This post continues our “Catching up with the San Francisco Bay Area” trip reports.
We wrote about Mountain View in the Savvy Cellars post. Rich discovered during the offsite that one of his coworkers (and a former coworker of mine) lives within walking distance of Savvy. As you may also recall from that post, Mountain VIew is where Rich lived when he arrived in the Bay Area fresh out of college.
So yesterday morning we drove to downtown Mountain View to get our flu shots at Kaiser. We hadn’t been to this facility before but it was very quiet and it didn’t take long at all. And they let us do it as a couple.
Contrast that with last year in Oregon. We lived within walking distance of Kaiser there and one Saturday morning we got in line with most of our neighbors it seemed (grin). The group was friendly – one thing we love about Oregon – and there’s just an overall feeling of community and neighborliness there. It’s such a contrast to what seems like the impersonal Bay Area – we’re reminded why we moved to Oregon in the first place. It seems each place we return to, we’re reminded why we lived there and why we left.
Anyway, we parked easily on Castro Street and walked to Kaiser. It was a gorgeous morning – sunshine, cool, fresh air – it was simply glorious. It’s one of those moments when you wish you could make it work and live here – no wonder so many do – but it’s all about the lifestyle for us and the Bay Area can’t provide it.
To reward ourselves, we stopped off at Krispy Kreme – one of the few in the Bay Area and the closest to where we live. We noticed a Halloween variation of one of our favorites – creme-filled chocolate glazed donut – had a spider web added to it. We brought home a dozen.
Krispy Kreme is one of those rare treats. Something about Krispy Kreme seems to just land on your hips proving that all calories are not equal. But every now and then, you just gotta have one or two or three or four… I’m looking forward to having a couple at breakfast and coffee this morning…
A mother and son enjoying their special treat smiled when they saw our purchase. “You got the Spidy, right?” the mother said. We nodded and laughed.
Overall, it was a very delightful morning in Mountain View, a rare moment that took us back in time to what it must have been like in the 50s/60. For more information about Mountain View’s history, see this timeline.