Sandra Noakley firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m sure glad you’re back in town Marcy. Haven’t seen you in ages, and glad you feel up to getting out and about after losing Larry and all. Let’s get together tomorrow.You remember that weirdo store on 24th and 9th I told you about several years back don’t you? The one that seemed to change overnight from one kind of store to another, and has no signs or anything out front or in back or anything about what kind of store it is? Our friends Mildred and Bradley still live here, so I decided to declare myself Nosey-Neighbor-in-Chief and see if I could make sense of what was really going on so I made the rounds yesterday in time to tell you what’s what. Well when I visited Mildred she said she was too spooked to ever go back after what Bradley and I said, and also because she plain old didn’t like that dumpy dollar store she claimed she saw. Probably she was in a store on the wrong side of the street anyhow. That lady has no sense of adventure no how.
But Bradley humored me and said, “This is ridiculous. Let’s go together and settle this once and for all. Is this store the restaurant I saw or the kitchen specialty store you say you saw, or the dollar store, or something else?” Ah, now I had a Watson to my Sherlock Holmes. Marcy, you won’t believe this. We get to the store, and like what I saw with my own eyes all those years ago, there was a nice flashy sign that said “Grand Opening” but no hints for what a new customer was in for. Chins up, we marched ourselves in there. It was a store for a chef’s dream alright, but now with a full restaurant on a second floor, Japanese or Korean or something like that. Second floor? There was only one floor last time, I mean, wasn’t there? And you know Marcy how I just love Japanese and Korean food.
I don’t know what the heck is going on here. But this is about as much adventure as you’re gonna get in a town like this, so why don’t you and I go in there together tomorrow and just see? Yours, Sandra
Marcy Madel mmmm4ad @gmail.com
You are a riot! What an imagination you have! That store went out of business since I last passed through when I saw you a couple of years ago. Serves ’em right for not advertising who they were, not even on their own establishment! Love, Marcy
Sandra did see Marcy and had a lovely visit at a Japanese restaurant, and not one that comes into existence and then disappears. The visit, alas, did not include checking out the store, because ever since Larry died Marcy hadn’t felt up to doing anything that could be disquieting. But before she left town to go back home, she figured it couldn’t hurt to just pass by and sneak a little peek at 24th and 9th. Yes, the store was dismantled, but she saw in its place a little museum, clearly identifying it as containing a display of Star Trek memorabilia, something her late husband would have simply reveled in. She parked and went in. As she lingered over some of the pieces for as close a look as possible, it was like having a bit of him back at her side one additional time.
(for Part One, see my previous post, January 6, 2022.)
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