Ian Pike noon, Dec. 8
Downtown on Broadway at the corner of 9th is a bus stop. It's a covered stop that is one very busy bus stop. Last week I changed my commuting plan so there I was late in the afternoon on Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday and Thursday standing just outside of the covered area waiting for my 923 bus as others were seated waiting for busses 2,7,15,30,50,150,210,901,923 and 992 to roll up.
It's quite impressive this activity of stop-n-go public transportation muscle heading west on Broadway . Standing there I peered south across the street and in front of me is a parking lot but not just any parking lot - a Five Star parking lot . Hey I guess if you are going to park your car go Five Star! (Note I am not a paid endorser of Five Star but with that nifty jingle I should be) Now just to the west of the parking lot on the corner is Wigs Plus . From a distance it appears open and do wonder a little about the business of wigs and plan on a visiting this emporium soon.
Across the street still on Broadway just to the east before you reach 10th Street are three businesses . From right to left ...Broadway Deli Market ...Chee Chee bar ...Hodads. You get all those coordinates? This is a very appealing trio since I am usually hungry and thirsty at this time of day but unfortunatley my desire to get home usually trumps any other desires I may have especially since I have only 15 minutes to wait before my 923 to OB rolls up .
But earlier in the week on Monday I did go into the Chee Chee admittedly with a teeny bit of trepidation . Not sure why since I use to have no qualms about entering any bar at any time . In fact less appealing always made it more appealing to me . And I am a true long time dive bar guy. Have been a regular over the years in more than one dive bar which is quite a feat in itself . Now that I have established my credentials as a dive bar patron and a drunk lets move on to further analysis.
Figure I am just getting a bit older ( and wiser ? ) and boo hoo also less fun. And I don't currently have health insurance either. From the outside there's no windows visible but the Chee Chee does have a neon sign which is kinda cool at night but since this was the middle of the day the effect was limited . So I entered the Chee Chee and sat at the bar . Bar stools have an immediate impression on me a very good one - I am at ease relaxed and comfortable sitting on a bar stool . Not fond of crowded places so a dive bar in the early afternoon is a perfect place for me generally populated with only a few people . Didn't count but probably 4 or 5 guys at the far left end of the bar . One gent to my right and one in the booth . Music was playing on an older juke . I decided on a regular Coors banquet beer not light version . Bartender guy served me my Coors and it was nice and cold. Don't normally drink Coors but it sounded appealing today and domestic bottles were $3 so the price fit my budget . I tipped him a buck.The bar is spartan even by dive bar standards . I was enjoying myself enough to play some tunes picked Amy Winehouse ( I didn't play Rehab ) and order a second Coors . Refreshing and satisfying... my beer and the Chee Chee experiance .
Next week going to get some food from either Hodads or Broadway Deli Market and eat at Chee Chee while I enjoy a few brews and listen to some tunes . Seems like a fine way to shed my work day skin before boarding the 923 to OB .
One last comment ... while waiting at the bus stop of course busses are stopping and going plus lots of cars stopping just in front of you since a traffic light is at the corner .The point being there's a fair amount of smells that no one is going to bottle and sell any time soon. On Monday a nice breeze was blowing about and the perfume of a women sitting on one of the benches near me kept visiting and it was a terrific scent . I could only think ...wow what a wonderful scent of a woman .The scent was intoxicating and resided in my brain most of the way home making for a great way to remember this portion of my day.