This week, a hand-written note in a pretty purple-striped envelope arrived in my mailbox from the "desk of Raul and Rosy," looking very much like a thank you note, or better yet, a party invitation.
Upon opening, the "friendly" inquiry went on to ask if Cliff and I would be interested in selling our income property on Echo (we're not), but as another darling house on the block had just come up for sale, I picked up my phone with the intention of passing it along to this sincere couple. (You never know where your next lead is coming from.)
It's August which is typically when The Perspective takes an overdue summer break. Besides with so many of you away on vacation, I have a feeling that readership drops dramatically. . . (Beuhler, Buehler, Buehler???)
But as I was running errands yesterday, I stopped in at Target in Emeryville, and ran smack dab into tons of kids and parents getting ready for the new term beginning in just a few weeks. Their baskets were full of pencils, paper, binders, highlighters, school clothes, and all of the "must haves" I bought my boys for years. Clearly, not everyone's in Tahoe; they're in line at Target!
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 14 years and has published more than 500 essays. She is also a frequent contributor to the Sound Off column in the Real Estate section of The San Francisco Chronicle.