I’m in a writers’ critique group that meets roughly once a month, and a couple of months ago I had a story to read from one of the members who writes thrillers. The draft of his book had a scene that took place in Buck’s. One of the killers, posing as an insurance investigator, is talking to a witness for information, and he decides to meet the witness at the restaurant. From this introduction to the place I had a somewhat sinister impression, but that was dispelled by our visit.
A few weeks ago we went out to see the California wildflower “superbloom”. While we had a nice hike, I think we must have missed the bloom by a week or two. Afterwards we first thought we would visit Alice’s Restaurant, another venerable California institution not far from the wildflower preserve, where “you can get anything you want.” It had a long wait, so we drove up the road to Buck’s instead.
Buck’s, the third in my series of Silicon Valley’s geekiest hotspots, is cluttered and overstuffed with all kinds of weird and wonderful knick knacks . And it’s a door bonanza. From the restroom doors:
The Men’s room
The Women’s room
. . . on to the back:
. . . there’s always another door around the corner. It’s hard to stand back far enough to get the whole thing with your phone camera.
And the food is good too!
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Last Sunday the UU church I joined in December, the UU Fellowship of Sunnyvale, held a service called the Our One Wild and Precious Life service. The title is inspired by the last lines of Mary Oliver’s poem, The Summer Day.
Back in Belmont MA, there were two houses right next to each other near a highway exit that went all out with decorations for Christmas. During the rest of the year one of them kind of looked like our house: a standard white colonial with black shutters and a red door. But a few days after Thanksgiving it started, and continued into January: trees, snowflakes, and blinking lights, framing the door and welcoming Christmas visitors.
This week’s Thursday Doors post shows more photos from our Thanksgiving trip to Southern California. We were on the beach and at a buffet dinner, but we were also checking out some college campuses for our 17-year-old daughter next year. (This trip is also why I missed Thursday Doors entirely last week).
One of these campuses was Pitzer College, a small liberal arts school in Claremont. It is part of the Claremont consortium, which also includes Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Scripps, and Harvey Mudd. As a former East Coast girl, I had not heard of Pitzer until recently, when several college counselors recommended it to my daughter. My daughter is interested in small liberal arts schools, and this group of colleges seems to have the best of both worlds: a small liberal arts environment coupled with the ability to take courses and utilize resources at any of the five colleges in the consortium.
Pitzer has a strong emphasis on ecology, the environment, and sustainability. Here is a wall garden, right next to a door (yes, those plants are growing horizontally):
They also have an organic garden on campus, with a chicken coop:
And a bike repair and recycle shop:
And their students seem to have a healthy sense of self-expression, which you can see in the murals on campus:
I have to say, the most interesting thing about these doors at Pitzer is not the doors themselves, but what is above, below, next to, or behind them!
Over the Thanksgiving holiday we drove to southern California and looked at some college campuses with our 17-yo daughter. We also had Thanksgiving dinner at a nice buffet in the hotel where we were staying. The food was good and there was no cooking, cleanup, or leftovers –that’s my kind of holiday!