I am an avid people watcher. Always mesmerized, surprised, moved, shocked by what people say and do; I can not help it. Nothing beats real life for crazy, touching, frightening, tear provoking.
Today, Zephyr and I walked in McKinley Park. It swarmed with serious runners, huffing, panting, plugged in, tuned out, racing around the park in the metaphorical fast lane. There was soccer practice, tennis matches, a few strollers (most mommies and nannies walk on week days), but everyone moved with purpose, looking ahead, talking on phones, distracted, missing, what I thought, was a beautiful day. Zephyr stopped to smell every tree and bush. I sipped my coffee. It was all good.
We wandered through East Sacramento–capital E, the trendiest neighborhood to live in, populated with the next generation of preppy: upper class, mobile (imports from the Bay Area) and fashion forward. It’s like watching reality tv.
These are my two favorite moments overheard today:
At a yard sale, a Latina woman, who didn’t speak much English was asking about a pair of shorts.
The woman selling: “Those are $8.”
The buyer, shocked went to set them down.
Seller: “Well, I bought those at Abercrombie & Finch. They’re not USED. See the tags are still on them, and well, I gained a bit of weight…but they’re still NEW!”
The woman walked away. New or not, it’s a yard sale, lady. Ugly yellow shorts after Labor Day go for a dollar, maybe two. That’s why they’re for sale in September in your YARD.
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Back in the park, Zephyr stopped to attend to some business. Two women were sitting on a park bench near us and this is what one said, rather loudly:
“Oh! THAT’S why I don’t have a dog. The POOP. It’s disgusting.”
I turned around and looked straight at her. “Well, YOU poop TOO. I hope THAT hasn’t stopped someone from loving you.”
She looked aghast. A little poop is hardly worth mentioning for all the companionship Zephyr brings. 😉
As for yard sales, I picked up a genuine Louis Vuitton handbag for a dollar. I’d call that a successful morning.
P.S. After much research, the Louis Vuitton bag is a really good fake. Still, it was interesting research and I did only pay a dollar for it. The excitement in learning never ends in. 😉