Turkey Time is Near

It is getting close to turkey time as Thanksgiving is only a week away.

Turkey reacting to Reflection, Turkey Month, GobblerSo, tonight you get some images of turkeys to get you in the holiday mood.

Wild Turkeys, Turkeys in the Fog, Parking Lot, Fog, Flock of Turkeys, Rafter of TurkeysWe have a lot of wild turkeys around our office. We see them all year long, but they have special meaning this time of year.

Turkeys, wild turkeys, feathers, colorful feathersThey have a certain beauty, especially with their colorful tail feathers.

Turkey Turkey, Gobbler, native american bird, ThanksgivingHe we have a Turkey Turkey. This picture was taken in Turkey šŸ™‚

Flock of Wild Turkeys - Groveland, California - Thanksgiving - Turkey TimeThis picture was taken up in the foothills near Yosemite. I was visiting some friends there for Thanksgiving.

Wild Turkey - Thanksgiving - Dublin, California - Turkey on CarOK, one more wild turkey. This is what you do not want to see when you go out to the parking lot at work. Luckily IĀ  have never caught one on top of my car, but some of my co-workers have had the roof of their car scratch up by turkeys.

I hope these images help get you excited about next week šŸ™‚

I will take some time off next week and hopefully will write some more serious posts about Thanksgiving.



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Dublin IKEA Approved

Last week the Dublin, California City Council approved the latest proposal by IKEA. This is the second time that an IKEA has been approved in Dublin. I remember years ago when it was previously approved. Because of a downturn in the economy IKEA decided not to build and sold the site. However, they later bought the site back and put together a new proposal.

Dublin, California, IKEA, ApprovedHere is an overhead view of where the IKEA will be built. It is the large open field near the center of this screen shot from Google maps. It will be across the street from Persimmon Place which includes Whole Foods and also across from the Hacienda Crossings Shopping Center.

It will also be close enough to my office that I could walk there during lunch to have some Swedish meatballs.

However, it will not be anytime soon as I have read that they will not start construction until 2020, which will probably lead to an opening in 2022.

IKEA, Dublin, California, Ground Plan, Underground ParkingThe project will include the large IKEA store with underground parking as well as eight other buildings for restaurants and retail.

The image above is from the Dublin City Development Site.

Dublin IKEA Rendering, New Project, The GlenThe entire project is know as The Glen at Dublin and features a lot of open space around the retail/restaurant buildings for a pedestrian friendly experience.

There was a lot of opposition to having a large blue and yellow building, so IKEA reduced the amount of colored areas on the building. It will be interesting to see how it looks when it is finished.

Northern California IKEA Locations, Dublin, Emeryville, Palo Alto, West SacramentoThis IKEA will be the third in the Bay Area and the fourth in Northern California. It will draw customers from a large area and there are a lot of concerns about traffic. Thankfully IKEA does not open until 10:00am so it will not have a large effect on the morning rush hour.

IKEA Dublin, BART Station, Pedestrian FriendlyThe IKEA will also be very close to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. This was brought up many times by the opposition as they called for the site to be used for offices since the workers could commute by BART.

However, I believe that the IKEA will also have many customers who will use BART. Especially on the weekends when offices would be closed.

Here are some of my thoughts:

  • It will be the only IKEA in the Bay Area that is close to a BART station.
  • Many Bay Area residents, especially those without cars, will take BART to the IKEA to browse the showroom and then have their large purchases delivered.
  • It is easy to shop on-line, but many people want to see furniture in person to feel the textures, see how it looks from different angles and assess the quality of the materials.
  • With the restaurants in the project IKEA shoppers can also spend a nice afternoon or evening having a nice meal before returning home on BART.
  • Of course, people coming from the Central Valley will not be able to use BART, but Regional Rail will eventually connect the Central Valley to BART at the Dublin/Pleasanton station.

Now to see how long it takes to build and open šŸ™‚

I of course will probably post some pictures once they start construction.



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