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Tom and I settled into our weekday routine, more or less.
After dropping the girls at school we’d head to downtown Manhattan Beach.
Since parking a car in downtown Manhattan Beach was an event in and of itself,
Our next stop was usually Ralph’s, my favorite of favorite supermarkets because of all the beautiful palm trees in the parking lot.
Mandy's is a little local eatery that Tom and I discovered years ago and that our grand daughters considered "our place" to take them for breakfast or lunch whenever we visited.
After further discussion - and begging - we decided that we would go to Mandy's; if the place was just a little crowded we would order take-out; if it was very crowded we wouldn't go inside at all.
As it turned out, when we arrived - it was about 1 pm on a Friday afternoon - the place was empty,
The staff remembered us from previous visits and were as glad to see us as we were to see them.