Petaluma’s Leaky Water Infrastructure Blues


The water mains and lines in Petaluma are, shall we say, a bit long in the tooth.  On one street in our ‘Hood, the main blows about once a year and the section is replaced.

Last week the line feeding the water meter to the house next door started flooding the yard.  Fortunately it was noticed before too much water escaped and the Water Department fixed it in short order.

Tonight, a water main or the line from the main that feeds a fire hydrant blew at the house across from us. It was a big one–flooding the surrounding streets and pushing up the pavement in front of the home.  It was late in the evening and was not noticed until a homeowner next to the line came home and noticed a large volume of water in the streets.

To say that it attracted a lot of attention is an understatement. Don’t expect too much sleep tonight given the expected and necessary work that will be required to patch it.

A few photos may give you a sense of the scene…






“Thankfully, there’s Healdsburg”

Two different worlds, if you will, separated by mere inches on the sidewalk...

“Thankfully, there’s Healdsburg” proclaims the sign on the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce window

Healdsburg in Northern Sonoma County has changed with gentrification* and $400 a night hotel rooms; however, there are still a few places where one can get a nice lunch for less than a mortgage payment.

On a recent Friday afternoon there were the usual downtown crowds…

  • The sidewalk in front of the Healdsburg Bar & Grill patio was filled with people.
  • A Dickensian figure sitting on the public bench next to the sidewalk was holding a sign…“Poverty 2015”  

Given the tendency for readers to only look at the first image in a post, I first present an image to give you a sense of the scene…

Two different worlds, if you will, separated by mere inches on the sidewalk...

Two different worlds, if you will, separated by mere inches on the sidewalk…

 Photos in the slideshow below…


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*Further information on the changes in Healdsburg are reported in this recent San Francisco Chronicle article…How wealth is making Healdsburg a miniature San Francisco

Critical Legal Documents In A Flash…On A Flash(Drive)!!!

Flashcard on right. Business Card on left

So you are prudent and finally visit a lawyer to create or update your will, trust, or other critical documents such as powers of attorney, medical care directives, etc.

At the end of the process, you receive a collection of legal documents with instructions as to how and where to keep them…


If you used attorney Bridget Mackay, you now get something in addition to the paper documents…A white plastic card the size of a business card that is really a flash drive containing all of the documents in pdf format…

Flashcard on right. Business Card on left

Flashcard on right. Business Card on left

So where is the flash drive?

Well, if you press on the card. it pops open…


Trust me, there are times when it is VERY convenient to have these documents available on this easy-to-carry card when it becomes necessary to work with a financial institution or a medical facility.  You can leave the large folder of paper documents in your safe or safety deposit box.

Do You Know The Way To Jeju Way? If So, Have You Seen The Jeju Way Murals?

Of course, the questions posed in the title presume you already know where Jeju Way is situated. 

I certainly did not know until “discovering” Jeju Way…and its murals… last week.



Chances are you have walked this street and did not notice Jeju Way or the murals. I can certainly plead guilty to this personal failure.  But a few days ago I was in the area on one of my walks and the lighting caught my eye and…there they were…just beyond the stone fountain “sentry” I had photographed many times in the past…

4th St Santa Rosa

4th St Santa Rosa

Of course you know where this is…don’t you? :-)

The plaza/walkway beyond the fountain on Santa Rosa’s 4th St is Jeju Way.

Upon entering you will encounter this mural on the entire side of one building…

Sonoma Cownty Mural

Sonoma “Cownty” Mural

And if you look across the way…

Jeju City Mural

Jeju City Mural

The Jeju Way murals have been there for quite a few years and are in pristine condition. 

The lighting in the area was confusing, to say the least, and as a rank amateur, I was not equipped with lighting, shields, reflectors, etc. However, I hope I managed to capture enough decent shots to encourage you to visit the scene in Santa Rosa and take a look for yourself.

Below are two slideshows that attempt to show some of the detail of these very large works.

I’ve included additional information about Jeju Way, Jeju City and the murals at the end of the article below the slideshows.

 Sonoma “Cownty” Mural

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 Jeju City Mural

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  • Jeju City in South Korea and Santa Rosa, CA are sister cities
  • YouTube video link for the Sonoma “Cownty” Mural 
  • Article & Photo of Santa Rosa Way in Jeju City
  • I have no information as to who painted the Jeju City Mural in Santa Rosa
  • The names of the Sonoma “Cownty” Mural artists were included in one of the panels and are part of the slideshow
  • I could find no articles or information (Using Google or Bing) reporting on the creation of the Jeju Way murals…zip…nada. The little information I did retrieve was, as you can see from the links included here, from a Jeju City newspaper in South Korea
  • By the bye, Jeju City, Korea got a Snoopy from Santa Rosa

2015…Going Forward

I’ve been contemplating changes in how…and when…I publish and also trying to determine the future use of my two Blogs (The Petaluma Spectator and THE PETALUMA SPECTATOR PHOTO BLOG)

Initially I thought I would merge them or just delete one of them.

However, I have decided to dedicate the future use of the “Photo Blog” for submissions to the Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge.  In fact I have been trying it out for the last few months and think it is perfect for that purpose.


  • There will be no more direct e-mail announcements about posts to the “Photo Blog” as the traffic from participation in the  weekly photo challenge will keep me sufficiently occupied.
  • If you already subscribe to the photo blog or follow it, nothing will change.  You will get your notifications as before. Each weekly challenge post on the “Photo Blog” will also contain a link to the complete collection of WordPress weekly photo challenge posts from around the world.
  • Note that this not apply to this blog (The Petaluma Spectator) as it has its own set of followers and subscribers.

As to how I am going to utilize The Petaluma Spectator, has yet to be determined. Given the realities of small screen viewing I have already decided to forego future large galleries in favor of one to three photos a post.  These are easier to view on a tablet or phone.

Inspiration will save me, I’m sure  :-)