A quick observation.
You can buy liquor in the grocery store in California!
This is not new to anyone from, say, Missouri. Where I also was surprised every time I'd visit my parents and find a fully stocked liquor section.
But it never fails to surprise me.
We took advantage of the novelty by making sure that Rose had what she needed to offer us proper cocktails in the evening.
Ah, it can be very good to be Catholic!
Next, we meet an old friend, for the first time!