We toss vanilla-scented bouquets sprinkled with sugar crystals to the friendly crew at the beloved Foster's Freeze in downtown San Luis Obispo. You’ll be missed, along with your junior sundaes and half-and-half cones.
The demise of the eatery begs the question: What will become of the iconic neon Foster's Freeze sign? Surely, it has minor landmark status — maybe not on par with Bubble Gum Alley or the Puck statue or those painted utility boxes — but it shouldn’t be consigned to some dark basement or tossed in a dumpster not unless the person doing the tossing wants to be pelted with a frosty, chocolate-dipped brickbat.
The History Center of San Luis Obispo County might be an excellent home for the sign featuring Frosty’s signature soft ice cream cone. We ran the idea by the Center’s curator, Eva Ulz. She expressed interest, though she said the Collections Committee would have to approve the acquisition. She also pointed out that the sign would not be on permanent display; the Center rotates all of the items in its collection.
Here’s an idea: The museum could occasionally sponsor an exhibit of all of the dearly departed eateries of SLO — Scrubby & Lloyd’s, Corcoran’s, the Sno-White Creamery, Chocolate Soup, the Spindle, the Dark Room and the dozens of others we’re forgetting. We’ll be there — with forget-me-not bouquets.
Cuesta puts bond money to work
Cuesta College earns a grade “A” bouquet for jumping on its “to do” list following passage of a $275 million bond measure in Tuesday’s election. The day after the vote, the college issued a statement detailing its plans, which include breaking ground by next fall on new buildings at the San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles campuses.
While we’re on the subject, we offer a congratulatory bouquet to Pete Sysak, who won a seat on the Board of Trustees in Tuesday’s election. But we’re plucking a few of those blossoms because he opposed the bond measure. Sysak told a Tribune reporter that he didn’t support the bond because it didn’t include anything for the South County. Way to be a team player!
First things first. Buildings at the existing campuses need attention and when those are taken care of, Cuesta can concentrate on establishing a South County campus. In the meantime, South County community college students have a few options — the SLO campus, the Cuesta center at Arroyo Grande High and Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.
Election workers are the heroes
We offer red-white-and-blue bouquets to the many Election Day workers who staffed polling places around the county on Tuesday. Many did it voluntarily, to raise money for good causes under the county’s “adopt-a-polling-place” program. Instead of accepting pay for the day’s work, these volunteers donate their money to nonprofit organizations.
Voting by mail is becoming more prevalent these days, but for those of us who prefer the tradition of the voting booth, polling place workers are an indispensable part of Election Day. Thanks!