And learned they're closing the Mira Mesa location.
There are three CG locations, the two in Escondido and San Diego/Clairemont will remain open. But the overhead costs (rent and paying bodies to man the stores) have gotten large, and sales have dropped over the past five years, so the owner feels he needs to trim his operation down. Worse, he's not offering Sara and Andrew (the SD/MM store staff) jobs at the remaining stores. I started buying comics there because it was the only store I knew of. Despite later finding a store here in Poway that's a lot closer, I kept going to CG because of the staff and the other customers.
The staff shares my bent sense of humor, and Sara's another Warren Ellis fan. While they sell CCGs and RPGs, they don't host games (the store's too small,) so there's no teen/pre-teen gamer crowd constantly hanging out. God knows I don't mind kids, but the group of regulars you meet on Wednesdays trends older and more mature, so it's no big deal when the topic and language of conversation goes beyond what's suitable for young ears. The sexual elements of some comics. The 6th grade teacher venting about her students. Anything Warren Ellis has ever written about. Can't talk like that in a store like the one in Poway. They're a neat group of people, and I'm going to miss them.
Speaking of the teacher... she's got a "good Christian boy with Aws-berger's Syndrome" in her class. "Isn't that called Asberger's?" "Yeah, but these are sixth graders. You know you'd never hear the end of it from your classmates if you had 'ASS-BURGER'S'!" Too true. They have a hard enough time with the "ASS-SYRIANS!" attacking the "BABE-A-LONIANS!"
This sucks. This is a little community going away, and two good people losing their jobs in the midst of it. Sara says she's going to do some writing, but still. This sucks.
Yeah, and my basketball team went and lost to Westview in their inaugural meeting tonight. Our attitude problems are fucking killing us.