Recently I drove down to Monterey Bay Aquarium. It had been a few years since the last time I visited and I enjoyed seeing familiar animals such as jellyfish, sea otters, sharks, sardines, anchovies and of course the kelp forest. Seeing my son interact with the animals made it even more special. What is your favorite day trip excursion?
Earlier this week we learned about a new bikeshare program that started up recently in Shadelands in Walnut Creek and the week before we learned that the bike company Peloton would be opening a shop in Broadway Plaza. It seems like biking is becoming more popular these days, both for exercise and commuting. Although I mostly run I still go biking a few times during summertime. Do you ride? For those that bikeshare, do you wear a helmet?
Are we turning into a cashless society? As paying via credit cards and more recently via phone apps like Apple and Google Pay, Venmo and other services becomes easier, there is less of a need to pay with cash. Yesterday we learned that the restaurant Tender Greens is going Cashless next week. You can pay the parking meter by credit card as well.
I find myself rarely needing to use cash these days. Do you use cash anymore? Is this a good thing?
Yesterday we learned that Pokeatery opened in Walnut Creek and one thing that caught my eye was the Dole whip float which sure looked delicious. As it gets hotter out I think that’ll be irresistible. The week before I was at Ghirardelli in San Francisco and saw just about the biggest smile one can see as my kid devoured a Coke chocolate ice cream float. What is your favorite dessert?
This may be the worst flu season in the Bay Area in a decade according to this SFGate article and it’s pretty awful elsewhere as well. I’ve been noticing quite a few acquaintances getting sick and thoughts about flu are never far from my mind. Besides getting the flu shot, which apparently isn’t all that effective this season, I’ve been using hand sanitizer and washing my hands more than usual. I still worry though. Are you worried about getting the flu?
In the Bay Area, urgent care centers, hospitals and doctors’ offices have seen a deluge of people with flu symptoms, including fever, body aches, fatigue, congestion and cough. Meanwhile, a few hospitals and pharmacies have reported running low on supplies of vaccine and antiviral medications, though the state said there are no shortages of any flu-related drugs.
When I read this New York Times article about the burgeoning popularity of raw water in the Bay Area and elsewhere I have to admit I smiled. Considering these people consider fluoride a “mind-control drug that has no benefit to our dental health”, as well as a “deathly toxic chemical”, is it any surprise they think raw water is the greatest?
Here is one more quote from a raw water proponent about filtering water:
“You’re going to get 99 percent of the bad stuff out,” he said. “But now you have dead water.”
He said “real water” should expire after a few months. His does. “It stays most fresh within one lunar cycle of delivery,” he said. “If it sits around too long, it’ll turn green. People don’t even realize that because all their water’s dead, so they never see it turn green.”
What do you think of drinking raw water? Is there any validity to it or is this playing with fire?
As 2017 comes to a close I’ve been thinking what kind of resolutions to set for the coming year. I’d like to eat healthier, cook more and workout more than I have. Easier said than done. What are your new year’s resolutions for the coming year?
The new tax plan that just passed the Republican Congress will mostly go into effect next month but there may be things that can be done before year-end to put people in a better position for next year. Do you plan on doing anything such as paying state/local/federal taxes in advance?
With today’s release of the eighth Star Wars installment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I feel like today’s question of the day should simply be, Star Wars or Star Trek? I’ve always been a Star Wars fan, Star Trek, not so much. Which series do you prefer?