Sitting Inside at the Anaheim White House, about to order Stesk and Lobster.
Guess their clocks got sprung forward early.
I'm still in San Diego this evening. San Diego County is staying in the Purple Tier for now, but you can't tell. It seems more indoor restaurants and indoor bars are open here than even in OC, probably because of the Navy influence and the younger demographics who are ready to party and spend money.
Currently at GardenWalk. Surprisingly busy. Lots of folks walking around, enjoying life.
The pent up demand for entertainment in SoCal is huge. Most other states reopened their economies months and months ago, so their demand is normalized. This is going to be like V-J Day when it finally ends here in SoCal.
I asked a friend's son who is in the service what the regs are for dining in San Diego County for servicemen, and mentioned the three Marine officers I saw eating indoors in Carlsbad on my drive down. He said the USN told Sailors that they can't eat indoors or go to bars, but... it lasted for only a few weeks and the USN gave up on it. He wasn't sure what the USMC commanders may be doing at Pendleton, but obviously it's a California-only thing since all the other states with major military installations have reopened and servicemen can eat wherever they want off base.
Yet another example of how these wayward politicians have trained an entire generation of Americans to ignore them whenever they offer "Guidance" or "Mandates" or what have you. The politicians will wish they hadn't blown this opportunity when they really need the general public to obey them, but it's far too late now for Sacramento to put that genie back in its bottle.
It's nice seeing California reopen indoor dining. I think I've been able to eat inside a restaurant in my state since June or July of last year? I'm forgetting exactly when since it's been so long!
The story of Covid written in 2022 will be really interesting because of the stark differences between the way states handled it all, or even differences between large counties like here in SoCal.
Orange County won't police or enforce any of the Covid mandates from Sacramento, not even Newsom's Mandatory Statewide 10PM Curfew that every In-N-Out in the state made look impotent and pointless. But LA County has been in heavy police mode and in love with whatever Guidance or Mandate that Sacramento releases. Just this weekend there was a restaurant in Burbank trying to offer indoor dining, and LA County was threatening to shut off their water and power to force them to remain closed.