Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
I heard that Lulu Lemon has men's apparel. As I wasn't feeling too confident about walking into a store with Lulu in the title, I grabbed a gal pal and headed over to La Jolla.
As we were wandering down Girard, we came upon the Athenaeum at the corner of Wall St.
"Hey, let's go check out what's up at The Athenaeum," I suggested. She seemed confused. "Haven't you ever been to the Athenaeum?"
"I haven't. What is it?"
"It's a music and art library. You have to be a member to check anything out but it's fun to just walk around and see what they have."
"So it's not part of the city library system?"
"I don't think so."
We walked in, took a left, then a right and arrived at the classical CD collection.
As we stood there, I admonished her. "Look at all of these recordings." --not the most brilliant thing I've said.
I pulled a random CD out of the stacks. "Check it out, it's Sibelius' 1st Symphony, we were just talking about that."
"Weird. What was the deal with him again?"
"Sibelius? His 1st Symphony could be considered Tchaikovsky's 7th, remember?"
We randomly pulled out more CD's and discussed their merits or lack thereof. Then we shuffled about looking at the current display of art which I found mesmerizing.
My friend was both impressed and chagrined. "I grew up in La Jolla and this is the first time I've been here? This place is amazing. How many people know about this?"
For those who don't know, The Athenaeum is one of San Diego's most active cultural centers. There are year around programs for music and art along with the gallery exhibits.
For more information on The Athenaeum, visit http://www.ljathenaeum.org/home.html