We got on the road before 10AM, but it was already unbearably hot in our area. We'd agreed to go to a part of the Greater Los Angeles Area that would be cooler, but going to the beach (any beach) wasn't in the cards. We knew how bad parking would be.
So, we decided to try out a place that we knew existed, but hadn't seen yet: Mysterious Galaxy independent bookstore. The original store is in San Diego, and we've been there occasionally, but this last year or a bit less, they've opened another one in Redondo Beach. So, a pilgrimage was made. Books were purchased (especially, in my case, books that in the past I would have found in a trice at Borders, but B&N will only special order), and we had a nice time there. We even found bookplates signed by David Brin for free! There's an attached snack place, and we hydrated there, as well.
We then contacted Chaim and Suzanne, drove up to their place, and went out for a late lunch to Factor's, which I'd never tried before. We chatted, ate, and then took a drive with them over to Surfas, where we got a few items for the kitchen. Nice time all around.
En route home I got a panicked call from my mother. Apparently, a tornado touched down in Perris, but she only heard that it was near I-15, and she thought it was close to our home. I reassured her, and we got home safely.
After a nap (when I should have been reading Dracula, but clearly my brain was avoiding homework), I put on the Closing Ceremonies for the London Olympics. I admit to being an Olympic junkie, but I also admit that I'm replete for the time being. I can wait two years for the Winter Games in Russia.