Daily Life

Rinehart’s Gelato Clock in Downtown Walnut Creek


A few years ago I posted about the iconic Rinehart’s jewelry clock in downtown Walnut Creek from 1947 and recently noticed a subtle change with the JEWELRY text switched to GELATO. Note that the clock is directly in front of Honey Berry which just so happens offers gelato for sale.

December, 2011:


Pet Peeve of the Day – Secret Ice Cream Sizes


Over the weekend I stopped by Gelateria Naia in downtown Walnut Creek for a quick cone (I prefer their dark chocolate sorbet lately). I ordered my usual, a small, one scoop “bambino” sized sugar cone. It’s the perfect size for me. What irks me is that this size is nowhere to be seen on the menu. People in line with me had no idea about this size and happily ordered a bambino as well. The same with Smitten Ice Cream in Lafayette, no child sizes on the menu although they exist if you ask. On the other hand Lottie’s Creamery, also in downtown Walnut Creek, has a one scoop option on their menu. How hard is that?

New Color Scheme for Garbage Containers coming to East Bay by July


Many East Bay neighborhoods have garbage containers like in the above photo. Green for compost, brown for recycle, and blue for garbage. Considering that indoor office recycling bins are blue, Republic Services decided to switch bin colors to match the standards used around the country. The new color scheme will be:

black/gray = garbage, blue = recycle, green = compost

Residents in Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Danville, Alamo, and Blackhawk should expect new containers by late March between April and July.



When Lane A is Full…


Use Lane B? This may one of the most confusing parking signs I have ever seen. This parking lot is located next to the Lafayette library and if this were a parking sign it would be baffling but it’s actually a shopping sign for the little take-out espresso stand in the middle of the parking lot. Makes more sense now…