After that, a stroll up and down the downtown's outdoor pedestrian mall (several blocks of 8th Avenue), noting that just about everything along there seems to be a restaurant & bar of some kind now, rather than the original collection of neat little independent shops ... just how many eating establishments can one downtown support anyway? Especially when that whole area is dead on Saturdays and Sundays? Paid a farewell visit to the local branch of McNally Robinson, which will be closing its doors at the end of July (not for financial reasons , as store and company both doing extremely well ... industry rumour is that they were offered a too-obscene-to-refuse price for their building by some developer). And then hopped a train home, figuring that catching the 3:50 p.m. would put me just ahead of daily commuters (train was packed anyway ... oh well)
And now I want ice cream (or sherbet or something frozen and sweet) and have nothing of the kind in the freezer ... so off to the grocery store we go!