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Thursday Doors: Buck’s Restaurant

I have been too busy to post a Thursday Doors blog for a few weeks, but this week I really want to post these doors, from Buck’s of Woodside.

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:

. . . 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!

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature created by Norm 2.0 allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun! 

Thursday Doors: HP Garage

I play chamber music with a couple of different groups. One of them, whom I met through my daughter’s viola teacher last year, meets in one or the other of two nice historic houses in Palo Alto (either the violist’s or the cellist’s place). Google Maps informed me that this area of Palo Alto is also known as “Professorville,” and indeed both of them and/or their spouses have some connection to Stanford.  Continue reading Thursday Doors: HP Garage

Thursday Doors: Middle School

When we moved to CA in 2015, we had an 11th grader and a 7th grader. We looked for, and ultimately bought, a house in walking distance to the local high school because we figured we’d get six good years of walking to school at that location, 2 years for the older teen, 4 years for the younger once he got to high school. Continue reading Thursday Doors: Middle School

Thursday Doors: Mission Blue

On alternating Wednesdays, I drive up the Peninsula to teach a class at a middle school in Brisbane CA. Brisbane is a small town, pronounced Briz-bane (not “BRIZ-bin” like its namesake) just south of SFO airport. In spite of my having gone to graduate school at Stanford in the 1990s, I had never heard of it until I started teaching there this time around.

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Thursday Doors: Sunnyvale Fish

My 17-year-old daughter got her learner’s permit a few weeks ago. I had avoided thinking about it until absolutely necessary, but there’s quite a bit of parental teaching expected in CA: 50 hours of driving experience before she can take the drivers’ license test. This phase of my own teenage life was hard on my parents (and on their car repair budget), so I need to take it seriously now.

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Thursday Doors: More from San Francisco

The news is getting heavy this week, so I’m taking a little time out for some Thursday Doors in San Francisco. Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world, run by Norm 2.0.  Join in any time!

Even though I live in the Bay Area I don’t get to San Francisco very often. It is still more legend in my mind than reality. People around here call it “the city,” which I think is kinda funny given that San Jose is also a city and is much closer. Even Mountain View, where I live, is a city. Continue reading Thursday Doors: More from San Francisco