Last month, I was fortunate enough to take some time off and vacation with my family. I had both my boys and their significant others travel from Washington, D.C., and Seattle to join Bina and myself on a six-day bike ride originating in Burlington, Vermont.
We rode through the small cities and farmland of Vermont, into Canada and finally ended in the province of Quebec. We were on the ride with four couples from San Diego and one couple from New York City, and all shared a great deal about where we came from and our own communities.
While the ride was physically beautiful (and difficult), and I was appreciative of the small community we constructed with our new friends along the way, there was a lot of time for reflection of how much we have to be thankful for in Sacramento, and specifically in our own Curtis Park neighborhood.
Over the years, Curtis Park has built a great and caring community. Its human and physical assets make it a wonderful place to live. We have a terrific neighborhood association and leaders who care deeply about our neighborhood’s future and devote enormous time and effort into ensuring that Curtis Park remains a great place to live and raise a family.
Yes, sometimes we disagree, but it is always with our hearts in the right place. We have leaders who organize terrific community events, including Music in the Park, Curtis Fest, Movie Nights, the Home Tour and the upcoming food and wine tasting event — all meant to bring us closer together.
We have a beautiful park that is well used not only by our own neighborhood, but also by those around us. And we have neighborhood treasures like Gunther’s Ice Cream and Pangaea Bier Cafe where we can gather to eat the best ice cream in Sacramento and share excellent food and drink.
I am proud and honored to represent Curtis Park and just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity. As always, I am happy to meet and discuss the issues facing our neighborhood and city, or just share an ice cream or a beer. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 808-7005.