Hi. I’m Walking Bob, and as I put together this 72nd Walking Bob blog entry, I need your help. In the past, readers have suggested things they’d like me to look into and write about, like the houses traveling down Third Street shown above. However, I need a new list of great ideas and what better source than the readers of Davis Life Magazine? I’ll tell you what I’ve written about, and you tell me what I’m missing and which people, businesses, events, or uniquely Davis activities need some attention. You might even win a gift certificate.
The people I’ve written about have been fascinating, and their stories have often become my most read articles. David Breaux’s simple requests of people to reflect on compassion was the most read article of 2010 and a follow-up story on his book on compassion was well-received. The sheer passion for life of Cathy Speck as she battles ALS was an honor to share and many are inspired by Cathy’s life. Two other special people I profiled were that unique gardener and beautifier of his little corner of the world, George, and the Spare Changer’s Lawson. I’ll bet that you know other uniquely Davis people that Davis Life readers will love getting to know.
Davis-based musicians like Rita Hosking, Dave Nachmanoff and Misner & Smith were a joy to hear and write about. I shared insights into bestselling author, John Lescroart, whose newest book just hit the stores, and authors Marti Childs and Jeff March, who write about the ongoing lives of musicians we loved in days gone by. I watched Hennessy Christophel and Sofia Lacin (shown here) create a mural of immense proportions on a water tank, then meet with a full house at the Pence Gallery and tell how they did it. Which talented local musicians, writer or artists need some attention in 2012?
Many of the businesses I’ve profiled have evolved because I valued the people who make those businesses work. I loved Rhonda and Tony Gruska’s great local food well before they opened Monticello Seasonal Cuisine. Steve and Jeff Wilkinson got my attention by being hands-on business owners who you’re just as likely to see bussing tables as acting like bosses at Original Steve’s. Janis and Terrence Lott meet their loyal customers’ needs at Newsbeat, and Alzada Knickerbocker finds ways to make an independent book store thrive at The Avid Reader. Michelle Borba’s clever emails and eclectic collections make the UCD Bargain Barn a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Mark West has made Rominger West a welcome site to share wonderful local wine, music, and food. Sinisa Novakovic makes Mishka’s and The Varsity a true dynamic duo on 2nd Street. I’m sure there are businesses, and business owners that some of our readers haven’t discovered yet. Tell me who they are.
Davis Life Magazine tries to make you aware of upcoming events, and I love to find things I can visit and then tell you about while you can still get out and see them. A friend with a classic car alerted me to the amazing cars and trucks at cruise nights at the Marketplace, and I first encountered “Let’s Draw Davis” sketch artist Pete Scully at a concert inside Armadillo Music. I walked the historic streets of Davis with Gerri Adler and followed cyclists on the many bicycle events that are uniquely Davis. What events have I missed?
I learned about Rita Hosking, on the right, through her sister, Sheri, and my friend, Gayna Lamb-Bang, sent me out to see the burrowing owls and the labyrinths of Davis. Now it’s your turn. To increase the chances that you’ll send me some great ideas for future articles, I’m going to seek out a few Davis area gift cards to share with the people who give me the best topics. You can simply add your comments to this article or send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org Help me decide what I’ll write about and photograph to share in Davis Life Magazine in 2012. How often do you get a chance to tell someone where to go?