The dust-up over David Codding's choice of sculptures to accompany the new Boudin Bakery project got me thinking.
What would his brash, big-game hunting late father, Hugh, have done with a city mandate that he place original art at his Montgomery Village or kick $25,000 into the city's public-art fund?
My first notion is that we'd be debating something like the bronze of a charging, 12-foot grizzly. But given how Hugh loved his Western theme at the Village, I now suspect he'd have kept some semblance of the Conestoga wagon displaced by Boudin and added a sculpture of who knows what, maybe a travel-weary and complex oxen.
HUGH WOULD LIKE, no doubt, that the Boudin project remilled and made use of more than 25,000 board feet of old-growth redwood that was inexpensive and abundant when he constructed, 60 years ago, the building that was home to Copperfield's Books.
The salvaged redwood, now that's art.
THE ZUCCHINI PATCH at Tara Seifert's Windsor home went berserk this year.
(But you want to know if Tara is kin of George Seifert, the ex-49er coach. Yes, he is her husband Steve's uncle.)
Back to the magic of zucchini. Last year the Seiferts' 8-year-old son, Kai, made a bit of money for Windsor Creek Elementary by selling some of his mom's zucchini bread.
With zucchini coming out of their ears this year, Kai asked if she'd again bake bread that he could sell for the SOS (Save Our Schools) fundraiser. In late July, they touted $5 loaves on Facebook.
With nearly another week to go before school even starts, guess much money Kai has taken in for SOS.
Nearly $1,000. Tara credits her son for most of the sale's success, but admits she bakes a pretty mean zucchini loaf.
"I have a secret, but I'm not going to tell anyone what's in the recipe," she said.
I begged. Tara relented.
Along with the zucchini and the whole-wheat flour, she revealed — applesauce.
EGGS, AGAIN: There's good news about Lunch and Dinner, the hens Myrna Wills had to adopt out after someone squawked about them to authorities in Rohnert Park.
Several folks from throughout Sonoma County offered to take the chickens in. Myrna chose to grant them to a couple in Healdsburg who've provided a refuge to homeless animals that include a llama.
They've had the hens for a week or so, and they told Myrna their border collie has bonded with them and taken to treating them as his flock.
Even better: the uprooted Lunch and Dinner already have resumed laying eggs.
Said Myrna, "That tells me my chickens are happy."
(Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and email@example.com.)
SRJC Board of Trustees meeting
The issue: The board will decide whether to pursue project labor agreements for a future construction project or projects built with $410 million in voter-approved bond funding.
PLAs: The deals typically establish the terms and conditions of a construction project before work begins. They can cover wages, benefits, strike prevention and rules for dispute resolution.
Supporters say: The deals limit labor strife, encourage hiring of local workers, provide benefits otherwise offered and help prevent delays and cost overruns.
Opponents say: The deals discourage nonunion bidders, reduce competition, interfere with the efficient project management and drive up costs.
Meeting details: 4 p.m., Tuesday, Student Activities Center, Bertolini Student Center, Santa Rosa campus.