I had a chance to take advantage of the rain and get some ski days in Tahoe. Sunday was particularly good with 15" of fresh snow. Riding the chair lifts with strangers can be enlightening as well since everyone is in a good mood when the skiing is good. I had three conversations with people who knew and liked B'game.
The first chat was with a guy about my age who grew up on Summit Drive and went to Hoover School, but had moved away after graduating from Mills. He had been back to visit recently and thought the town was looking pretty good. He was surprised to hear about the hubbub over reopening Hoover. He had the standard response I hear ("But it was already an elementary school before!"). He used to walk down one of the dead end streets (must have been Kenmar Way or Belvedere Ct.) and then take Hoover Trail into the school. Does anyone know if Hoover Trail is still there? He used to play at Spencer Lake in H'borough, too. Per the H'borough website, Spencer Lake is part of the town's Open Space but is not open to the public.
The second chat was with a woman who knew B'game and liked it for its charm and its airport access. She is one of the people from EssEff who park on our streets instead of paying for airport parking. I let that slide.
The last chat was with a guy from Tahoe City who loves B'game and would choose it and no where else if he had to move to the Bay Area. His wife comes to B'game regularly to go to "one of the swanky hair salons". That is not the first time I have heard that one from an out of towner and I guess we do pull in the well-high-heeled crowd for a trim. All-in-all we got three thumbs up from knowledgeable outsiders.