After much (futile) resistance…finally…a SMARTPHONE

While I am not entirely sure about the “Smart” portion of the name, we finally added a piece of the 21st Century to our repertoire of devices and toys…courtesy of Sprint…

Smart? Phone?

Smart? Phone?

After struggling up the learning curve a few inches, we finally managed a video phone conversation with my wife’s cousin in Illinois.  To be honest, it was a real hoot. Will be attempting it again with my mother in law next week.

Getting used to finger swipes, etc., takes some doing for “mouse oriented” people like us.  To be perfectly honest, using a stylus is much more accurate for us than our ancient fingers.  Frankly, we don’t understand how people can manage it while driving or walking across the street.  They must have more agile fingers than we do.  By comparison, I use a blunted toothpick to operate my Mp3 players.

On balance, we are getting use to it.

I intend, however to keep my Dumb Flip Phone 🙂

The Corner of Main & Washington…

…or what is now known as Petaluma Blvd & East Washington…

The long standing bank building at 199 Petaluma Blvd N (now known as the Seed Bank) resides on the corner of this intersection.  An imposing structure, to say the least.

Finally, after many walks over the years, I finally noticed something on the sidewalk at this corner of Petaluma Blvd and Washington—street names and a compass symbol embedded as metal inlays in the cement.

The corner was once known as Main & Washington and is memorialized in the sidewalk inlays in front of the building. As to when they were installed and by whom, I was not able to determine and will leave that task to more competent people. This post is merely a brief documentary of the inlays as they exist today.

They are easy to miss and are frequently obscured by the sun and/or shadows…

Corner of Petaluma Blvd & East Washington

Corner of Petaluma Blvd & East Washington

Can’t see them? Look again…in a different light…

Hidden In the Shadows

Partially Hidden In the Shadows

It required several visits at different times of the day to finally get an image of the entire array…

Main & Washington

Main & Washington

The three inlays…

Washhington

Washington

Main Street

Main Street

North is that away?

North is thataway?

I could not resist checking out the accuracy of the compass inlay… 🙂

Reasonably Accurate

Reasonably Accurate