Well, my neighbor Fantasy
Records' catalogue is for sale again. The rights and masters of
this grand Jazz, Blues and R&B archive are again available.
But collectors have long maintained that Fantasy has not given
this historic material its due, re releasing haphazardly, often
in mediocre sound. And sources within the industry suggest that
among others, EMI is interested. Michael Cuscuna of their Blue
Note division is well qualified to oversee and release this material.
(The Fantasy Studio is no longer an A facility though Etta James
and Sonny Rollins record here.) If a major buys the catalogue
I don't believe it will remain in Berkeley. Of course the vacated
space could be otherwise used or rented out as it is now.This
is a seven-story office-building and more businesses with offices
here would offer good pay for support staff and well paying management
Check out this interview
with Michael Cuscuna.
The U.S. Evacuation from DaNang
began on March 29, 1975.
"By many measures, California's
system is the costliest in the nation" writes Deborah Lohse
in her West County Times story, "Employers,
Workers Cite Comp Woes."
Comp Deadline Passes is an AP
story in today's West County Times.
Yesterday I listened to my
LP, "Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown." My copy is
Japanese Mercury Emarcy EXPR-1009. Playing along with Sarah and
Clifford on this 1955 session are Paul Quinichette, Herbie Mann
and Roy Haynes, among others. Happily, this collection of beautiful
ballads is now available on
CD with extra tracks. (And, Clifford's
truly somethin' else.)
I'm not as concerned about
Inter Net privacy as I have been. I just joined Yahoo! Messenger.
As part of their service they offer information about members.
I searched "Ron Penndorf" and found information about
me in five areas; name, address, phone, age, and email. Three
of the five are wrong. Hell, these guys could get a job with one
of the U.S. intelligence agencies.
There will be a Hula Ceremony-Party
on Saturday night at 7:00 PM at the Mahea Uchiyama Center for
International Dance, next to Magic Garden on Heinz. It's potluck,
very casual, and you'll be asked to remove your shoes at the door.
Geralyn Hurney and her classmates will be going through this rite
Peter Hurney reports that
the telephone polls have been removed from the middle of the parking
lane on 7th Street.
What was that gray, ground-level
cloud at the end of Parker just inside the Bayer West Gate? It
was there when I left last night at 6:04PM.
Potter Creek's Café
Cocao is featured in Carolyn Jung's "Chocaolate
for Dinner?" a story in today's
West County Times.
Patrick Hoge writes "Marie
Andrushuk didn't know when she bought her central Berkeley home
that it sits atop Strawberry Creek, one of seven creeks running
from the hills to the bay -- many of them through aging culverts
beneath or near about 8 percent of properties in the city"
in his report in the San Francisco Chronicle,"Berkeley:
Who Owns the Creeks, Culverts? Homeowners, City Fight Over Costly
Gold Wing rider, Cliff Miller emails How To Keep
A Healthy Level Of Insanity "At lunch time, sit in your
parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing
cars. See if they slow down."
So now just where is our namesake,
Potter Creek? According to a City of Berkeley, Department of Engineering,
1990 Map it runs underground in a 2ft culvert entering Potter
Creek, the neighborhood, at the southeast corner of San Pablo
and Heinz, runs along Heinz and directly under the Scharffen Berger
factory, turns southwest at just before the corner of Heinz and
7th, and leaves Potter Creek at Potter Street and the railroad
right of way.
HAPPY PERSIAN NEW YEAR!
Refecting the sea-change in
west-Berkeley, John Curl was removed from the City of Berkeley
Planning Commision by Councilperson, Margaret Breland. She appointed
Tim Perry as his replacement.
It seems clear to me that
John Curl was replaced because Councilwoman Breland and staff
felt that he no longer best represented their and our interests.
All else is politics, and at the moment, speculation. In fact,
a story appeared in the Berkeley Daily P so filled with speculation
as to better have appeared as a gossip column.
Saturday is he first day of
the Noruz-the Persian New Year, 2563, and the First Day of Spring,
a new season. Read about Noruz
Friday morning I met Deputy
Watson of the San Mateo County Sheriff Department. (The meeting
made it again clear that there is a God and that She likes us.)
I had parked off Black Mountain Road on the reservoir overview
with what was probably a clogging fuel filter and was standing
in front of my old, reliable truck with the hood up, puzzled.
As I began to look over the engine, a Sheriff's cruiser pulled
up behind me and a very large deputy got out. He walked carefully
and deliberately toward us, stopped and looked around, and then
satisfied, offered to call a tow-truck. "Thanks, don't need
one" I said "I'll clean the filter and plugs and it
should be ok." We began to talk more as I pulled the plugs.
"I used to be a mechanic" he remarked moving toward
engine compartment. As he began to feel comfortable, he began
to help and pulled the filter. As I cleaned the plugs, he cleaned
the filter and replaced it. He said that he's from Chicago "but
been with the Department twenty-four years." I said that
I was from Wisconsin and went to Chicago as often as I could to
see and hear jazz. "Yeah, lots of jazz in Chicago" he
chuckled. And the conversation went on. He had served in Vietnam
and even now is concerned about wasting human assests in combat--people
being killed and wounded. Clearly, Vietnam is very much with him.
And he talked some common sense--I just listened. "Mind your
own business." "Don't start a fight, but if someone
else does, make sure you finish it." "Take care of your
own before worrying about anybody else." Seemed like good
advice for the neighborhood or the world.
While spending the day at
Stanford University, I noticed signs on campus reading something
like "Do Not Idle Trucks While Making Deliveries." A
good idea for Potter Creek, too.
of the Road for Classic Brand: Liquidators getting ready to auction
off last vestiges of Indian Motorcycle"
is Matt Nauman's report in the West County Times. Most
telling, however is a quote from Cycle World editor David Edwards.
"David Edwards, editor in chief of Cycle World, the nation's
largest monthly motorcycle magazine, doesn't sound saddened by
the death of Indian. 'This was a quick and dirty way of making
a new Indian that sort of didn't respect the heritage of the original
company,' he said."
My memory was that the establishment
of the new Indian Motorcycle company was simply a way for the
owners of the Indian trademark to sell this intellectual property.
A judge ruled that to sell it to new owners, the new owners would
actually have to make a motorcycle. And how interested were these
new owners in making a motorcycle? These first new Indians actually
had Harley motors. Arrgh!
For a history of the Indian
and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, read Allan Girdler's The
Harley-Davidson and Indian Wars.
Indian Sport Scout
HAPPY SAINT PATRICK
Rick Auerbach and I met for
two hours last night. We talked and talked and talked and we solved
all of Potter Creek's problems. We even solved problems that Potter
Creek doesn't have. Then, though exhilarated by our exchanges,
I remembered what my old Gold Wing buddy, Cliff Miller said. "Generally
you don't learn much when your lips are moving."
Tuesday, March 9th at 9:02
PM there was a robbery at knife-point at 9th and Pardee of a man
and woman out-walking. The robbers were two males in their "early
twenties." The man gave the robbers his wallet.
For what I believe to be an
accurate portrayal of the Geronimo Campaigns, watch the DVD "Geronimo:
An American Legend." (A British
Army officer attached to the U. S Cavalry during the campaigns
described the Apache as the finest light-cavalry in the world.)
Pam Belluck of the New York Times reports
University to Examine Debt to Slave Trade."
George Avalos of the West County Times writes "The
East Bay, which had been spared the brunt of the jobs recession,
may be starting to suffer the side effects of the high-tech meltdown
and the state budget deficit" in his report, "Recession
Makes Way to East Bay."
Ravens have begun nesting around the 2800 block
of 8th Street.
Fellini has a interior out of a Fellini movie. Just a touch fifties-funky,
it's crisp and clean and done in pure-black and bright-red with
the dining space cut up into small areas in a wonderfully Byzantine
fashion. (I think this creative division also keeps the noise
down in a place with concrete floors.) But during our lunch, Fellini's
sound system did not deliver Nino Rota's soundtrack from Amarcord,
instead, it delivered tasteful post-bop jazz. More than background
music, this set a hip tone, complimenting the decor. The service
is good, friendly, and fairly fast. Fellini is basically a Pizza,
Pasta place with a few sandwiches. I ordered the Margherita pizza*,
usually just tomato and cheese, I added chicken sausage. It arrived
hot, with good quality mozzarella melted and stringy. Instead
of the usual tomato sauce it had pieces of small diced fresh tomatoes
and a sprinkling of fresh basil with a few thin slices of fresh
garlic scattered about. The crust was thin, and crisp on the bottom.
(But the sides were not puffy and bread-like the way I like).
Over all, it was a very good pizza and cost $8.50 with the added
sausage. (I use Tomassos as the measure for pizza in the States.)
Ron ordered a barbecue chicken sandwich which was served on an
Acme bakery bun. (Why he ordered barbecued chicken in an Italian
restaurant is beyond me.) The grilled chicken was shredded much
like a barbecue pork sandwich and was mixed with caramelized onions--very,
very sweet. The sauce was just too smoky, over powering any other
flavor. But it was nicely presented and of a generous portion.
The accompanying Caesar salad was good sized, crisp, with just
the right amount of dressing. The dressing itself was was lemony
and garlicky and there were a lot of grated parmesan and croutons
on top of the salad. Very nice. The sandwich and small Caesar
salad cost $6.50. Over all, Fellini is a good place for Italian
lunch and we would return to try other things. Kimar But
I wouldn't order the sandwich again. Ron
is located at 1401 University Avenue and it's phone number is
510-841-5200. It's open from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM all days
but Tuesday. Tuesday it's closed.
Margherita is the classic tomato pizza with mozzarella and basil
and is a Neapolitan specialty.
Italians use seeded ripe tomatoes in the sauce and often add garlic,
olive oil-just a bit, and salt and pepper. In tomato season they
don't cook the sauce, it really is a topping rather than what
we think of as sauce. Kimar
My very good neighbors just
bought two Huffy bicycles at "The Dented Can Store"
for $79.95 a piece. Hoorah!
Happy Summer of the moment!
provides compelling evidence that we need to regulate the high
cost of workers' comp and let the insurance commissioner go into
each insurance company's records . . ." reports George Avalos
of the West County Times in his "Workers'
Comp Cost Estimates Cut."
And, IRMI.com offers
this guide book Levine
on California Workers Compensation Premium and Insurance.
One view of the future of
Bay Area dinning-out is offered by Carol Ness at SF Gate.com
in her "Star
Chefs go Simple Route: Many Plan to Open Inexpensive Spin-offs
of Their Restaurants." So, now
the ex-computer-guy can afford to dine out at his new minimum-wage-service-sector
500ml-- vanilla ice cream slightly softened (2C equal 475ml)
125ml-- chocolate ice cream slightly softened (1/2 C equals 120ml)
250ml--double cream (1C equals 240ml)
3 tbs powdered sugar
0.25lb mixed crystallized fruits cut up very small
Line a 1.5litre mould--with the vanilla ice cream. Freeze until
solid. (1 1/2 Qt is about 1.5 litre) Layer the chocolate ice cream
over the vanilla. Freeze until solid. Whip the cream until it
stands in soft peaks and stir in the crystallized fruits. Sweeten
to taste with powdered sugar folding it in carefully. Spoon this
mixture into the centre of the frozen chocolate ice cream. Cover
with foil and freeze for several hours until solid. To serve,
dip bowl into hot water and then turn the Cassata out onto a serving
To celebrate early Summer,
here's an Italian dessert via Susan Tjhi of Taipei, changed slightly
reflecting metric and language differences.
Kimar's tips for
At Trader Joe's you can find
ten daffodil stems, opens to ten-inch bouquet, for .99. Happy
Spring! And while you're there, pick up a couple Pugliese Italian
breads from Grace Baking for $1.39. This is a partially baked
small loaf for two. Keep one in your freezer.
our food and more person
Curious about the recurring
rumor, early this morning I was out and in Potter Creek. At 1:27
AM the mushroom cloud had already formed in the north-west. Rising
from the ground to altitude then hovering, it was drifting toward
me. As the wind changed it moved slightly more north-east moving
over the Bakery Cafe and Ruth and Marvin's. Could this be the
"midnight emissions from Bayer" that the homeless talk
"The word 'genius' isn't
applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."
Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback and sports analyst.
"While most people interviewed
by the Times believed [Martha] Stewart had lied . . . , most also
believed prosecutors put a target on Stewart's back because she
had dared to be a powerful woman in a man's world" write
Joan Morris and Jessica Guynn in their West County Times
Women See an Example Made."
Though Margaret Breland, our
council person, is getting stronger everyday, she has still not
decided if she'll run for office this Fall. "[It's] in God's
hands" she's said in the past. I'll go along with that and
include her in my prayers.
The Saffron Café closed
last week--and, thank you for scrambled eggs and lox.
Winter Salad of Fig and Stilton
with Port Wine Dressing
3/4 C. Ruby Port
1/4 C. dry red wine
1/4 C. oil can be olive or vegetable
3 T. balsamic vinegar
2T. walnut or hazelnut oil
3 T. sugar
1 T. red wine vinegar
1 9 oz. package dried black Mission figs stemmed and cut in half
1 5 oz. bag mixed baby greens or about 8 cups
4 oz. crumbled stilton cheese, about 1 1/4 C.
Whisk first 7 ingredients together in med bowl, to blend
pour in sauce pan with the figs and simmer until slightly syrupy,
stirring occasionally, about 8 min.
cool slightly, season with salt and freshly ground pepper
Divide greens among 6 plates
sprinkle cheese over greens. Ladle warm dressing and figs over
salads and serve
from Gourmet Magazine and prepared by Kimar
(This is not your Mom's beef stew, unless she was a gourmet.)
Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook
Time: 2 hours
Yield: 6 servings
1 tablespoon good olive oil
8 ounces dry cured center cut applewood smoked bacon, diced
2 1/2 pounds chuck beef cut into 1-inch cubes
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound carrots, sliced diagonally into 1-inch chunks
2 yellow onions, sliced
2 teaspoons chopped garlic (2 cloves)
1/2 cup Cognac
1 (750 ml.) bottle good dry red wine such as Cote du Rhone or Pinot Noir
1 can (2 cups) beef broth
1/2 can tomato paste
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (1/2 tablespoon dried)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature, divided
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 pound frozen whole onions
1 pound fresh mushrooms stems discarded, caps thickly sliced
For serving: Country bread
or Sour Dough, toasted or grilled and rubbed with garlic clove
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, optional
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees
Heat the olive oil in a large
Dutch oven. Add the bacon and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes,
stirring occasionally, until the bacon is lightly browned. Remove
the bacon with a slotted spoon to a large plate.
Dry the beef cubes with paper
towels and then sprikle them with salt and pepper. In batches
in single layers, sear the beef in the hot oil for 3 to 5 minutes,
turning to brown on all sides. Remove the seared cubes to the
plate with the bacon and continue searing until all the beef is
browned. Set aside.
Toss the carrots, and onions,
1 tablespoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of pepper in the fat in the
pan and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until
the onions are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1
more minute. Add the Cognac, stand back, and ignite with a match
to bum off the alcohol. Put the meat and bacon back into the pot
with the juices. Add the bottle of wine plus enough beef broth
to almost cover the meat. Add the tomato paste and thyme. Bring
to a simmer, cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid and place
it in the oven for about 1 1/4 hours or until the meat and vegetables
are very tender when pierced with a fork
Combine 2 tablespoons of butter
and the flour with a fork and stir into the stew. Add frozen onions.
Saute the mushrooms in 2 tablespoons of butter for 10 minutes
until lightly browned and then add to the stew. Bring the stew
to a boil on top of the stove, then lower the heat and simmer
for 15 minutes. Season to taste.
To serve, toast the bread
in the toaster or oven. Rub each slice on 1 side with a cut clove
of garlic. For each serving, spoon the stew over a slice of bread
and sprinkle with parsley.
Ina Garten recipe prepared
My University of Wisconsin
college-buddy, Ed Hahn, sent this from Hong-Kong. "I work
in a restaurant that has open-air rooftop dining. While explaining
this to a woman who called to make a reservation, she asked me,
'Now, the roof, is that on the top of the building?'"
Lots a stuff about Berkeley in Meredith May's
School Notes in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Where can you get the best store-bought tapioca?
The San Francisco Chronicle's Carol Ness tells you here.
And her recommendation for the best take-out chicken can be found
Today is Bulgaria National
Day and Morocco National Day.
Potter Creek is two very different
neighborhoods--one when business are open, the other when they
are not open. The dense traffic and lack of parking disappear
when business are closed. Quite simply, the neighborhood's congestion
is a direct result of manufacturing and wholesaling business.
In fact, interviews with delivery people of all sorts yield one
conclusion. Traffic congestion is in large part a result of business
delivery and pickup. How can this problem be solved ? In the long
run it will solve itself. As land increases in value--in this
order, heavy manufacturing and heavy wholesaling, medium manufacturing
and medium wholesaling, light manufacturing and light wholesaling
will be replaced by more cost efficient land uses with planned
parking provisions and lighter heavy traffic. (Restrictive zoning
can delay this development but not stop it. "Show me the
money!") In the short run, parking congestion can be solved
by the building of a parking garage. But, I believe the increase
traffic without the change in land use is an inevitable result
of increased density in the East Bay.
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch
at Camabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the
ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist
and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl
mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae
the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod
as a wlohe.
The Antelope Valley by Rick Auerbach
Also, yesterday mid-afternoon
Rick stopped at my door "I want to show you something around
the corner" he said. We went to the corner of 8th and Grayson
and turned left. As we walked down very residential Grayson toward
9th, I became aware of the smell of lacquer-like paint. We reached
9th and Grayson and the air was filled with the irritant. It hung
heavy over the corner and I began to cough. Could this be the
infamous Inlite odor about which the neighbors talk? Well, we
were standing in front of Inlite. "How's your situation?"
Marvin just returned from
a month in Australia."In Sydney you don't wake up in the
morning with a face full of phlegm" he observed. Funny, that's
just what Bob and Paul said about waking up in Albuquerque.
The West Berkeley Plan which
sets forth general development policy for West Berkeley, including
Potter Creek, is going to be reviewed starting at the end of this
year. If you have some ideas, concerns, even complaints, contact
our Planning Commissioner or Zelda
Bronstein who is also a Planning Commissioner.