Q Perhaps readers might enjoy a break from Roadshow complaints about traffic, potholes and malfunctioning signal lights and welcome a road romance mystery?
A I am game. Tell me more.
Q Several years ago, the question, "TAMARA ... LIEVELING ... WILL ... YOU ... MARRY ME?" was spray-painted on the asphalt of the popular bike-riding ascent, Montebello Road, in Cupertino. This proposal, spelled out along intervals, is a landmark that lets tired bike riders know that they are nearing the top, but I think I am among thousands of cyclists who want to know some answers to this mystery. Did Tamara say yes, who proposed and what is the status of the romance?
A According to an old Web posting, she said yes! But we seek an update. Tamara, please check in.
Q Gary, you published a letter from Margrit Vanderryn of San Carlos the other day, asking for transportation assistance.
A That I did. Margrit wrote that she was looking for aid in getting around to places she could no longer drive to at night because of vision problems.
Q She should check out Redi-Wheels, the paratransit service operated by SamTrans in San Carlos.
A Many readers recommended this service.
Q Check out Redi-Wheels. It requires a medical reason but is relatively low-cost. My daughter's father-in-law lived in Redwood City and would take Redi-Wheels to Palo Alto and Outreach to South San Jose. If your trip is for shopping, the driver will bring bags to your door, but not into the home.
Worth looking into.
A Go to www.samtrans.com/Accessibility/Paratransit.html for more details.
Q The CHP will have an "Age Well Drive Smart" seminar in late January in Belmont and part of it is a section on "Transportation Alternatives." My wife and I are already signed up.
A And ...
Q I recommend Margrit sign up for a Clipper Card with the automatic reload feature. Once you have this card, you don't have to concern yourself with exact change on transit and you now have the means to go almost everywhere in the Bay Area. Generally public transportation, especially for senior citizens, is reasonable in cost. While we have been driving our cars up and down crowded freeways, public transportation has been improved for the carless. Also, 511.org is good for studying routes throughout the region.
A And ...
Q Margrit asked for help finding a transportation solution since taxis are so expensive. There are two companies I am aware of that match folks in need of help. Service varies as do prices. A bonus is that both companies offer resources with background checks.