When Meters Matter began in 2005, water meters coming to Land Park seemed so far into the future. But 2017 is here and the city will begin installing water meters in the next couple of months. I thought about that as my husband and I walked to the Sunday Farmer’s Market under the W / X Freeway in Land Park. It was considered late by market produce, just after 11 AM, but still relatively early by our schedule. We tend to take it pretty slow and easy Sunday mornings, easing into the day.
Then, all of a sudden, the truck and fire engine from the Sacramento Fire Department on Broadway and 8th Street emerged, lights going. They both pulled around the corner on 8th Street and headed north, blaring. Well, it is Memorial Day Weekend. Beer, propane and matches don’t always mix.
“Isn’t this the day for Sunday Street on Broadway?” I nudged my husband as we were lying about yesterday morning reading the Sunday paper like old people do. What time does it start? Husband guesses: Oh, probably around noon. I check online at the Land Park Association, nope, it’s over at noon. Holy cow, we had to fly into high gear, get dressed and skedaddle.
It was hot already, in the 90’s, when we hit the intersection of Riverside and Broadway. The crowds must have been at the other end, toward Curtis Park, because it wasn’t as busy as we expected. A sign said the inaugural car-less event lasted until 1:00 PM. Kids skateboarded down the middle of the street. Bicyclists whizzed by. I felt odd walking on the sidewalk. Perhaps we should be in the street? Ah, but then we’d be in the direct sun.
Seemed fitting to check out brunch at the Jungle Bird on Sunday, especially since the Selland’s Market Cafe on Broadway is not open for brunch until the end of the month. Besides, I, loving all things Polynesian and being a natural island hopper, who really can’t get enough of tiki kitsch, have been meaning to stop by Jungle Bird. As much as they try, for me it just wasn’t tiki enough. Where are the bubbling waterfalls? Cries of seabirds? Sand? But it’s tiki enough for Sacramento.
There I was on Friday, minding my own business, tweaking a couple of my new listings in Zillow when the thought occurred to me it was May at Ella Dining Room and Bar, and I had not checked out the new menu. Usually, getting into Ella on a Friday night without a reservation is a bit tough, but in early spring, it’s still not too hot to sit outside, and most people leave the patio dining area after Happy Hour. The only thing that was left was to persuade my husband when he got home from work to go back out into traffic.
It’s a sorry state of affairs to say we’ve gotten to the point in this country that we have to fight for Net Neutrality. But there are many sorry state of affairs in the country, and this is only one of many horrible things that are happening. We’ve already lost our right to internet privacy when Trump overturned protections put in place by the Obama administration to restrict the right of internet service providers to collect and sell our personal information. Thanks to Trump, ISPs can now track you and sell your data without your permission. All in the name of increasing corporate profits.