There’s nothing like a trip to the salon to cheer a girl up, even when it’s rainy and gloomy.
But nothing could be less gloomy than Angelika’s little salon in the big woods:
where it was warm, cozy, and light, with lavender scenting the air and towels warming on the heater. We spent a few hours together while she highlighted my hair. It was long overdue – consulting her bible, Angelika found that I had highlights done almost exactly a year ago to the day. So this must be the time of year that I feel like I need a little brightening up.
It was great to relax and talk. I am lucky to have a stylist who is also a good friend, and one who makes me feel happy inside and out.
A few days later, I met my friend Richard at Heritage House. Its claim to fame is being the location of the movie Same Time Next Year, starting Alan Alda at the time when he was a huge star in MASH*. It is a pretty place:
With beautiful views:
This time of year, you can sit outside and enjoy the view:
I was less than happy to discover that the happy hour wine cost was $12 a glass. I got one anyway, and when Richard joined me, he wisely ordered a gin and tonic for a much more modest $6. At our usual haunt, wine is $5 a glass during happy hour and they provide free nibbles as well. I have a feeling we will be returning to our regularly scheduled venue after this.
It was good to catch up with Richard. We used to work together at the jobette, and he basically travels for a living, being their sales director. He had just come back from a trip to Copenhagen, which he loved. He said that the average person there is doing well economically, not struggling to pay their basic living expenses like they are here. Healthcare and education, even university, is free. They get a minimum of 5 weeks paid vacation a year, fathers get 4 months paid paternity leave and mothers 9 months maternity leave. It sounds like a very civilized place.
Richard drove off in his Tesla and went one way while Wednesday and I went the other, home to my kitties, who are always happy to see me.
*I had a crush on him then. I still enjoy re-watching the show and I still find him crushworthy.
A YEAR AGO: Nearing the end of the mattress saga.
FIVE YEARS AGO: We lost a local hero. Ricky, you are still remembered and loved.
TEN YEARS AGO: Street – well, BART – style.