Spotted at Ming Quong in downtown Walnut Creek:
Last month I made a Friday Question of the Day post asking whether you supported a ban on plastic bags in Walnut Creek (pretty evenly split) due to an impending vote in the Walnut Creek City Council and they have now voted for “banning single-use carryout plastic bags at all restaurants and retail stores, including supermarkets and pharmacies.” according to the Contra Costa Times. The ban will take effect this fall, September for retail stores and December for restaurants and there will be some exemptions such as bags for, “meat, produce, dry-cleaned clothes, prepared foods and prescription medications”.
As someone who has relied on Walnut Creek Target plastic bags to use for trash bags at home I guess I’ll just have to buy plastic bags in bulk at where else, Target, and remember to always bring my own bags for shopping as well. Just remember when grocery shopping to use cloth bags and wash them in a washing machine to remove germs as recycled bags can harbor some dangerous germs.
Spotted in downtown Walnut Creek across from Macy’s, the warning says, “DANGER, STAY OUT – STAY ALIVE” which always reminds me of the warning messages at Yosemite at the top of the waterfalls that state, “if you go over the fall, you will die”. Presumably the warning here is not referring to the little man-made waterfall at right, but rather the steep drop at left.
I’ve driven by here many times and finally decided to stop for a photo.
The Lafayette Hillside Memorial is a collection of crosses, accompanied by a large sign, in Lafayette, California. The crosses are intended to serve as a memorial for United States soldiers killed in the Iraq War, with the sign containing a running total of the death count. The monument began to raise controversy in November 2006.
I wonder if the focus will ever change to those killed in all wars as opposed to just the Iraq war?
Photo by Flickr user meddygarnet
Over the weekend I pulled into the new Arco gas station in Moraga to fill up. As I popped the gas tank cover I looked over directly across from me and see two guys standing next to their car smoking cigarettes right near the pump. Based on their demeanor I felt uncomfortable even looking at them so I did a long loop around them to get to the machine to pay. Then I walked back the same way and peeked at them again before selecting the grade and saw they were still smoking. Finally, I started pumping and waited far back from the pump. While pumping I envisioned one of the guys flicking his still smoldering cigarette butt in my direction engulfing me and the gas station in flames.
In my mind smoking and gas stations don’t mix but is it really a big deal? Should I have taken off immediately after seeing this or is the danger overblown? I don’t think it would have been a good idea to go up to them to inform them that smoking is not permitted near gas pumps unless I wanted to get hurt so that’s out of the question.
I think Moraga Commons Park may be the future birthplace of water volleyball. Summer Olympics 2052? Only time will tell…
Next month the Walnut Creek City Council will consider banning plastic bags at retailers and groceries in Walnut Creek:
The City of Walnut Creek is considering an ordinance to prohibit the distribution of singleuse carryout bags in all retailers (except restaurants and non-profit charitable thrift stores). Under the ordinance, all grocery and retail stores in Walnut Creek would no longer provide single-use carryout plastic bags. Stores may sell paper bags for a minimum of 10 cents for each bag. Protective plastic or paper bags, without handles, for items such as meat, fresh produce, dry-cleaned clothes and prescription medications will be allowed. Consumers will have the option to bring their own reusable bags or pay for recycled paper bags. The City Council will consider the proposed ordinance as early as March 2014. Click here to view a draft of the propsed ordinance.
Do you support this ban to support the environment or do you feel it’s too inconvenient while shopping? One time I was shopping in San Francisco and after I bought something they asked me if I want a bag, I said yes, and when I checked the receipt I saw a charge for 10 cents. I thought that was a bit odd that they didn’t inform me of the charge ahead of time but I imagine they assumed everyone knew about the charge. Another time I ordered quite a bit of food at the Ferry building in San Francisco and again they asked me if I wanted a bag and I refused, knowing there would be a charge. So when the time came to pick up the food I was precariously balancing multiple drinks and hot dogs when the cashier took pity on me and told me I could have a bag which I appreciated.
With that being said, do you support a ban on plastic bags in Walnut Creek?
Photo by Flickr user pinguino
With the Superbowl coming up this Sunday (Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos) I wonder what is the best bar to watch the big game. Where are you going to watch? I noticed the new restaurant Kanishka’s in downtown Walnut Creek is hosting a Superbowl ‘tailgate’ event at 10:30am on Sunday.