Another Two-Fer Post kinda day, since... why not? *LOL* On Saturday I'd decided to go back to the Event to ask my Friend Big Kenny about some Antique Pharmacy Apothecary he had. I wanted to buy the entire Set if I could get a mutually agreeable negotiated price. He was selling them all individually, not as a Set, but they were a matching Set. I know he has seen my Collections and realizes I'd appreciate them and their rarity and value. He agreed that they don't command what they used to and it can be a very narrow demographic of Collector of such things and a specific Customer that would Decorate with them at all. I like the Quirky Treasures, many people don't. Those with the Red on their Labels in Front are part of the Set of Six I bought and successfully Negotiated a Deal on.
Tho' those types of items are Primo for Decorating for Halloween, most people wouldn't invest that much in their Halloween Seasonal Decor just to put out during a Holiday as a Prop either. For their Age these were in excellent condition, usually those Glass Labels get chipped with the use they had when in a Pharmacy at the turn of the Century. Big Kenny said that the Collector he bought them from had very high end Collections with only the very best of whatever he Collected, it shows. Four of them have the wide mouth Jars with fat Stoppers, Two have the bottle neck Jars with narrow Stoppers, only one Stopper had a Chip off the Glass and only one Jar had a small chip on the Rim of it's mouth. Neither condition issue shows when Displaying them in my Antique Medical Cabinet.
That's all I got on the return visit, it had been my Mission Statement and I stuck to it. It was a breezy pleasant day, as you can see by my Kimono flapping in the Breeze by the Courtyard Entrance. We're liking that the intense Heat is slowly tapering off, but it's not quite feeling like Fall yet except in the Morning and Evening. The Man wanted to come with me, so he was in tow, initially neither he or Princess T wanted to go, but he decided he was bored enough and changed his Mind before I could Escape without an entourage. *LOL* It was all Good because we did other things after the Event that he likes to do, so he enjoyed himself and the day out together and so did I. We made a whole day of it.
He even posed for the Obligatory Blog Fodder Pix to prove he was in tow... Winks... and he even brought his New Cane in with him and made quite a production out of using it. *LOL* I see a lot of Old People do that, if they have Medical Equipment they make a Display and Production out of using it to draw Attention and perhaps Sympathies? *LMAO* He's not so doddery that he couldn't Walk without it, or tip over like an Old Cow or a Fainting Old Goat. But it is good for him to stabilize himself, since he has been having trouble with one side of his Body not cooperating with the Signals from his damaged Brain. He's lost 20 lbs. with all the Walking I'm having him do, so that is Helpful too. I've freakin' only lost 5 lbs. doing even more physical activity than him... so NOT FAIR! *Le Sigh*
I Loved this Two Feather's Cigar Display that was painted on an Antique Window that my Designer Friend Michelle had in her Space. The Font is very 1960's Hippie Cool, Loved the Native American Graphics too. The Window is obviously much older than the Sixties, probably from a Historic Building. I think in the 60's it had been painted on for the Cigar Display Advertisement in some Old Building that housed the Shop? Probably now Building and Shop are long gone and this is the remnant of both in the form of Architectural Salvage Rescued? The fact it was Salvaged and Saved makes me Happy even if the Building nor the Shop managed to Survive the ravages of Time and alleged Progress. So much has been Lost, that anything Rescued that can still Exist, makes my Heart Sing.
I also Loved my Friend Michelle's Two Wooden Carved Mermaids. We stayed longer due to it not being overly crowded and so The Man didn't have Sensory Overload and it was mellow enough an experience he didn't short-circuit. Usually he doesn't know what to do other that follow me like a Puppy afraid of getting left behind. *LOL* I told him he was free to wander and look at whatever he wanted to, but sometimes he realizes he might become disoriented and not know where to find anything familiar, so he didn't. He stuck to me like Glue and that's Okay, better than putting out a Silver Alert if I lose him! *Smiles* "Where did you see him last Ma'am?" You'd feel foolish, like losing your Child by leaving them unattended, so it's often best he stick with me, just in case he wanders off, no Lost Vulnerable Seniors or Kiddos on my Watch! *LOL*
We went to another Antique Mall after the Event, since my Designer Friend Joe said he had some Vintage Halloween over there that he didn't have Displayed at the Event. It was hard to Source items, but all Halloween Vintage Noisemakers, Joe always had the Goods. But I'd spent my Budget on the Apothecary Jars, so I didn't buy anything else that day, just Window Shopped everything else and took pixs for Blog Fodder. We also gleaned Cans at a very large Park we Love in the Inner City that has a Lagoon and lots of Mature Shade Trees. They were having a lot of big Picnics, large BBQ Gatherings, Birthday Parties, Weddings and some Corporate Events, so it was a very upbeat Energy and lots of discarded Aluminum Cans.
Especially Outside, people are clearly feeling more comfortable gathering in larger numbers again. The Public Restrooms still ask you to Mask Up when you use the Facilities Indoors at the Parks. But when walking around Outside, since we steer clear of all People, The Man and I don't wear our Masks while Can Gleaning otherwise. We always do Indoors or if we must be close to anyone, whether we know them or not. People respectfully seem to be Socially Distancing better, with just a few exceptions now, which is also a Relief. I think now it's more force of Habit to just give someone their Space and once it becomes Habitual, people don't even have to Think about it to just do it as a New Social Norm and Etiquette to comply with.
Isaac will be taking Princess T to "Fear Farm" Haunted Attraction Tonight and they both have a Peace about attending it. It's on larger Acreage than it used to be since it's grown considerably in recent Years. We thought it had Closed Down due to Pandemic when it vacated the Farm near our New Home... turns out it just moved to another larger Farm further North on the same Road. Now the previous location has Soccer Fields and matches, which is really Big here in the West Valley, you see more Soccer than any other Sport nowadays. Of coarse it's always been the most Popular Sport outside of the U.S., now it's rivaling American Football, Basketball and Baseball here too.
By pure Serendipity we found a new Favorite Restaurant, ALZOHOUR Moroccan and Middle Eastern Restaurant and Market. The Chef is Moroccan and a Lovely Lady, Three of our Favorite Middle Eastern Restaurants have Closed during Pandemic and Two won't be Opening again and sadly went out of Business. We didn't even realize it until we tried all Three, unsuccessfully, while I was Craving Middle Eastern Cuisine for Dinner! Sinbad's and Persian Cafe' are both now gone, I was sad to see that since Sinbad's had been there at their location a long time and had a great Middle Eastern Bakery alongside the Restaurant. Now it's some Rib Shack and Persian Cafe' is getting some Chain Restaurant in that location to replace it. Our 3rd Choice was having repairs and just Closed for that. So, it was fortuitous, otherwise we wouldn't have found this Gem! It had the best Falafel!
We also Shared the Sampler Platter so that The Man could try some things he'd never had before. Usually I Dine solo when going to my Middle Eastern Restaurants because the Family isn't as familiar with the Cuisine as I am and timid about trying new things. The Man really liked the Kofta, Gyro, and Lamb Shish Kabab... he wasn't as keen on the Chicken Shish Kabab due to it's Spices. He did like the Saffron Rice and the Falafel, as well as the Pickled Vegetables. He didn't want any of the Stuffed Grape Leaves, even tho' I assured him every Restaurant and Family Recipe for them is different, so he should try just one, since these were Moroccan. The Chef and Owner is Moroccan and by pure Serendipity I was wearing a Moroccan Antique Necklace a Friend Sold me that she bought while living in Morocco. The Owner LOVED it and we talked about her Country.
Many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Restaurants have the Home-Made Baklava, but I've never seen such a selection as what she Creates of the Moroccan Treats, which are visually Stunning and I'll have to taste test each one! *LOL* I was reading what some of the ingredients are and I'm sure it will become a new Addictive Craving once I've had some! At least they're small bites, so I shouldn't go into an instant Diabetic Coma if I indulge on the rare occasion?! *Ha ha ha* The Owner is such a Sweetheart and it's an intimate small Restaurant and the majority of people were coming in to pick up very large Takeout Orders, so we had the place to ourselves mostly that Evening.
It truly felt like you were Dining in someone's Home, very Inviting and Intimate. I was Surprised how much The Man ate, since he hasn't usually been a Fan of Middle Eastern Cuisine, but neither he nor I had eaten Moroccan before, so this was my first Experience and now it's a new Favorite of both of ours! I recognized some of the staple Middle Eastern dishes, but there were some new ones and some unusual ones you can't find just anywhere that I'm going to try the next time. They do serve Goat Tagine, I like Goat, haven't been able to find it at any Restaurant here in the U.S. tho', it's more common to find on Menus Overseas where it is eaten a lot.
Anyway, we had plenty of leftovers to take Home even tho' we ate so much we felt like Beached Whales leaving! *LOL* This is hearty fare and Visually it's as Stunningly Presented as it is delicious! Now when I have a Craving for Falafel I won't have to travel all the way to the East Valley to get some really good Falafel! *Smiles* I just Love finding new Gems of Restaurants that may have been around a while, but were off the beaten Path and I didn't know about. This Restaurant, Bakery and Food Market also has a Boutique selling Moroccan Clothing and Accessories. About half of the small Strip Mall it's in is occupied by this Owner's Businesses. It's located at 7814 N. 27th Avenue in Phoenix, just South of Northern Avenue.
Okay, so now I've got you salivating and Jonesin' for Moroccan Dishes, even if you've never tried them either *Winks*... I'm done with the Food Porn. *LOL* While Creating this Post Princess T has been behind me in the Hallway doing Isaac's Laundry! Oh, how Domestic! *LMAO* To be fair, he fell in one of the irrigation ditches and got wet when they were taking their Walk last Night! He said he felt stupid because she sprung over it like a Gazelle so he thought he could make it and fell short, ended up in the ditch full of irrigation water! *LMAOROTF* So, there went his Macho Moment and she felt bad, so said she'd wash his clothes and lend him some of hers, which do fit, ironically they're the same size!
I guess she's meeting his Mother today and is nervous about appearing either Too Basic or Too Much! Well, I assured her that nobody in our Family has ever been accused of being "Basic", tho' the "Too Much" could be problematic and form a Visual Judgment!? *Bwahahahahahahaha* Just look Cute and not look Too Hoochie I instructed, that should go over well with someone's Mother. *Winks* She's a Good Girl but they don't know her and so sometimes people make snap assumptions based on impressions that may or may not be accurate about people they know nothing about. She's bold about Fashion and Fearless about what she wears, but she knows some of the Older Ladies look at her disapprovingly. I say, they're just Jealous and sure Wish they could look that Good! *Ha ha ha*
I say this because anyone under 30 always compliments her on the Ensembles she wears and random people always walk up and tell her how Cute she looks in her Outfits. She has been told that by some over 30, but mostly the over 30 crowd is pretty uptight and judgmental about the Young who look different and are bold and comfortable about Fashion. When I was at the Event one of the Young Cashiers had a Quirky short Hairstyle and Bold Fashion Look, she was Adorable and totally Rocking it. Two very "Basic" Karens behind me in Line, a Mother and Daughter duo, were being very Snarky, Judgmental and Unkind about the Girl's appearance. So I just turned around and looked them up and down with a disdainful Critique without Words, that shut them up instantly!!! *Bwahahahahaha*
They would be the sort my Mom would say would be Overlooked rather than Looked Over, nuff said, no Words needed. When someone looks 'Basic' they almost can't stand anyone who Stands Out and it doesn't elevate them in the least when they're vocal about their Self-Righteous Pretentiousness, Jealousies, petty Prejudices or Insecurities. The Mom had more Face Foundation on to try to hide her ravaged by Age complexion than Tammy Faye Bakker! It just accentuated she had a lot of Wrinkles and a bad Complexion, she'd of been better off going Natural. The Daughter was nothing to look at, tho' she certainly had thought she was All That, 'til I gave her the disdainful Up and Down.
You can say a LOT with your Eyes above your Mask, she Blushed and shut the fuck up about the other Girl, who was about her Age, but Cuter and way more Fashionable. *Bwahahahaha* Hey, if you're gonna be so harshly Critical of someone else, better look in the Mirror first Honey, lest you be equally Judged. A LOT could be said about them both that wouldn't have been flattering and so I put them on Blast here... that was left unsaid there but conveyed with a Look. *LMAO* Otherwise, had they just shut up and not been Mean Girls, they were so "Basic" they would go unnoticed and be virtually invisible in Public, just sayin'.
If what they were about to say out loud and intentionally overheard wasn't an improvement over Silence, they should have kept it in their Heads and remained Silent, instead of sounding like a couple of Jealously Judgmental Ratchet Bitches. What they were buying was very "Basic" too, filler stuff, nothing that would make a Statement. *Yawn* Very predictable boring taste, or lack thereof, I can only imagine how Boring their Homes looked, if it looked anything like them, it would be underwhelming. Anyway, standing in front of them in Line to get checked out was just annoying, because they were annoying and so pretentious, like the Subdivision Hell Women always were, Gak! So I wanted them to just shut up... and was glad my Looking them Over made them finally Silent. *Winks*
Yes, I can be Ratchet like that too if someone just annoys the Hell out of me and comes across as a total Bitch or Male equivalent of one. *Ha ha ha* Normally I wouldn't be in close Orbit to that ilk, I don't run in those Circles... but in Lines you never know whose gonna be in close proximity that you have to endure for the wait. *Smiles* I prefer to have people in Line who are Interesting, Lovely, Sociable and not a pain in the Ass or clearly not Nice People. Oh, Funny Story, a very Elderly Lady at a Goodwill recently was being her Generation's equivalent of a Karen and carrying on something fierce, making a total Spectacle of herself. It's not like you weren't gonna stop and watch The Show, so everyone was! People behind her in Line were sighing heavily and annoyed as it was the only Register Open too!
She wanted her Senior Discount, but it wasn't Senior Discount Day... she wanted the Manager, poor Dear probably didn't even know where she was or what Day, Month or Year it even was? *Bwahahaha* I don't know how it got resolved since it went on so long I left, too much Drama and a Headache to stick around for, Bad Energy begets Bad Energy I've found. Next thing you know everyone is pissed off and a whole Situation unfolds. It must have been one of those days, since at Work that very Night, we had a group of Old School Romani Gypsies come in and they tried to run out of the Mall stealing shit, but got stopped by the Night Manager and he recovered most of the Stolen Goods! It was an Old Woman, her Daughter and Three very Young Grandkids. Even the Kids tried to boost Product!
I'd heard them speaking Romani and eluding they were going to put one over on the Gadji... ruh roh, I told my Two Co-Workers to just be vigilant. Neither of the Women wanted me to wait on them, they wanted my Co-Workers to. They kept evading me in fact. *Smiles* The Old Woman was wearing a Leopard Print Maxi Skirt and Bright Colored GUESS T-Shirt and Print Head Scarf, Bangles to the Eyeballs... she was definitely Old School Gypsy and quite the Vision. No way was she buying the expensive Jewelry she wanted to fondle out of them Cases! *LOL*
She wanted to look at all the most expensive Jewelry in the Cases and handle it all or reach into the Case! I felt bad for Judith trying to make sure nothing got Palmed and ripped off. The Daughter and Kids had on equally mismatched layered Clothing and were looking at Clothing, so I alerted Staff to pay attention to make sure no more layers ended up on them. I suspect some did, but, it would be hard to tell if they layered enough of it over their existing layers of totally mismatched Clothing. That's intentional by the way, when there's that much going on visually, it's difficult to discern what they weren't wearing when they came in!? *LOL*
So keep viewing Video Surveillance, especially of the Baby in the Stroller, which is where the Younger Woman was piling shit up. They wouldn't let you take anything up front and it was one of those Situations where if something Looks like a Duck, Walks like a Duck and Talks like a Duck, it's a Duck. I knew we had Problems so long as they remained in The Mall, one being a Distraction while the other one or the Kiddos boosted shit. Keeping your Eyes on a Crew rolling like that would be like herding Cats... they were heading in all directions and sections and we were quite busy since there were a lot of Customers in the Mall. Ideal conditions for Thieves.
Listen, I don't like it when anyone assumes all people of Gypsy Heritage are Thieves because that isn't True, but you do get the ones that are, just like every single ethnic group on the Planet. There are those that are dishonest in every Society and Culture. Sadly a lot of Honest Gypsies also get the bad stereotypical Rap perpetuated that has caused a lot of Non-Gypsies to not Trust any of them, which is unfortunate to get Labeled something you are not guilty of yourself. It is also why many people of Gypsy Heritage will not admit to their Heritage or deny it, since it often denies them employment and discriminates even where they might be Welcome to live or be tolerated in the least. They have always been a very marginalized, discriminated against, feared and judged Community.
But this Band was Bad News and I knew it, they knew I knew it, they were Smooth too and I'd guess newly Immigrated. A lot are being resettled here from Europe. The shakedown in the Parking Lot probably didn't recover everything. The Old Lady was shooting daggers at me via her Eyes and Vibe anytime I was close by... while my Friend Judith waited on her. Intentionally shot 'em right back at her, Touche' Babatie, I SEE you and how you're trying to run your Game on my Friends. *LOL* Anyway, at least we recovered some of what they went out the Doors with and tried to boost. After the Gangbangers of the other Week doing the same, it's getting exhausting how vigilant you have to be in order not to have the Thieves rip shit off in volume brazenly now! It just makes me both Mad and Sad.
Happy Autumn and a Happy Halloween to you all... Dawn... The Bohemian