The Other Side of 50

It’s a good day to be in Suisun City

By From page OSF2 | February 13, 2014

A recent week was a good week for me. This column is mainly a little of this and a little of that about happenings in Suisun City.

You may recall that some of my “walk friends” told me they had seen otters swimming in McCoy Creek. That was six months ago. Every day since then I have stopped on the bike path bridge over McCoy Creek at Highway 12. I have looked for otters in vain. Then, I saw them. Two otters swimming upstream. The tide was in so there was plenty of water. The viewing lasted only about a minute, but seeing them was worth the six months of looking.

By the way, Suisun is doing a great job of landscaping along McCoy Creek. There are new plantings, mulch and a drip irrigation system. A little at a time, but it’s looking good.

I am lucky to have talented and motivated friends. That same Friday, I was interviewed about Tools of Learning for Children for a new video produced at Vallejo Community Access Television. The producer was my talented almost-daughter Cathy Ritch. That was at 3 p.m. Friday. I had made an appointment with Mike and Sandi Hudson at Hudson Business Network to complete the update of the Tools of Learning for Children website at their office in Suisun.

Marilyn Manfredi was the video hostess. The video will be shown on the Comcast network and AT&T Channel 99 for a period of 13 weeks. Comcast provides service to Solano County. Channel 99 reaches from Sacramento to San Francisco.

We had arranged an after-meeting dinner with Marilyn’s husband Rudy. We finished the video shoot early and had about an hour on our hands before our appointment with Mike and Sandi so we stopped at my walk midpoint, at the McDonald’s in the Sunset Shopping Center, for a senior coffee.

As we relaxed there, Marilyn looked around and remarked that it was the cleanest restaurant she had been in. I agreed with her. I have watched employees working constantly to keep it really clean. It’s one of the reasons I go there. Things like that don’t happen by accident. It has to be policy of the Yin McDonald’s Company.

The meeting with the Hudson Business Network folks, Mike and Sandi, went very well. Tools will get what it needs, when it is needed. Thanks, Mike and Sandi.

We finished earlier than expected there, too. Our dinner appointment was at the Main Street Bar and Grill in Suisun. It was Restaurant Week, so we claimed our table early and relaxed while we waited for Rudy. He is an on-time guy. It’s a good thing we had a reservation because the place was packed.

Restaurant Week worked for them. During Restaurant Week, special menus are prepared just for that week. The Main Street menu was big and had something for every taste. When Rudy arrived, we ordered. The service was good and the food was excellent. The owner-manager was on top of the evening and said a very gracious thank you and good evening. My first experience with Main Street, but not my last. It was a good day in Suisun.

Suisun is more than a one-day city. The next day, the Kroc Center had a very well-organized and successful health fair. I’ll tell you about that later.

Reach Murray Bass at 427-0744 or [email protected]

Murray Bass


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