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Well, here I am at Zeno eating a veggie Quesadilla and sipping Kona w/soy after a very therapeutic shiatsu session at Pagoda.
Next thing I hear from the therapist, PAGODA IS CLOSING!!!! NEXT WEEK!!!
Apparently the owner of Urban Retreat who then opened Pagoda had some problems with the business partner or something like that. It makes me sad because so much beauty and effort was put into designing this spa. It seems so lame to be sad this about considering all the suffering in the world, but I guess you have to understand that when you work so hard all day and feel like curling up into a little corner after work and forgetting you are alive, nothing rejuvenates better than a massage like this! It has a lovely steam room. It has a little room off the the side for couples or bridal parties to have their own little private retreat. I was seriously thinking about renting this place out someday if and when I get hitched for all my girlfriends and me.
Well, perhaps someone else will take over the building and keep its gorgeous interiors intact. I almost feel like doing something dramatic like starting a picket line: "SAVE PAGODA!! SAVE PAGODA!!" (think: "SAVE THE CLOCK TOWER!!!")
The LMT also told me that there are rumors that the building is cursed. Many have tried to open businesses there (restaurants, etc) but soon went out business. Maybe that's just what happens when you try to take an old library building and make it into something it's not. Luckily the therapist, Charlie, hopes to open his own small wellness spa. I hope he does. He is a really great therapist!
Well, before I'm forced to log off (due to time limits), allow me to describe my quesadilla: Mozarella cheese, avacado, red onion, sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers, scrambled eggs, and tomato salsa. I tried my best not to eat the tortilla itself, but when it's soaked in all the yummy juices from the veggies and eggs, it's hard to resist.