Thursday, August 19, 2010
Slice of Life: Time and Again
Downtown Lake Forest is like a living time capsule. Housewives push prams while gossiping and window shopping. Teen-agers ride their bicycles to the ice cream shop. Young couples canoodle on the public square while looking at the fountain. And every half an hour, a commuter train pulls in to the station to help fathers dressed like something from Mad Men rejoin their families. It's an idyllic scene in a world that's largely given over to the impersonal solitude of the personal automobile.
But what I like most about the Lake Forest town square isn't the straight-outta-1950's people, it's the straight-outta-1350's clock tower.
One of the commercial buildings lining the square is surmounted by a clock tower that is actually a sun dial. I checked it one hot, lazy afternoon, and yep -- it works just fine.