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 !

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Resolution for 2018?

I suggested in Goodbye 2017! Now We Ascend to an Ersatz If Not Faux New Year…2018! that 2017 has been a rough year…

Perhaps a little more Mistletoe is in order for 2018!

LETS MISTLETOE

Location: Water Street in Petaluma

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)

I. FAUX NEWS GARBAGE

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

II. CRYPTOCURRENCY

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…

 

Bodega Head…A Slippery Slope :-) ?

BODEGA HEAD

This is a familiar view to those who hike the trails in this area…

There is also a path of sorts down to the beach that I do not believe is authorized, but people nonetheless use it.  If you look carefully at the photo above you will see it as a thin line going down the cliff.

On past walks we have noticed people on the beach below; however, this time we watched as three adventurous souls descended the cliff using the “trail” in question. Note: Below the Gallery, in “Oops…Forgot The Camera”,  I have included photos that show how much of a trail there is not 🙂

GALLERY

“Going Down The Cliff”

After viewing the gallery, return to this page and scroll down to see “Oops…Forgot The Camera”

(Click any image to open) 

Oops…Forgot the camera!!

 

 

Are We…Islands In A Common Sea?

The slogan on this building artwork in Petaluma caught my eye…

As best I could, I researched and traced the origin of the phrase to Anne Morrow Lindberg…

“I feel we are all islands–in a common sea. We are all, in the last analysis, alone. When one is a stranger to oneself then one is estranged from others too. If one is out of touch with oneself, then one cannot touch others.” —Anne Morrow Lindbergh

While considering the meaning—not to mention the implications—of these words, the following image from Water St. keeps coming to mind…

A Victorian Sixties Era Ranch House?

I leave it to the reader as to how to best answer the question posed above. But first read the background below! 🙂

It was time to upgrade the exterior of our sixties era ranch house e.g., windows, paint, lights. But what color for the house? Fortunately, my wife, who has a much better eye for such things than I, took charge of the color selection.

After several trips to Peterson’s Paints to evaluate color options, computer modeling, etc., she selected colors frequently used on Victorian style homes–Exotic Purple & Eggplant. Simply White was selected as the trim color.   Purple was the main color except for one side wall in Eggplant. To put it all in perspective this work photo will better explain it…

Here is the result…

NOTE: As the light changes throughout the day, the Purple becomes Black and the Eggplant becomes Purple.  White remains…Simply  White.

BUT WAIT! THERE IS MORE! 🙂 

MAJOR MISSION CREEP!!

This project, like most, generated another idea. I mean if you are doing new windows and colors, you can’t just live with the old concrete steps to the front door!

A little research and consultation with Ohana Construction produced this solution…

 THANKS TO

  • Ohana Construction in Petaluma for making it all happen with their usual hard work above & beyond…not to mention their suggestions at several stages of the exterior renovation projects. They continue to live up to their reputation as the People’s Choice.

  • Peterson’s Paints for their help in evaluating and selecting colors, sheens, etc.
  • Friedman’s for their assistance on selecting outdoor lighting options from the overwhelming selection.