not to get soaked standing at the bus stop. Better to get soaked walking. And I did. Get soaked.
We have at least another day of rain. But by Wednesday the sun should be back and we’ll have a few dry days. I hope this isn’t the end of the wet stuff but it will be nice to have a chance to dry out.
Oh, and our flood… it was still a flood when I got home but the pump is doing a pretty good job… so we may get lucky and it won’t seep into the garages this time. Fingers crossed.
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