Back on the beat

My vacation trip home to the Midwest went well and I arrived back in Claremont on Saturday night. My first outing was Sunday morning, when I stopped at an ATM in the Village.

“Are you back from vacation?” a stranger (or at least a reader whom I didn’t immediately recognize) shouted from his car at a stop sign. I whirled and, surprised, said yes.

“Good! Looking forward to your next restaurant review!” he said before turning the corner. His companion in the passenger seat must have asked what that was about, because I heard him say my name to her.

I can’t ask for a much better welcome back than that — a greeting from a reader of this blog, the only ones who knew I was away, moments after first stepping out.

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  • John Clifford

    Heeeesssss Baaaccccckkkkk!

  • Joanne Dallas

    Nice to be missed. Your opinion is respected….and your visits to council meetings bring a flavor of Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert to the in inland Empire.

  • Steve Adornetto

    Welcome back you were missed

  • Bob Terry

    Did you manage to hit a couple of “Early Bird Specials” with the folks while you were away?

    • davidallen909

      They don’t eat THAT early, thankfully.

  • Aaron in Rancho

    Oh, hey David. Thanks for the mention. That was Aaron in Rancho who was with his wife (who knows who you are in the column and blog, just not on the street). We had breakfast downtown followed by Farmers Market. Could not resist calling you out. Glad you are back.