Magazine article Sunset

Get Smart

Magazine article Sunset

Get Smart

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MY FRIEND Tom Story and I have been on some pretty spectacular shoots together for Sunset. The fishing cabin outside Juneau where we caught so much king crab for dinner that we cooked up enormous breakfast omelets with the leftovers. The enchanted week we spent on Orcas Island, Washington, possibly my favorite place in the entire world, where we made pizzas in an outdoor oven on a farm straight out of a storybook. As Sunset's staff photographer since 2000, Tom has seen more than his share of glorious Western landscapes. But even a guy who's on the road 200 days a year can find much to enthrall him in his own hometown. And thus: the stunning images he produced for our love letter to Oakland (page 68), Sunset's new home and a city in significant transition. (That's Tom, second from left in the photo, next to Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf and her brain trust at Chinatown lunch spot Shanghai Restaurant, whose dumplings I am craving as I write.) A burgeoning tech hub with a deep commitment to diversity? If anyone can do it, Oakland can.

Innovation--that catchiest of buzzwords--is the theme of this month's issue, but our focus is on finding simple ways to live smarter. …

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