August 25, 2005 - Ed Corners the Market
Sometimes the most interesting things to report in a Wednesday Where Is It article are the guesses we get from our subscribers. Last week, when we showed the old sign from the Hitching Post II saying, “World’s Best BBQ Steaks”, we got guesses of Chuck’s, Harry’s, the Timbers Restaurant, and the Tee-Off.
Yesterday, when we showed the dedicated crowd a picture of a circa 1950 outside clock, we received guesses of Santa Barbara High, the Greyhound Bus Station, Los Banos, Paradise Café, and the Victoria Market.
Apparently these are the places in town people think about when they think about clocks. Of course there can only be one right answer, and the particular clock shown in the picture is the one at the Market.
Anyone who navigates through the Traffic Calming Obstacle Course on their frantic drive down Olive Street can’t miss the old Victoria Market and the clock that sits above its front door. Some of our dedicated subscribers told us that a couple of years ago this particular clock was stolen, and then mysteriously returned.
Yesterday, the dedicated staff of edhat.com drove down to the Market to set our watches. At the risk of damaging our local wholesome image, we must admit that the excitement of the moment got a hold of us and we did a 720 around the Calming Circle’s orange cones and white barricades (don’t tell Ed).
It did make us feel a little more gleeful, but not any more serene.
The Victoria Market was the first stop on our city tour of local neighborhood markets, artifacts in our urban landscape that represent a simpler time. Through the years, they might have added an ATM or Lotto, opened up a deli, and begun stocking more beer than food products, but for the most part, these stores have remained the same. And, despite the pressure from mega grocery stores like Ralph’s, discounters like Costco, and specialty stores like Trader Joe’s, the corner stores that are scattered around town have not gone away.
Edhat took some pictures of the neighborhood stores yesterday. Who knows how the stores will fare over the next couple of years, but they will always live in cyberspace. We also put the stores on a map. Mouse over the icons for some pictures.
In yesterday’s contest, Diamonddzell, Bodiotoo, Jenerator, Copperwyrd, and In-a-handbasket, each knew the location of the outdoor clock. One standard sized dog biscuit was broken into 5 pieces and the Edhat dog was called over to eat them. Bodiotoo’s biscuit was the first to be eaten. Bodiotoo wins a bottle of FRS-Plus and an Edhat t-shirt. Maybe we should put a clock up in front of the Edhat office. It would help us keep more regular hours. But, if Bodiotoo emails us, we will be sure to be available for a prize pickup.
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