April 1st is Berkeley's 126th
this some time ago about a favorite LP set of the J.S. Bach Well
Tempered Clavier--it is played by Ralph Kirkpatrick on the
clavichord. The set was released in 1963 as Archive 198311/12.
Originally, I thought only neighbor, harpsichord builder, and
train lover, John Philips might enjoy it. But after almost no
thought what-so-ever, I concluded that many would. "In the
great American folk art model railroading, the locomotive that
runs the most slowly and quietly is the one that is the most sought
after. The severe test of locomotive performance is just
how slowly and quietly it can move, for slow and quiet running
are thought of as qualities of excellence. Running a noisy engine
around the track at breakneck speed is thought of as child's play.
The mature model railroader spends much time and effort making
his favorite locomotive creep along silently. The mechanically
minded may even disassemble and fine tune the locomotive, and
upon successful re-assembly and test running, boast that their
engine runs so slowly that its movement cannot be seen. The like
test for stereo equipment is to play quiet music, and value the
hardware that renders it most accurately. These records of the
Well-Tempered Clavier are of music, a performance, and
a recording that lend themselves to such a test: a test of quiet
excellence. This set of records sold well in the Berkeley of the
1960s, a time and place of some sensitivity. When I worked at
Campus Records, I would often hear of their otherworldly beauty
from those who apparently had spent all night listening to them.
However, on casual listening in the shop they seemed boring; its
playing there did not convince. But time has revealed these records
to be music of subtle color and soft richness, and of a performance
and recording of quiet excellence. The recording, above all, beautifully
captures the clavichord's quiet rainbow hue and bell-like tone.
The performance too is beautiful, and deeply felt."
CBS News reports that after being trained by us,
10% of the Iraqi security forces fired on US troops in the field.
"Lawsuits and tinkering could push off complete
reform until 2007" writes George Avalos in his West County
Comp Questions remain."
And, Steve Lawrence of the AP reports "Auditors
Criticize Fight Against Fraud."
In keeping with Albert E.
Braver's view that "Brother, the Human Race is a mistake."
I offer this not-too-sinister, absurd event. In WWII, in 1943,
the Italians planned an air raid on New York City. The raid was
conceived at the highest levels of the Italian government, Il
Duce himself being involved. In a 1972 edition of the Air Britain
Digest, Giancarlo Garello writes "[We] must point it out
that the much-debated raid to New York underwent several modifications
still while being planned; the idea of a bombing on the American
metropolis was actually discarded at a very early stage and adequate
consideration was instead given to the possibility of utilizing
the raid essentially to propaganda purposes with the dropping
of thousands of leaflets exalting Italy [and] we must now report
what we were told by Ingegner Palanca himself: it seems that shortly
before being deprived of his authority Mussolini, proving to possess
a remarkable sense of humour coupled with a disconcerting lack
of seriousness, gave orders that the load to have been carried
in the first special flight should consist of parachute fitted
Sicilian oranges to be dropped on millions of bewildered Americans!"
college, as Program Director of the Student Union, I brought the
Max Roach Quintet to our school. Sometime ago I wrote of this
concert "For one concert, the Max Roach Quintet drove up
from Chicago on a snow-stormy winter night, and they arrived late.
I remember their 'cool,' and I remember their playing in the dim
light of the Union Lounge. But most of all I remember that they
'hit on our chicks.' Kimar was one of those "chicks."
"Boy, I don't remember a thing " she said yesterday
"Memory's a blank."
more, read "They
hadn't listened to as many records as we had" in I Learned to Love Records.
I was also talking to my friend, Jerry Landis who attended Janine
and friends last-week's concert. Of the concert Janine herself
said "It was a blast for both performers and audience"
and my friend used so many superlatives I can't remember them.
But I do remember that he was particularly amazed at the life
the performers brought to the Telemann Quartet. "I mean,
it was just a Telemann quartet" he said "but it was
alive!" I think much the way a jazz player like Sonny Rollins
makes "I'm an Old Cowhand" his own, these Baroque players
creatively personalized "just a Telemann quartet." Imagine
what they could do with Bach!
From my note about Ensemble
Mirable's recording of the Triemer cello sonatas "That would
be the Blendulf-Kim CD. Interestingly, the Minuet I and II of
the Sonata No 2 do not dance without Ms. Kim's harpsichord. And
throughout there is more than just support. (Though the liner
notes talk of conversations between the instruments-I would question
that. Perhaps the exception rather than the rule.) And, I believe
the CD to be a major work, equaling those of 'famous' Baroque
soloists--Manze comes to mind. As John would say 'I like it.'"
"One afternoon about three years ago, while killing
time until rush hour, Mr. McDonald came upon a man playing Bach
on a cello in the Times Square subway station. The sweet song
of this cello, the first one he had ever heard, soared above the
train rattle and jangle. 'The sound, the feeling, the intensity,
the emotion of it,' he recalled. 'It was like a wave that came
over me. I had never felt that before.' Suddenly, he wanted to
play the cello" writes New York Times reporter, Dan
Barry in "Keeping
Hands on Wheel, and on Bow, and Strings." Also, check
out my "Demicello's
Sure looks like
Summer to me!
ABC News reports that the
Pentagon is now armoring more new HUMVEES and is retrofitting
older ones with armor. Officials also admit they misread the tactical
use of HUMVEES and are now advocating the employment of a vehicle
similar to the one mentioned in my 10/30/04 post. On October 30,
2003 I wrote "Do our troops in Iraq have the proper equipment?
Well, there's a vehicle available specifically for internal security
operations and we don't have it. It offers much greater protection
than our soft skinned HUMVEEs. It is the Reumech OMC Casspir.
A writer for Jane's offers 'A unique feature of the Casspir is
that it has been designed to give its crew a high degree of protection
against anti-tank mines and for this reason the vehicle has a
very high ground clearance with the hull having a V-shape to help
deflect the blast from any mines.' More information and a photo
are at Jane's
The Army estimates that one in four of our soldiers killed
in HUMVEES in Iraq would not have died if their vehicle had been
"May the injustices and humiliation suffered here as
a result of hysteria, racism and economic exploitation never emerge
again" quotes Sandy Kleffman in her "Memories
Live at Manzanar" in the West County Tmes.
my neighbor, Ruth Okimoto writes in her monograph, Sharing a Desert
Home: Life on the Colorado Indian Reservation "Our family
of six arrived in Poston Camp III on August 28,1942. . . . "
Tired of the over-produced,
over-priced and often boring recorded-performances of the classical
Music Establishment? Then listen to KDFC's "From the Top."
The teenagers, recorded-live on this hour program, have chops
and soul. They give me hope. Again, . . . there is a God and She
likes us. (The program is broadcast from 9:00 AM till 10:00 AM
on Sunday morning. It is a PRI production.)
In the '70s, at Moe's
Books and Records we very seldom carried new records, mostly because
of their short markup. My memory is that you'd make seventy-five
cents to a dollar on a four-dollar record, and these records were
available to customers on trade which we issued at 75 percent,
so we were just swapping dollars on trade transactions. This was
not trading-up, and Moe did not look kindly on such practices.
But one new record that we regularly stocked was the Balfa Brothers
Traditional Cajun Music vol 2 (Swallow 6019 )-- the music
was fresh, tuneful and dance filled. Also, the brothers played
together well and on hearing you knew they loved what they were
doing. The record sold well even with its corny album cover. I
loved the record. I even remember drinking a lot of red wine and
playing along on my cello, imitating their cajun style. The more
red wine, the better the imitation--it seemed. Though I traded
away my personal copy long ago, I always remembered the disq.
Some months ago at a neighbor's, I saw what looked like a tiny
version of the album on her living room table, instantly recognizable
by it's same, but now not-so-corny cover. This was in fact the
CD release of my favorite old record plus another Balfa brothers
LP. I borrowed and eagerly listen to it. Like better-wine-than-I-drank-when-playing-along-with-the-record,
it has aged well. Buy it and you will have lots of listening fun.
My own favorite cuts are Two Step De L'anse A Paille, Madeleine,
and Family Waltz. An aside--I've recently begun listening to CDs
of the Baroque authenticists often because of the free and improvisation-like
quality of their playing, their performances being excitingly
filled with the musicians' own trills and turns. The Balfa Brothers
too, decorate their tunes with trills and turns. What fun! (The
Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music vols 1 and 2 cost
or get it at your local store.)
Kimar's now working
on a Summer tip--something to keep the kid's happy on those hot
Summer days. Put heavy cream and stuff in a small plastic bag.
Put crushed ice in a larger one. Put the small one inside the
large one and give it to your kid to shake like crazy. It makes
ice cream. Watch their bewildered pleasure. Details to follow.
Here's a current Kimar
Tip. Check out the frozen Trader Ming's Mandarin Orange Chicken
from Trader Joe's. It's Mandarin Orange Chicken made in your own
kitchen in a few minutes and it's just about as good as you'll
find in a restaurant. It cost $4.49 and has five one-cup servings
month, Albert E. Braver would have been eighty-six. He died last
November 1st. I wrote this last year about one of the last meetings
we had. "I spent yesterday afternoon with my mentor and former
employer, Albert E. Braver. We mostly talked about the current
state of the world -- about which 85-year-old Albert regularly
observed 'Those who the gods would destroy, they first make mad'
and offered when I recalled a particularly absurd event 'Look
brother, the Human Race is a mistake.' Never overly optimistic
about Humankind, Albert never-the-less takes great pleasure from
his more-than-I-can-count grandchildren, and tea and black Russian
cigarettes. 'Better to smoke here than Hereafter!' For stories
about Albert read 'Back
in the Day.'"
our White-collar Middle Class become marginalized as is our Blue-collar
prestigious universities, more and more students from upper-income
families are edging out those from the middle class" writes
David Leonhardt in his New York Times report
"As Wealthy Fill Top Colleges, . . . "
Creek worker, Janine Johnson is playing the harpsichord in a concert
this month. She will be performing with Rachel Streeter, flute;
Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; and Joanna Blendulf, cello. The concert will be
held at St. Albans Episcopal Church, at 1501 Washington Street
in Albany, CA on Saturday, April 24th at 8:00 PM. Tickets are
$18 and $15. Phone (510) 524-5661 #3 for more information and
advance tickets. The concert is presented by Healing Muses, a
non-profit affiliate of the San Francisco Early Music Society.
for the Seasons" by James Oswald
in g minor H. XV:1 by Joseph Haydn
II in C major by Luigi Boccherini
in G major by Tommaso Giordani
in G major for Flute and Continuo by C.P.E. Bach
for Solo Violin in b minor by Georg P. Telemann
Quatuor in e minor by Georg P. Telemann
are the programs notes for the concert. Check it out!
Oswald was a Scottish composer, publisher and cellist. He spent
much of his time in London, where he absorbed the English, Italian,
and French idioms. These, in combination with his Lowland Scots
heritage, produced a unique style. The "Airs for the Four
Seasons", 1755-56 contain many short movements, with fanciful
titles. Most are dance movements, no doubt stemming from his past
as a dance instructor in Dunfermline. Though the violin part is
optional, it is hard to imagine these works as anything but trio
the Baroque era progressed into the Classical, the roles of the
cellist and harpsichordist in the Continuo team, broke apart.
In this Haydn Trio, the cello is still primarily doubling the
bass line, but the keyboard has its own fully written out part.
One could liken this, perhaps, to an accompanied keyboard sonata,
were it not for the violin part, which is fully fledged. It carries
on a dialogue with the keyboard, very much its equal, coming into
its own, especially, in the Trio of the Menuet. The triple stops
in the final Presto also mark this as a more forward looking work.
Though this Trio is considered to be transitional , (ca. 1760-62),
it was likely intended for the harpsichord, rather than the fortepiano
(published for Cembalo). The style of the writing works well on
the harpsichord, and Haydn's familiarity with the works of Scarlatti
is evident in the final movement.
Boccherini, (b. Lucca in 1743), was a child prodigy cellist, with
a cellist/bass player father, the two taking posts in the theater
in Vienna when he was a mere 14 years old. In 1766 he set off
on concert tours, settling briefly in Paris, and eventually in
Spain. The Cello Sonatas are virtuostic early works, played as
showpieces in concerts, and were not published in his lifetime
(though pirated versions circulated in London). They were written
for Cello and basso, with no figures for Continuo realization.
There is speculation that these are simply duos for two cellos,
or cello and bass, rather than for Cello and Continuo. The double
stops in the basso part, would certainly indicate a desire for
a second cello, and that would be ideal, with or without keyboard.
There are places where the texture of the two parts alone appears
to want filling out, however, and this is where a keyboard (or
possibly guitar) seems called for. It is possible a second cellist
could have ornamented his part, and it is also thought that perhaps
Boccherini might have simply accepted whatever was available to
him, while on tour. Regardless of this laissez-faire, the solo
part is extraordinarily demanding and quite possibly some of the
most difficult literature in the cello repertoire. No mere bass
line player here!
Giordani (b. ca. 1733, Naples) son of an impresario, singer, and
librettist, spent his youth traveling throughout Europe as part
of his family's opera company. His earliest known opera was performed
at Covent Garden in 1756. Eventually he settled in London, where
his music, written in the prevalent galant style, enjoyed great
popularity. The Quartett is one such work. It also has an interesting
treatment of the Continuo team. It is a Trio Sonata, at the outset,
with the cello doubling the bass line, and the keyboard realizing
figures, when suddenly the rules change, and the keyboard emerges
with a fully written out part. The piece is quite unique in this
regard, with the instrumentalists and keyboard contrasting in
texture and importance. Of the instrumentalists, the flute carries
most of the treble lines, with the violin filling in with very
effective accompaniment. The result appears to be more than a
sum of its parts, with the work being very rich and full textured.
Philip Emmanuel Bach, the second son of J.S. Bach, studied music
under his father. Surprisingly, he was more revered in his day,
than his father. This is no doubt because of his musical innovations
with the Empfindsamerstil, a compositional style to "touch
the heart and move the affections." In 1738 he moved to Berlin,
becoming court harpsichordist for the Prussian Crown Prince, Frederick,
an accomplished flutist. In 1767, Bach found even better work
in Hamburg, succeeding Telemann as Kantor and music director there.
He composed the G major Sonate (aka Hamburg Sonate), in 1786.
The Sonate takes the flute to great heights with its florid passagework,
and beautiful, inventive melodies . The Rondo Presto, is a bit
in the style of Italian comic opera, and treats the continuo unusually,
directing the keyboard to play nothing but the bass notes, in
one of the great figureheads of the Baroque, composed a huge amount
of vocal and chamber music. One of the lesser known sets of pieces
are the 12 Fantasias for solo violin. While these are not the
towering masterpieces along the lines of J.S. Bach's solo Sonatas
and Partitas, they are inventive and delightful in their own right.
Small in scope, but big in charm and energy, they typically feature
three small movements in contrasting tempi and moods. The Paris
Quartets were written during a 7 month stay in that city, in 1737-38.
Telemann was invited there by musicians who had come to know and
like other works of his, through what were likely pirated editions.
It is speculated that he went in part, to gain the proper copyrights
to his works. Regardless of the reason for his travel, the Quartets
are a great result from this, and stand out as very fine music
indeed. They are written for flute, violin, and either cello or
viola da gamba, as the three upper parts, and Continuo. They are
only occasionally written like Trio Sonatas, as Telemann truly
takes the cello out of the realm of mere bass line doubling, with
independent lines and some of the most exquisite writing for this
instrument, such as in the final, haunting Chaconne (Modéré).
This Quartet is musically challenging for all involved, with unusual
rhythmic complexities, tempo changes, and surprising technical
Berkeley is in the New York Times "Travel Section."
How hip is that?
Meredith May informs and illuminates with her report
in the San Francisco Chronicle's "Paddling
with Purpose: Disabled Athletes Look to Make Canoeing a Paralympic
of Panel Feel Sept. 11 Was Avoidable" report David
Johnson and Jim Dwyer of the New York Times in the Sunday
West County Times.
George Avalos reports that worker's comp premiums
could be reduced by 20% to 45% in his "Overhaul
of Worker's Comp Set for Signing" in the West County
Times. But, this saving must be measured against recent premium
increases of 100%, 200% and even 300%.
Though the worker's comp problem has recently been
getting a lot of press, Jerry Victor tipped me to the problem
last year. Check 2003 posts to see. And, it's been a long standing
problem in California.
My neighbor, Sarah and her
sister's new book will be available later this year. I've seen
the printer's proof and though a children's book, Sarah's art
work is breathtaking to all.
Makes about 4 dozen
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 1/4 C. all purpose flour
1/2 C. Dutch cocoa powder
2 t. bkg powder
1/4 t. salt
8 T. (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temp.
1 1/3 C. light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 t. vanilla
1/3 C. milk
1C. confectioners sugar, plus more for rolling
1. Heat oven to 350 Chop chocolate and melt in doubleboiler. Set
aside to cool. sift flour, cocoa, bkg powder and salt together.
2. In the bowl of a heavy duty mixer fitted with the paddle attachment,
beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and
vanilla, and beat until well combined. Add melted chocolate. With
mixer on low speed, alternate adding dry ingredients and milk
until just combined. Divide dough into quarters, wrap with plastic
wrap and chill until firm, about 2 hrs.
3. On a clean countertop roll each portion of dough into a log
about 16"long and about 1" in diameter. Wrap logs in
plastic wrap and chill for 30 min. Cut each log into 1"pieces
and toss in confectioners sugar a few at a time. Shape into balls
in your hand and re-roll in conf. sugar. Place 2' apart on a parchment
lined baking pan. Bake until cookies have flattened and the sugar
splits on the top, 12 to 15 min.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool. These cookies will keep for a
week in an airtight tin, they also ship well.
This is a Martha Stewart recipe from her TV show. Kimar
Janine Johnson, John
Phillips' harpsichord-finisher, is also a fine fortepianist and
harpsichordist. In 1999 John produced her CD, J.S. Bach Works
for Harpsichord. The CD was put together as if a recital and contains,
in order of performance, the Well-Tempered Clavier Book II , Prelude
and Fugue in f#, BWV 883; English Suite No 2 in a, BWV 807; Well-Tempered
Clavier Book I, Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 846; Well-Tempered
Clavier Book II, Prelude and Fuge in G, BWV 884; English Suite
No 3 in g, BWV 808 and "Gott der Vater wohn' uns bei."
Chorale and Chorale Prelude. (This is Janinie's own arrangement
of "Gott der Vater wohn' uns bei.") Ms. Johnson
plays John's copy of a Grabner, 1739. Of the Grabners John writes
"There are good connections between the Grabners and J.S
Bach, A Grabner brother, Christian Heinrich, studied with Bach
in Leipzig [and] Bach would have frequently encountered the Grabners
and their instruments . . ." The works were programed by
Ms. Johnson to flow as in a concert and some are her favorites,
she specially likes the English Suite in g. ( I love her performance
of the a Suite.) As she would in a recital, Janine warms up on
the f# Prelude and Fugue. Then, limber and lose, she dances here
way through Suites. I enjoyed the bouncy Bouree from the
a Suite and the grave Sarabande from the Suite in g. For
contrast, the Suites are separated by two Preludes and Fugues
from the Well-Tempered Clavier. The program ends with the celebratory
"Gott der Vater wohn' uns bei" All-in-all, here
is a CD concert of real variety, delivered with understanding
and sensitivity, and accurately rendered by recordist, Jim Bartam.
This is not an all-sounds-the-same harpsichord recording! (The
CD was recorded in John's 9th Street workshop and John believes
that it accurately conveys that space and setting. John says that
the recital-like continuity is also a result of the short three-hour
recording-session, sometimes only with one take. How refreshing
it is to hear recorded like-live music! ) You can purchase a copy
from Janine Johnson. The cost is $12.00 with shipping in the U.S.
Her email is email@example.com
Janine Johnson is playing harpsichord in a concert
this month. She will be performing with Rachel Streeter, flute;
Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; and Joanna Blendulf, cello.
Their program includes
"Airs for the Seasons" by James Oswald
Trio in g minor H. XV:1 by Joseph Haydn
Sonata II in C major by Luigi Boccherini
Quartett in G major by Tommaso Giordani
Sonata in G major for Flute and Continuo by C.P.E.
Fantasia for Solo Violin in b minor by Georg P.
6th Quatuor in e minor by Georg P. Telemann
The concert will be held at St. Albans Episcopal
Church, at 1501 Washington Street in Albany, CA on Saturday, April
24th at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $18 and $15. Phone (510) 524-5661
#3 for more information and advance tickets. The concert is presented
by Healing Muses, a non-profit affiliate of the San Francisco
Early Music Society.
From the office
of Anthy Victor. Anthy is one of the owners of V & W Door.
"Barbie Hopes More Gear, New Guy
Will Attract Buyers"
reports Bloomberg News' Andria Cheng in the West County Times.
Berkeley High's Jazz
Band made Meredith May's "School
Notes" in the San Francisco Chronicle.
San Francisco Chronicle reporter, Jacob Adelman offers an appreciation
of Caffé Trieste in his "Caffe
Trieste Expanding Eastward from North Beach: Fabled coffee house
'introducing the best cappuccino' to West Berkeley's Left Bank."
Left Bank of what would that be?
and sometimes the
tiger gets you
Worker's Comp Deal is Reached" is a report by
Kate Folmar in the West County Times.
Also in the West County Times is a story
tragic death of one of Berkeley's teenagers.
Don Lee of the Los Angeles Times reports
in the West County Times that "More
Firms Plan to Flee California."
Saturday afternoon, John Phillips
and Susanne Hering held what I like to think was an Easter Concert.
In fact, it was a concert of Bach and the Couperins given to celebrate
the completion of John and Susanne's new workshop and office building.
(Though my sense is that this is more about beginnings than endings.)
Baroque violinist John Holloway, harpsichordist, Davitt Moroney,
and Baroque cellist, Joanna Blendulf filled John and Susanne's
elegant Bauhaus building to overflowing with beautifully baroque
sound. Their program was made up of Sonatas in e and G for Violin
and Basso Continuo by Bach, Louis Couperin's Pieces in C for Harpsichord,
a Francois Couperin Ordre in e for Harpsichord, and the
Chaconne in d for Solo Violin of Bach. This Baroque music
brought a sometimes almost unbearable beauty to our Potter Creek
neighborhood. Most entertaining were the movements from the Couperin
Ordre with their bouncing rhythms and changing hues. Most
moving was the d Chaconne, a close to religious experience. And,
the warm and dark Passacaille of the Louis Couperin Pieces
brought John's shop-cum-chamber-hall to life. But almost unnoticed
was cellist, Joanna Blendulf's quiet, firm, ground in the Bach
sonatas--an important support for fiery violinist, Holloway. Happily,
but unexpectedly, John's tall shop-space rendered all the music
accurately. John Holloway's violin is a Gagliano, Naples
1780, Joanna Blendulf's cello is a Timothy Johnson, 1999 after
Gagliano, Naples 1785, and Davitt Moroney played on one
of John's strong French instruments. (After the recital there
was a reception. The food was tasteful and excellently prepared
by Susanne and friends. The strawberries were sweet and juicy,
the asparagus spears perfect, and the baklava unbearably sweet.)
You can read more about Baroque
Holloway, harpsichordist, Davitt
Moroney, and Baroque cellist, Joanna
Blendulf through these, their links.
On July 31, 1944 French author
and Lockheed F-5 A pilot, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry disappeared
on a reconnaissance mission over the Mediterranean. In "St.
Exupery's Plane Wreck Located After Nearly 60 Years" an AP reporter writes "In France, the discovery
is akin to solving the mystery of where Amelia Earhart's plane
went down . . . ." Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote
the beautiful "The
In the last month much has
been written about our troops in Iraq not being properly equipped
for some of their missions. On October 30, 2003 I wrote "Do
our troops in Iraq have the proper equipment? Well, there's a
vehicle available specifically for internal security operations
and we don't have it. It offers much greater protection than our
soft skinned HUMVEEs. It is the Reumech OMC Casspir. A writer
for Jane's offers 'A unique feature of the Casspir is that it
has been designed to give its crew a high degree of protection
against anti-tank mines and for this reason the vehicle has a
very high ground clearance with the hull having a V-shape to help
deflect the blast from any mines.' More information and a photo
are at Jane's
John and Susanne's building at 933
Grayson Street is now finished.
Kava is breaking ground for his new building on
8th between Pardee and Carleton.
Much is now being made in the press about private
armies in Iraqi. On Janurary 28th I posted "I
missed Bay Area Sean Penn's revisit-to-Iraq stories that appeared
in the San Francisco Chronicle. If you did too, you can
read still read them. Check out Part
1 and Part
2 at SF Gate. It's good on-the-ground
stuff with the PMC information particularly chilling."
Ah, a new odor surrounds the
2700 block of 8th Street and beyond! A heavy smell, best described
as that of fresh-out-of-the-box-leather, was our guest in Potter
Creek around Noon yesterday.
in search of a bargain and for the thrill of the hunt, I frequent
discount stores--not necessarily to buy, just to look.
But recently, I did purchase a set of plastic food-storage containers,
called Lock and Lock at a fancy store. What appealed was that
they had a gasket, four snaps and a tight seal. They were priced
at about $1.50 each. At the A Dollar Warehouse, El Cerrito I found
a virtually identical item, same technology but no name brand
and at a fraction of the price--$1.00 for 2 containers, one big
and one small per package. They look so much alike that they could
have been made by the same manufacture. A Dollar Warehouse is
at 10730 San Pablo Avenue and their phone number is 510-559-9088.
is the first night of Passover.
Sometimes you get
In her "School Notes,"
San Francisco Chronicle reporter, Meredith May writes "Photography
teacher Lucinda Daly always has more students than cameras in
her photo classes at Berkeley High." Read more here.
Looking for an office-chair on which to sit in front
of my new computer, the last few days I found myself browsing
off and on through IKEA's Work area. I sat in all the office-chairs
from a $20.00 plastic thermoform model to a plush hundreds-of-dollars
soft leather, black beauty. Far and away the most comfortable
is the $19.99 Snille. This plastic
thermoformed chair comes on a fairly sturdy swivel-base and is
available in a variety of bright colors and basic black.
most enjoyable Classical CD that I've heard recently is the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yuri Simonov performing three
of Prokofiev's most popular works. This all-Prokofiev CD contains
a suite from Romeo and Juliet, Symphony No. 1 "Classical"
and the Lieutenant Kije Suite. It is Platinum 2876 (c1996).
best price I found is $5.69, new. It is as good a recorded digital production
as I've heard at any price!
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