Davis, CA: Last weekend we had another sketchcrawl at the Davis Farmers Market. It's always a good place to sketch. Located in Central Park, it's the centre of our town's life on a Saturday morning, a bustling colourful meeting place where the local people come together.
As I was sketching the place above, which serves as the information centre for the market, as well as a great place to buy baskets, a woman behind me was on the phone giving very loud directions to a friend who was supposed to be meeting her there. "I'm at the Market. Corner of 3rd and C. Near the Hotdogger. By the Basket Shop. There are Musicians. Near the Indian Food Stall. At the Basket Shop. Yes Near the Entrance. By the Benches. Next to the Basket Shop." etc. When finally she put the phone down, she had to repeat the entire exchange to her husband, who presumably had learned to zone it all out. "I told her, I said meet me at the Market. Corner of 3rd and C. Near the Hotdogger. By the Basket Shop. There are Musicians. The Basket Shop, I told her." And so on. Finally her friend arrived, looking ever so lost despite the clear and well-drilled directions, but they were so excited to see each other, that the lady once again said, "Yes well I told you to meet me here, Corner of 3rd and C. Near the Hotdogger. By the Basket Shop. There are Musicians. And Baskets, and Indian Food," etc etc. You see, it's great to come to the market and take in all the sights and sounds of everyday folks' conversation.
by Pete Scully