We all know Menlo Park has a wonderful standard of living, goods schools, etc., but enough with the "new" Menlo Park already! Where are the days of Derry's Feed and Fuel, Johnny's Smoke Shop, and Shaw's Candy? Where can a man buy a water bed these days without Chelsea? Roots and Shoots anyone? Cafe Barrone is no Don's Hobby Shop I'll have you know. The employees are well under the age of eighty. All the denim I needed was at Jeff's Jeans--in REAL Menlo Park I didn't need a high end clothing store. Sure, New Menlo Park, you've got the Hoot and Toot, Su Hong's, Flegel's, and Draeger's, but you're just riding the coat tails of the old Menlo Park. New Menlo Park..do you even HAVE a head shop...look in the yellow pages under Black Elephant in Old Menlo Park. I'd much rather have my stone and gravel quarry than another Chili's any day. Old Menlo Park didn't just have toys and parties...it had Toy and Party. So, I say "eureka", as in Eureka Federal Savings, and remember new Menlo Park, try to mix in a few palm readers once in awhile. And while you're at it, end the alignment of Menlo Avenue and return it to the way it should be. Don't understand the alignment NEW Menlo Parkian? Then you don't deserve a Village Host in the first place.
-Cordially, B. William (via 1975)