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A Day in the Wine Country

Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2009.

I’ve always had a soft spot for quaint, little towns. Everybody knows one another, cars actually drive the speed limit and when you take a walk the sounds of nature aren’t obscured by leafblowers or jackhammers. As we pulled into Napa for our Door-to-Door recording at Adult Day Services (A.D.S.), I was overcome with a sense of tranquility I almost never experience in the busy streets of San Francisco. And it wasn’t just me. It seemed like every person I met at A.D.S. was as calm and friendly as could be.

And who wouldn’t be? The A.D.S. building was amazing- wooden ceilings that reached to the heavens, a beautiful garden, and a cafeteria that could house an entire army- not to mention the gym and designated movie-watching area. A place to make good friends, eat good food, and have a good time. The attitudes of the A.D.S regulars reflect their experience: they came up to the StoryCorps table talkative and curious, excited about the prospect of having their stories recorded.


(Sarah checking out the equipment)

“You mean to tell me I can talk about ANYTHING for 40 minutes?!”

“Yes, that’s correct.”

“What if I wanted to talk about the hot chocolate they serve here in the cafeteria?!

“If that’s what you really want to talk about, then yes.”

“….because let me tell you, it’s AMAZING…”

Apparently the hot chocolate really was amazing, because nearly half of the participants either mentioned it or were on their way to get it. Unfortunately the full schedule of interviews didn’t allow much free time.

I’m not sure if it is the programs A.D.S. has set up or just the drinking water, but to have such genuinely happy and engaging people roaming in and out of your building all day is pretty special.


(Bob and Betsy Sweet)

Many thanks go out to The Adult Day Services Center for being such a gracious host, and to all the participants who made the trip more than worthwhile.

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