Several months ago, I did something I had never done before.
It was a sad Friday. The family dog, Killer, had died the night before after being a part of the family for more than ten years and I was fairly certain I had a difficult decision to make in the relationship department. Since it was my day off and I didn’t really feel like staying home to wallow, I packed up some tissues and headed to California’s Shangri-La otherwise known as Ojai.
You might recognize the name of the town as the setting for the Emma Stone comedy Easy A. Yes, it’s a real place and I hadn’t been there since high school. It’s a quaint little town with locally run shops and few chain stores. With my bloodshot eyes carefully hidden behind sunglasses, I wandered the main drag, popping into stores that had artisan crafts and produce picked from nearby farms.