This week we learned that Baygreens Gourmet Salads is coming to downtown Walnut Creek and Lettuce is expanding a few blocks away. A couple of years ago Veggie Grill opened up nearby. What is your favorite vegetarian restaurant?
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The other night I stopped by CVS to pick up something and while waiting in line I noticed a middle-aged man with a big bag of potato chips and a six pack of beer waiting in front of me. As someone who has experienced digestive issues I imagined him eating this when he got back home and cringed. Then I noticed he also was buying a big tub of TUMS and I felt really bad since I think eating TUMS may be masking issues he may be going through which may lead to serious consequences. When he then reached for a bag of M&Ms at the counter… Of course he may have bought this to share with his family throughout the week, who knows? It made me wonder what unhealthy habits I could work on. Like getting off my butt and walking around more instead of sitting in front of my desk all day at work.
What unhealthy habits do you have?
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With the brutally hot weather we’ve been having the past few days it seems like it would be worthwhile to have air conditioning. On the other hand it does cool down quite a bit at night and the heat waves seem to only last a few weeks through the summer. Compared to growing up on the east coast where humid summers were the norm with no let up at night maybe having air conditioning here is overkill. Do you have air conditioning or are planning to get one in the future?
I recently started using an auto-reloading Clipper card to ride BART instead of a paper pass and have been very happy with it. I can even leave it in my wallet when passing through the turnstiles. I can’t believe I waited this long to get one. Do you use Clipper? Are there any drawbacks?
Summer is my favorite season. It’s great to be able to stroll around in sandals and shorts with the warm sun beating down from above. (As long as it’s not too hot!) Now that summer is wrapping up, I reflect on all the fun things I did this time around as well as summers past. Hiking the Mist Trail in Yosemite was a highlight this time. What is your favorite summer memory?
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I always knew that homelessness on the streets of San Francisco and the Bay Area is fairly prevalent but I have recently been going to San Francisco more often and as I walk from Powell to Embarcadero and elsewhere I have never seen so many homeless people in my life. Usually I walk by with no issues but occasionally I feel the need to stay clear for safety. I can only imagine what goes through the minds of tourists as they stroll downtown. I don’t encounter this when I walk through New York. Do you think homelessness is increasing in the Bay Area?
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I work from home but recently I’ve been driving or taking BART to San Francisco and other cities through the tunnel and can’t believe the traffic coming east bound in the afternoon. It really crawls even with the fourth bore. Where do you work? Is traffic or public transit becoming worse these days or is this typical?
This week we learned that after being in downtown Walnut Creek for over 20 years, Lark Creek closed for good. That got me thinking about the old-school restaurants in the area. Downtown Walnut Creek still has Prima, Lafayette has Postino. I asked this question over five years ago but I think it’s appropriate to ask again; what’s your favorite old-school restaurant?
This week we learned about a handcrafted American-made goods shop opening in Broadway Plaza called Makers Market. That has me wondering what people make around here as a side business or hobby. I recently signed up at a makerspace called Techshop in San Francisco and have been busy learning and using laser cutters, 3D printers, wood and metal working machines and even welding. What do you make?
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As I walk around neighborhoods I notice more and more houses, buildings, schools etc have solar panels appearing on roofs. Seems like a good match for the great California sunshine we get as long it’s not shady. Do you have or are planning to get solar panels for your home? If you have solar panels would you do anything differently?