Yesterday we learned that the vegetarian restaurant The Lettuce Inn will be relocating within downtown Concord which got me thinking about my own meager vegetable intake. When I’m at a restaurant I try to convince myself to order a vegetarian dish. But then I see any number of meat dishes listed and I get an unbearable urge to order that instead, even if I know it will be less healthy. How can I convince myself to eat more veggies? Are you a vegetarian? If so, what made you become one? Health, environmental or something else?
Although Vitamin Shoppe closed in downtown Walnut Creek this spring, the multi billion dollar vitamin and nutritional supplement market is still booming. Do you take any vitamins/nutritional supplements or do you believe they have no effect? I take vitamin D and L. reuteri probiotics. I feel good but maybe it’s just a placebo effect?
Traffic in the Bay Area can get pretty insane during rush hour. I feel lucky these days that I don’t have to commute as I work from home but throughout the years I commuted around the Bay Area both by car and BART. How long is your commute? Do you car pool or take BART? Would you consider moving to be closer to work?
As I browse cute pet photos on reddit sometimes I feel like I should get a pet dog or cat but the time and financial commitment is not insignificant. I know my kids would love one but for now a fish will have to do. Which animal do you think makes the best pet?
Is the rate of store closings trending upward recently or is this just a combination of out with the old, in with the new? It looks like online shopping is having an impact but is this impact increasing lately or is it just that some companies are not able to adapt? What do you think about all these store closings going on?
Yesterday was the fifth Spare the Air day in the Bay Area and last month was the hottest ever month recorded in California. Wildfires are causing smoky conditions in the East Bay and elsewhere; Yosemite Valley and other parts of national parks are closed making it difficult to make travel plans. I try not to run on Spare the Air days but forgot about yesterday’s alert. Was that irresponsible on my part or is it no big deal? Do you take precautions on Spare the Air days?
On these Spare the Air days, we urge residents to cut back on any activities that cause pollution – such as driving, using oil-based paints, gasoline-powered lawn mowers, or household aerosol products like hair sprays. People who are sensitive to unhealthy air are advised to limit their time outdoors, particularly in the afternoon hours.
Every now and then I read about bicycle accidents; Just yesterday a bicyclist was killed on Reliez Valley Road in Lafayette after being hit by a big-rig truck. I mostly ride on trails without cars if possible although I have noticed more bike lanes out there. However, there are some roads without dedicated bicycle lanes, like winding Moraga Rd. between Lafayette and Moraga which seems rather nerve-racking.
How do you handle bicycle riding? Are there some streets you won’t ride on? Is riding on the street becoming more or less safe?
This week we learned that Apple will be opening in a new nearby downtown Walnut Creek location on July 28th. Considering it’s worth almost one trillion dollars with popular products like iPhones and more it’s not much of a surprise that they outgrew their previous location. As a longtime Windows user I’ve nevertheless come to appreciate my iPhone and iPad. I’m not sure this makes me an Apple fan but the quality is top notch albeit with a high price.
What Apple products do you own and do you consider yourself an Apple fan?