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22 May 2018 @ 07:57 pm
Overheard at the Home Depot garden department...  
"Look with your eyes, not with your hands."

I don't think I've ever said that to our kids, but at least one of them probably deserved to hear it. ;)

We went out to dinner Saturday night, and in the parking lot I saw something weird enough to investigate. A pair of large cat heads was staring at us from inside a car:

These are pillows that hook over the front seat headrests, to fill the gap in the sharp angle between the seat and where the headrest touches the back of your head. Maybe you're thinking, "Well of course, everyone knows that's a thing." It's news to me! And given the problem I have with the torturous modern headrest designs, those pillows are very tempting. ;)

Sunday, we went on a short trip to a neat place mentioned recently in the local paper: Baker's Street West. This is the upstairs of the large Hein & Company Bookstore, remodeled to celebrate all things Sherlock. It was terrific! There are mystery plays hosted there on occasion, and the 221B exhibit was really neat.

The bookstore itself has a lot of neat antiques as decorations among its various sections, as well as a spiral tower of books, and two store cats. :)

Next week: all the gardening and paperwork that did not get done this past weekend. :O

bleodsweanbleodswean on May 23rd, 2018 02:32 pm (UTC)
I love Jackson, that entire area, actually. There's supposed to be a "odd" collectibles store there but I have not been able to find it. Alas. Cat heads. I have no idea what that is. I was one of those parents who said that ALOT! Especially to the boy small. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 23rd, 2018 05:57 pm (UTC)
We wasted about an hour taking a wrong turn (after a gas station stop), and then going back and forth through Jackson trying to find the place before we caught the sign for Main Street-- which was not Highway 49 as it is in Sutter Creek, but a fork off into the old town. But once we found that street, the store was right there. And memories of previous trips all came back.

I know there is a store at past the end of the street on the left, and one that is down some stairs into a basement in that same area. Maybe there?

The problem of "looking with the hands" was our daughter more than our son, which is probably atypical. There were many years where you could trace her path through the house by things lying around that were in the wrong part of the house. She'd pick them up, wander around while feeling them, and then put them down in favor of something else. ;)
passing_through: books hairpassing_through on May 24th, 2018 01:48 am (UTC)
I'm very tactile and when I shop I'm constantly touching and picking things up to look at them. Have you seen the pillows with the sequins where you run your hand across them and they flip over to reveal a different color then you rub them in the opposite direction and they back to the original color? I will stand in a store and rub my hands over those pillows until someone tells me to stop. It's like an addiction :D

I didn't know they put cat pillows on car seats. I've never seen that before. My van is so old and plain that the headrest is built into the seat so it's all one piece. That's extremely comfortable because there's nothing to adjust or angle. You just lean your head back.

Baker's Street West sounds delightful and a great way to spend an afternoon.

When my brother travels, the first place he seeks out is the local bookstore.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 24th, 2018 05:39 am (UTC)
I can be kind of tactile, too, but I don't break things! Our daughter used to have the problem of wanting to pick up and touch things, and sometimes destroyed them. :O

There are other pillows you can put on the back of your seat (dogs, bones, etc.), but while they advertise them as being comfortable, the main purpose seems to be to fill in that awkward headrest space. I dread when we have to sell the 4-Runner (now 23 years old!). It has the old-style seats, where the headrests go straight up and are lightly padded, and the car seats don't slant backwards and then haev the headrest slant forwards. Those things just destroy my back!

I've seen Internet threads where people talk about trying to turn detachable headrests around, to remove that awful angle, but typically they won't go back in the wrong way. :(

I have such love for bookstores! Our trips to Portland almost always involve going to Powell's, and in SF, "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place For Books" was always a favorite. But this place? So much more. :D