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If You Aren't on the Red Carpet, You're Probably at Trader Joe's

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What were we thinking? Just a quick jaunt to our neighborhood Trader Joe's to grab some nibbly things and vino and appetizers (and, okay, some stuff to brown bag for work lunches this week) and we'd be in and out in plenty of time to catch the Red Carpet Arrival brouhaha on any of a handful of channels. Of course, everyone and their mother--like the gal and her mother we kept bumping into around every corner and then stood behind in line--had the exact same idea. Lines snaked from the registers back past the baked goods and clogged the access to the sample stand, they ran down both sides of the frozen foods section, and a couple zig-zagged past the produce.

One cashier echoed our sentiments: "I've never seen it this busy before!" Not even during Chrismukkah, we said to our shopping companion, concurring.

From across the room a checker issued a joking battle cry: "What? The Oscars start at four o'clock, you say?" A smattering of laughter broke out near the front of the lines.

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"Only in Los Angeles," we said with a grin. We overheard one poor soul tell her checker she'd just popped in to get some stuff for tomorrow's breakfast, and was stunned at the crowds. Turned out, she had no idea the Oscars were even on. We suppose not even at the end of awards season can we think of our fair city as an island.

We stocked up on Oscar watching goodies. On our menu: Wheat crisps and Sesame Melba rounds with goat cheese or brie, crabcakes with papaya salsa, garlic fries, Oriental crackers, white cheddar popcorn, apricot and raspberry shortbread cookies, figments (bite sized chocolate covered black mission figs), and Opera cake. Let the celebration begin!

This evening's telecast chez nous is fully brought to us by the fine folks at Trader Joe's, with a toast of affordable wine forthcoming in appreciation to the hard working, patient, and exceptionally efficient folks who work at the Toluca Lake store--they got us out of there in record time, and with smiles all the way.