Batteries Plus Bulbs? Really? But of Course!

When I first noticed Batteries Plus Bulbs  stores popping up in the North Bay I thought that it was a stupid idea. How can they survive selling batteries & bulbs?

Recently I was in search for another of those little silver coin style batteries–and followed the usual course of searching for them in battery racks in grocery and drug stores–you know, trying to read the numbers on the battery and then finding a matching replacement.

Last week I was in pursuit of a battery and could not find it.  To be sure I found a rack that had a place for the one I was looking for but it was empty.  So I thought, what the heck–I will walk around the corner to that stupid Batteries & Bulbs in Plaza North and search there…

I was genuinely amazed when I entered–It was quite a site and the service was immediate.

  • I did not have to search–just handed it off to one of the Technicians and she provided me with a replacement–at half the price it was in the store with the empty battery rack.
  • I looked around briefly and noted an incredible selection of batteries of all sizes and types as well as bulbs of every type and description–including car & truck batteries, which they also will install.

I almost felt like I was back in a RadioShack Store. Remember them?

As their web site says: “We are your one stop shop for Batteries, Light Bulbs & Repairs.”  Repairs include cell phones, laptops, and battery chargers.

I returned the next day with a rechargeable battery pack that needed replacement.  The technician found one but said she could make a better one with twice the storage capacity if I could wait a few minutes.   And so she did: Price $5.06–less than half of the official replacement battery but with twice the storage.

My visits were enlightening…In fact I got a real charge out of them. Going back in a few days to fulfill the rest of my battery needs!

While this post discusses the store in Petaluma, it is a national chain and there may be a store in your area. Heck,there is even one in Peoria, Ill !


Faces of Service–MLK Day 2018 in Petaluma

I invite everyone to take a silent moment to contemplate the employee volunteers (including family members in many cases) from Kaiser Permanente in Sonoma & Marin participating in this year’s MLK Day of Service at the Petaluma People Services Center and COTS Kids First Family Shelter.


Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) coordinated and supported their efforts–which is how I came to be there with cameras at the ready! In this post I include selected images I choose to call Faces of Service.


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For a complete set of photos documenting the day go to RTP SmugMug





Goodbye 2017! Now We Ascend to an Ersatz If Not Faux New Year…2018!

2017 was a year that brought the United States mass shootings, hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires on an unprecedented level.

In addition to these disasters there were three developments in 2017 that I predict will continue to ascend and take over in 2018…The Year Of The Total Faux!

(Signs and Scenes from Downtown Petaluma 2017)


The maturity of Faux News…appearing even on a garbage can on Petaluma’s Water Street….Expect it to become dominant in 2018.


Ersatz Money a.k.a. Cryptocurrency matured in 2017 and may expand in 2018….making money and banks antiques.  Consider this scene in Downtown Petaluma…

If you are willing to join the future money club see Missed the bitcoin boom? Five more baffling cryptocurrencies to blow your savings on

I, for one, will let others pursue this money trail.

III. The Post Literate World born on 2017 will expand in 2018…

Tweets, Texts, personal attacks, insults, slogans, etc., will continue to be the only necessary sources of information to be an informed citizen…

Leading finally to this by the end of 2018…


Rebuilding Together Petaluma October 2017 Workday!

The sun is out and the sky is blue! Rebuilding Together Petaluma’s regularly scheduled October workday went ahead today–as planned long before the recent firestorms. Briefly, Rebuilding Together “…strives to bring together volunteers and businesses to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners in Petaluma…a continual cycle of renewal, community building and civic engagement.”

I offer a few photos from the day!! Note many people are wearing masks because of the construction activity–not because of fire smoke–We’re past that…finally…for now….


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Firestorm…One Week Later

Given the somewhat improved air quality, I ventured out this morning to walk Petaluma’s Downtown…for the first time since the fires started. I only had my pocket camera as the larger gear is still packed in case we had to get out of here.  As of now it looks as if we are spared that but not relaxing our guard.

A few positive images from my perambulations…

This slogan is appearing all over Sonoma County…

I love the irony of this image from Putnam Plaza…

I call this image…”Hang in there, we’ll get through this!”

Pet Food Express…