In my capacity as a Palo Alto Parks and Recreation Commissioner, I put in my time with the satisfaction that I am helping City staff and City Council think through issues that affect the community.
And I get to be a judge at the Chili Cook Off!
I cannot think of a more enjoyable way to spend Independence Day.
In my capacity as a "judge" I get to try in a blind tasting various chilis that are provided at the contestants' booths to the public. It is a very solemn process.
All of us judges get to go around to the booths before we sample the chili fares, and are encouraged to be "bribed" by the booth folks. I suspect my female colleagues on the Parks Commission have a different take on the bribes they like compared to mine, and I say "Vive Le Difference!"
This is such a fun event for people of all ages, and eating chili is not required. Other cuisine also is available. There is music, stuff for kids, just a generally good time.
And you can go to watch the fireworks at Shoreline afterwards if you are so inclined.
Please come by the Chili Cook Off judges' booth and introduce yourself to me. Many people whom I know do so, and I welcome meeting some of you who weigh in on my Blogs.