Monday, May 09, 2005

Shopping Mission

The headline says "Safeway plan to be discussed". The discussion is concerned with rebuilding the Safeway store on El Camino Real in Menlo Park. According to Safeway officials, the nearby Allied Arts Guild is serving as an architectural guide for the project. The Burning Squirrel gives that idea the thumbs up.

The inspiration for the Allied Arts Guild comes from early California mission style buildings. In consideration of Safeway's location on the El Camino Real, we see no good reason to deny the obvious--the Father Junipero Serra Safeway.

First, Safeway would survey various California missions and meld together the best ideas each has to offer. Among these ideas is a central plaza usable for outdoor selling stalls populated by farmers and local fish mongers. Live chickens would provide an authentic touch. Next, saltillo tile flooring. Sure your grocery cart wheels would go haywire, instead we'll use big wheeled wooden carts to carry our purchases. The early missions were dim, but with modern candle making we could probably increase visability, plus, it'll be environmentally friendly. Proceeding to checkout we'll see the shrouded figures of monk/checkers. Getting your purchases to your car in the dusty parking lot would be courtesy of real live donkey's guided by various local day laborers. Mariachis complete the scene.


Anonymous bopa said...

That Burning Squirrel guy always makes me laugh out loud. Come on, Jay, you had to see that as a cartoon!

10:43 PM  
Anonymous Smoking Jay said...

ok, ok...but I see all the local news as a cartoon...too bad Bob can't draw

6:45 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Drawing and drawing funny are separate matters. Think of it as the Steve Curl / Wayne Stayskal continuum.

8:14 AM  
Anonymous Smoking Jay said...

On the Safeway "cartoon", you left out the Girl Scouts out front selling fish tacos...

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha ha ha!

3:12 PM  

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