The Beyond the Creek blog has been online for over ten years posting about the latest happenings and daily life in much of the East Bay, east of the Caldecott. For most of that time, the community response has been mostly positive and understanding of other viewpoints that people may not agree with. Recently however, community input has devolved more and more into personal attacks and typical trolling behavior seen elsewhere.
With this in mind, I have posted a Community Standards page that goes over what is and is not expected of BtC commenters.
tl;dr don’t be a jerk.
Does this remind anyone of a beat up bass drum set? Spotted at the top of Mount Diablo, this is part of an antenna, not a drum set. 🥁
1350 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek
A high-end laundromat, Tons of Bubbles Laundromat, with locations in San Francisco, opened recently in downtown Walnut Creek.
From their website:
In all locations we offer the highest-end commercial grade machinery and the largest in the industry: Dexter and Speed Queen washers and dryers-Made in the USA for over 200 years combined. Deanna Caprini-Fusch is the Founder and President of Tons of Bubbles Laundromat, Inc. When she opened the doors to her first store in the Western Addition of SF, she knew at the age of only 22 that she wanted to set the standards high for laundromats.
Photo by Unsplash user lingerphotography
Despite a Contra Costa health order mandating indoor masking in most public places, including retail shops such as Target, I was surprised to recently see maskless people at the Walnut Creek Target. These weren’t masks hanging below their face people either, absolutely no masks. Considering the amount of employees milling about I was curious how these people could freely shop. So at the register I asked what the policy was and one employee told me they, despite the indoor mask order, can only suggest that people wear masks. That’s all.
The take away I came away with was that if you enjoy going maskless, Target is the place to shop at!
Are these tree mats in downtown Walnut Creek new? Weren’t these gravel until just recently? I believe these mats allow water to pass through. Very nice looking!
Several years ago, I posted about the Danger, Stay Out – Stay Alive sign across from Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek. Sad to see how dried up it is now. I remember geese swimming around there in the not so distant past. Hopefully, more water will come this rainy season.
I’m not sure whether this Kevin’s Noodle House Parking Only sign at their Walnut Creek location is meant to be serious or not, but I’m pretty sure if you were to park there and have it towed, it wouldn’t actually be sold for scrap. I guess that’s the point, not that it would actually be sold for scrap, but to scare people from parking there, so it make sense after all?
This photo of a “MASKS ARE RECOMMENDED (We’re staying up to date with CDC guidelines and our local mandates)” sign at a store in downtown Walnut Creek was taken just over the weekend and it’s already out of data as Contra Costa Health Services issued a mandate yesterday requiring mask wearing indoors. Although unfortunate, this makes more sense than their previous mandate “recommending” indoor mask wearing.
From the PR:
Vaccination continues to protect against severe COVID-19 illness, but with the COVID-19 Delta variant now infecting a small percentage of vaccinated people as well as many unvaccinated people, eight Bay Area health officers have issued health orders requiring masks indoors in public places.
The orders require all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings, with limited exceptions, starting at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3rd.
Vaccines remain the most powerful tool in the fight against COVID-19, including the Delta variant. Nonetheless, the Delta variant is infecting a small percentage of the vaccinated in the Bay Area — who still remain strongly protected against severe illness, hospitalization, and death. In those instances of infection in a vaccinated person, a face covering prevents further spread. Bay Area health officials urge all unvaccinated residents 12 and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Recently I found myself strolling in Lafayette on one of those hot days when I thought I was hallucinating because at the end of the street I spotted a big sign announcing RED ICE. Was this some special pop-up selling cherry or watermelon Italian ice I used to enjoy back on the East Coast? Nah, just a Reduce Speed sign. Oh well. 🍧🍧🍧