November 2006





"Berkeley residents finally fed up with Pacific Steel.After conducting own 'swipe tests,' community members plan to protest foundry" reports Kristin Bender, of the Oakland Tribune. "Residents say tests of dust on outdoor surfaces near Pacific Steel Casting show toxic metal fallout, and community members are planning a march and rally to call attention to a decadeslong struggle for cleaner air. Frustrated by Pacific Steel's failure to release a legally mandated Health Risk Assessment, which tests air emissions at the foundry, west Berkeley residents did their own "swipe tests" at six businesses and homes near the plant."


Bob Kubik reports

Hoss Azimi the owner and architect of 1037 Pardee,
(between Fifi's and Yas), was by showing plans of
his proposed development to the neighbors.
It is to be four 3 bedroom units and an office
space in back - eight parking spaces -one for each
unit and four for the office. It will be three
stories tall with some accommodation for the neighbors
west and north.
All in all not a bad design and, perhaps, less
dense than the other planned developments.
Parking is really going to get tight around here
when all these two car families have one parking space.


Mal Sharpe is appearing at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore tomorrow night at 7:30 PM playing some of his Coyle and Sharp CDs, and talking. Dalloway's is on College between Russell and Ashby--check it out. Schtik from the '60s, Coyle and Sharpe are still VERY funny.


An exhibit of photos from our 1960s, "The Whole World's Watching," is now at the Berkeley Art Center. "The exhibition is organized in sections, addressing Civil Rights, Black Power and the Black Panthers, Berkeley and the Free Speech movement, the Peace Movement, the Feminist Revolution, the Rise of Latino Power, Cesar Chavez and La Huelga, Queer Defiance, Native American Activism and the beginning of the Environmental Movement" observes our Planet.

In our Planet, Justin DeFreitas recommends "PFA Celebrates the Genius of Janus." Some of the films to be shown are Truffaut's "Jules and Jim" and his "400 Blows," and Bergman's "The Seventh Seal."

And check out Internet Movie Database.


Among those seen in and around 900 recently were Mal and Sandra Sharpe--now back from a month in Greece, Sedge Thompson and crew, some of the secret movie-studio people, Barry Gifford, and John, and Pete, and Morgan, and Milo, and Sally, . . . and, . . . and, . .


Beats getting gunned-down at a Halloween celebration?

"Puzzling peril for poor people living among well-to-do" reports Sabin Russell of the Chronicle. "Poor people who live among well-to-do neighbors might be getting a taste of the good life, but there's a catch: The good life might be short. In a provocative new study by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers, low-income people who were living in higher-income neighborhoods died at substantially higher rates than the poor who were living among the poor. Mining data from a heart disease study that began in 1979, the researchers discovered that low-income women living in higher-income neighborhoods had a 70 percent higher risk of death during the study period than their wealthier neighbors. The risk profile was similar among men."






Pete's Potter Creek rain-gauge showed .35 inches so far this month--last night through this morning. Last month totaled .65 inches.


Last night Berkeley PD had dinner at Café Trieste. They came in black and whites and two of those nifty all-black Ford Interceptors.

Last week four chainsaws were stolen from a storage facility at the end of Grayson.


8:50 AM--SERIOUS irritant in entire warehouse, light-headed, leave.


Mary Baker Eddy would be proud.

"Berkeley church tops list of favorite landmarks" reports AP's Lisa Leff in the West County Times. "Berkeley's First Church of Christ, Scientist -- an Arts and Crafts-style structure designed by Bernard Maybeck -- emerged on top, with 18 percent of the vote."


Another reason to buy more Two-Buck-Chuck-red--Mary Baker Eddy would NOT approve.

"Red wine keeps getting better for health" writes Washington Post's Rob Stein in the Times. "A substance found in red wine protected mice from the ill effects of obesity, raising the tantalizing prospect that the compound could do the same for humans and may also help people live longer, healthier lives, researchers reported Wednesday."


"Wanted: Bikers' positive influence. Perata reaches out to Bay Area motorcycle groups to promote safer streets, youth activities" writes Cecily Burt, of the Oakland Tribune. "Violent times call for unorthodox solutions. So with Oakland's grim homicide toll at 126 and growing, state Sen. Don Perata surrounded himself Wednesday with the roar of Oakland's black motorcycle clubs."

Works for me.


11:22 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse, use mask.


today's photo from

Cliff Miller of the Richmond Ramblers Motorcycle Club




Pete's Potter Creek rain-gauge shows .3 inches from yesterday afternoon to this morning.

5:12 AM--ground emission in direction of Bayer--NW-- forms a cloud that blankets ALL of Potter Creek at low altitude--I mean ALL and I mean LOW. Could this be evaporating waste-water from one of west-Berkeley's manufacturers?

7:31 AM--irritant in front room, leave.

8:56 AM--irritant in warehouse, leave.





DON'T park in front of Potter Creek driveways.

The car blocking the driveway immediately to the east of David and Margret's was ticketed and towed about 12:30 PM today.


ALL AM--off-and-on, irritant in warehouse, headache, light-head, dry mouth. 1:57 PM--irritant immediately in front of 2743/41 8th Street. 2:49 PM--irritant immediately in front of 2743 8th accompanied by odor of "melting plastic and chlorine." 4:42 PM--irritant immediately in front of 2743/2741 8th Street, dry, mouth, sinus.

"Smell that" I asked Marsha "I don't know, my nose is stuffed up" Marsha replied.


"Artisan brewers thrive in the Wine Country" writes Thom Elkjer in the San Francisco Chronicle. "The large cool room is full of stainless steel tanks and the smell of fermentation. The proud artisan pops a cork and pours a sample from a 750-ml bottle, watching keenly for my reaction as I sniff, sip and spit. So far, it's like being in any other Wine Country cellar. Then the fermented beverage hits my tongue and lights it up with the savory flavors and yeasty natural carbonation of handmade, artisanal beer. The delicious mouthful I reluctantly consign to the floor drain is not a French-style red wine called Pinot Noir, but a Belgian-style golden ale called Damnation."


"Champion beers often unbottled, unnoticed. Consider our Beer of the Week: Pyramid's outstanding Crystal Weizen, which has won a string of prizes in blind tastings and professional judging across the country -- the latest a first-place gold medal in the competitive American Wheat category at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver" reports the West County Times.





9:49 AM--irritant in warehouse, headache, light head, dry mouth, dry throat, cough--air out. 9:55 AM--irritant also immediately in front of 2743/2741 8th Street. 1:36 PM--irritant in warehouse, dry mouth, headache, leave.






Be sure to vote tomorrow


I'm going to vote for Tom Bates for mayor.

For better and for worse Tom has taken us, some kicking and screaming, from the 1960s right into the 21st Century, where as Mort Saul has said, "the future lies ahead." And Tom also has lots of experience, has connections, brought the city council together, balanced the city budget, and helped get us the East Shore State Park. Besides, I like his nifty blue blazers.

The Chronicle Recommends:

Bates for Berkeley


Jerry Landis email on Proposition J.

While many landmark preservationists have a genuine
concern for the historical, cultural, architectural,
or educational significance of Berkeley's buildings
and neighborhoods, there are also those who see the
Landmark Preservation Ordinance as a means of
restricting further development. That's the job of the
Planning Department and ZAB. It's not a legitimate
function of the LPO, and its past abuse for that
purpose - the attempt to landmark undeserving
structures only to prevent new construction in their
place - has damaged the public regard for the LPO.
Measure J unfortunately reflects the goals of the
obstructionists over those of legitimate
preservationists. If you read part of J (page BEM -
25 of your Voter Information Pamphlet) you will see
that a structure may be designated a Berkeley landmark
even if it fails to meet the criteria for listing in
the California Register of Historic Resources, or even
if it has "lost its historic character or appearance".
In other words, almost any old structure in Berkeley,
however altered it may be, can be used to prevent or
delay a land use project. The revision of the LPO
embodied in Measure J is an excessive attempt to
control what Berkeley property owners may or may not
do with their land. A more reasonable revision can be


"ELECTION 2006: Berkeley Home prices among factors shifting city's usual politics" writes Carolyn Jones of the San Francisco Chronicle.


TIred of politics? Check this out!




"East Bay suffers additional job losses. Latest round of 125 cuts puts the number of lost jobs in manufacturing sector at 24,000 in the past six years" reports George Avalos of the West County Times.


In the Chronicle Gina Smith writes about "Favorite old flicks online."




Months ago, west-Berkeley's Karnack predicted a winner of our mayor's race, incuding the vote percentage, then sealed it in an envelope. I opened that envelope moments ago--our Karnack predicted that Tom Bates would win by sixty-some percent.


CONGRATS to Mayor Bates!


a Cuban reader

sends her portrait



Today, AP announced shortly before 10:00 AM our time that Don Rumsfeld has resigned as Secretary of Defense.

Well Ok then!




"Major homebuilders report slump" reports Deborah Yao of the AP in the West County Times. "In a sign of a deepening housing slump, two major homebuilders on Tuesday reported steep declines in new orders and weaker fourth-quarter results."




Ed Bradley, reporter and jazz-fan has died. He was 65.


I'm told architects are working on the Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl interior.


Nick, a 900 GRAYSON chef, is also the drummer in the punk band, Sahn Maru. Sahn Maru is going on a European tour--check out their new 7-inch record.


"Buster Keaton's 'General' Pulls In To PFA" reports our Planet.

And, actor Will Farrell says that "Borat" is the funniest movie he's ever seen and that it's "It's fearless and fierce."


"One of Berkeley's neighborhood services liaisons, Michael Caplan, got a new job Thursday when he was named acting manager of the city's Office of Economic Development" reports Richard Brenneman of our Planet.


Today, PBS news-anchor and ex-Marine, Jim Lehrer, delivered an address at opening of the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico. Today is the 231st Anniversary of the Corps.





Pete and Julie's program, "Alternate Tunings: the Harpsichord" will, for sure, be broadcast on KALX at 9:00 AM this Wednesday morning, November,15. Definitely check it out--I heard the final mix last week on CD and it's informative AND entertaining. John Phillips' interview--the basisof the program--is worthy.


Pete's Potter Creek rain gauge showed .26 inches from Friday PM to Saturday AM, and for Sunday PM to this morning, .20 inches.

As the rainy season begins you can find more information about our current weather conditions than is good for you at

Want to see weather coming in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor, Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets more hits the Scrambled Eggs.


I'm left with some memories of Republican dominance.

The first, the admission by Conservative reporters, the likes of David Brooks, that Karl Rove's strategy was to make the Republicans so dominant as to become our only political party. I find this chilling as it verges on a coup. Second, the critical comments by SERVING general officers of their civilian leadership. In the short run I found them relevant, in the long run they can only weaken the civilian control of our military, so important to our Democracy.

Finally, I supported the war and President Bush as C-in-C. Beyond that, when asked by often angry friends why I supported the President, I replied his arrogance can only increase the contradictions in the ruling class between what IS and what we ARE TOLD. His arrogance has, in fact, done just that.


2:40 PM--SERIOUS irritant in entire warehouse, use mask.





What's miltary service in Iraq like? Read between the lines in this letter to motorcycle journalist, Peter Egan. It's from Squad Leader, David Vickers, A Company, 1/506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. (Egan's writing often touches the heart of motorcycling.)

"Mr, Egan, my name is David Vickers . . . . I am writing you from Ar-Ramadi-Iraq. Your books . . . and articles have helped keep my mind off the hardships that we face here. Your words express many of the same feelings that I feel for motorcycles and the freedom they give. I used some of my combat pay to buy a new Ducati GT 1000 in silver and have spent many hours poring over maps planning trips. I have one laid out with a fellow squad leader to go from Fort Campbell to Lynchburg, Tennessee, to pick up some single-barrel. From Lynchburg, its backroads into Birmingham, Alabama, with a stop at Barber Motosports Park. After a night of BBQ and whiskey, we head to Memphis along the curviest roads we can find. In Memphis, we will immerse ourselves in blues, booze and more BBQ. The last day will have us finding the long way back to Fort Campbell. There are many more trips planned. Again, thank you for the distraction. You will never know how much it helps."

reprinted from Cycle World, December 2006


Pete's Potter Creek rain gauge showed .55 inches from PM yesterday to this morning.


"Environmentalists Protest Pacific Steel Emissions"
reports Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet. "Gas masks, air filters and angry posters marked the Pacific Steel Casting protest rally on Saturday, which drew more than 250 protesters."

I posted Jerry Landis' Prop J email--see 11/6/06 post-- for several reasons, one being that Jerry felt our Planet was not giving Prop J a fair airing.


"City Council votes to sue to stop UC's stadium plan. Upgrade called unsafe because site straddles Hayward Fault" reports Carolyn Jones of the San Francisco Chronicle. "With the Cal football team poised for its first Rose Bowl berth since the Eisenhower administration, the city of Berkeley is planning a lawsuit to derail an extensive stadium complex promised to coach Jeff Tedford."




The French School's 7th Grade is off in the mountains.


Sarah entertained a dozen or so fellow children's book illustrators yesterday.


If our activits need more to do, how about getting trash-cans on our busy street-corners and fixing our Potter Creek streets--some are damn bicycle-dangerous.


"Berkeley passes creek compromise" writes Martin Snapp of the West County Times. "The Berkeley City Council loosened the restrictions on Tuesday for people who want to build near a creek, but not as much as property owners had hoped for. The Council shortened the setback requirements for structures near a culverted creek, from 30 feet to 15, and voted to require only a use permit. But by a 6-3 vote, it upheld the recommendation of the Creeks Task Force to require a variance for construction on a vacant lot within 30 feet, or expansion of an existing structure within 25 feet, of an open creek."


"And Fiscal shortfall ahead, Berkeley manager warns" writes Snapp. "Last June the Berkeley City Council celebrated the end of four years of cost cutting that slashed $20 million from the budget and trimmed the city's workforce by 10 percent. But on Tuesday City Manager Phil Kamlarz told the lawmakers the party's over. He blamed the new austerity on the end of the real estate boom, which had been pumping unanticipated revenues into the city's General Fund via the property transfer tax."


And Kristin Bender and Michelle Maitre report "University postpones vote on complex. City officials say they will wait to sue over the Cal plans until the regents OK the environmental report. A legal showdown between the city of Berkeley and its flagship university has been postponed -- at least for now -- after university leaders delayed action Tuesday on an environmental report for campus plans to build a high-end sport complex and renovate Memorial Stadium. But even before the regents met, the Berkeley City Council met in closed session late Monday, authorizing a lawsuit over UC Berkeley's plans to build the complex and massive parking lot near the seismically unsafe stadium."





A break-in at 900 GRAYSON last night was foiled, apparently by their state-of-the art alarm system. Thieves attempted to get into 900 GRAYSON but after breaking the back-door window did not enter.


Kruse and company had lunch at 900 GRAYSON yesterday--filled the ten-top, they did.


Not only does 900 now have a house copy of our Planet but recently I've seen the Wall Street Journal there as well.


East Bay Nursery's Christmas trees are now decorated and sometimes lighted.


"Berkeley solar cell company to be sold. SunPower officials say acquisition of PowerLight may help cut selling prices" reports Rick Jurgens of the West County Times. "PowerLight Corp., a fast-growing Berkeley company that designs and operates large commercial solar power systems, has agreed to be purchased by a San Jose-based maker of silicon-based solar cells and panels in a stock and cash deal valued at $332.5 million."


"Home sales plunge in October" reports Barbara E. Hernandez of the Times.


"Treasures tell story of resilience: Art gives face to those interned"
writes Robert Taylor. "They gathered shells from dry lake beds and pieced them together into tiny floral corsages. They gathered abandoned animal traps, softened the metal in coal-burning stoves, and made carving tools. They unraveled the waxy string of an onion sack and wove it into baskets. Then, when the Japanese-Americans were released from the bleak internment camps where they spent much of World War II, they found their way home, packed the art and crafts away, and got on with their lives."


6:57 AM--irritant in front room.




The quote of the week, Bob Kubik's "Now the Democrats get to have the sex and corruption scandals."


"This West Berkeley Landmark Is a Proud Survivor"
writes Daniella Thompson in our Planet. "The Church of the Good Shepherd, situated on the corner of Ninth Street and Hearst Avenue, was one of the first nine structures designated City of Berkeley Landmarks on Dec. 15, 1975. It is the oldest church building standing in Berkeley, as well as the oldest in continuous use by its founding congregation in the entire East Bay."


"Toxic Trucks: Smog Means Asthma For Low-Income Californians"
reports Viji Sundaram in our Planet. "When Jannat Muhammad's 7-year-old grandniece developed asthma back in 2000, Muhammad was pained but not surprised. After all, many of the child's schoolmates at Verde Elementary in North Richmond were succumbing to the disease with numbing regulatory."

14 percent of children in the U.S have asthma, reports NBC Network News.


5:31 PM--irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of 2741/43 8th Street.




More jobs for Berkeley! REDICO, a development company from Detroit, is in contract for the purchase of the large property on San Pablo Avenue a block or so south of Ashby--the big building and surrounding property on the west side of the street are now owned by the University. The site is jointly in Oakland, Emeryville and Berkeley and will be developed as a bio-tech facility.


Bob Kubik sends this link to "Arts & Letters Daily." Check it out!





"Campus dwelling puts on green face: Students help plan, furnish eco-friendly apartment, and occupants say lifestyle isn't that hard" reports Michelle Maitre in the West County Times. "Already home to the nation's first eco-friendly dorm room -- has expanded its 'green' footprint this year with a two-bedroom apartment that showcases sustainable living."


"Housing construction falls sharply. Building activity hits lowest level in six years as boom becomes recession" reports the AP's Martin Crutsingerin the West County Times.


"Home foreclosures are on the rise.
Experts blame a lagging market, rising mortgage payments, often because ARMs are resetting to higher interest rates" reports Eve Mitchell in the Times.


And, "Officials try to snuff out wood fires" writes Denis Cuff in the Times. "Bay Area residents, who drove less in the summer to 'Spare the Air,' will be asked for the first time this winter to give up wood fires in stoves and fireplaces to limit smoke on dirty air nights. Stricter new health standards to protect the public from soot have changed the threshold for when pollution regulators will ask for voluntary cooperation in not burning wood fires on dirty nights. The winter pollution season begins Monday and extends through Feb. 16."

1:00 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, use mask. No surrounding manufacturers appear to be operating. Tulip Graphics, Inlite, Consolidated Printing, etc are not up and running this Sunday afternoon.




An office window was broken at École Bilingue last night. Berkeley PD Crime Scene Unit took prints.

Yup, it's that time of year again.


"UC oaks may face the ax" writes Carolyn Jones of the San Francisco Chronicle. "Few things in Berkeley are as sacred as a coast live oak. The gnarled Berkeley natives are protected by city law, supported by a council resolution and are a favorite of environmentalists. But that might not be enough to save 38 coast live oaks from UC's plan to clear part of a grove next to Memorial Stadium to make way for an athletic training center promised to football coach Jeff Tedford." Well, after the last two games one could hard disagree with the need for training. Still . . .


"Berkeley's first and most nationally honored landmark, the First Church of Christ Scientist, is $118,000 richer this week, thanks to Internet voters" writes Richard Brenneman of the Daily Planet.


And, "Vacant office space in Berkeley is growing scarce, says commercial real estate broker John Gordon" writes Brenneman

"Housing prices expected to drop more: Berkeley economist says recovery will take 3 or 4 years" reports Marni Leff Kottle of the Chronicle.

Another Contrarian victory? Seems to me one of the unintended consequences of opposing new housing is the still high Berkeley real-estate prices.

For a study in Contrarianism see "Little Big Man."

1:41PM--irritant in front room 2:13 PM warehouse filled with irritant and "melting plastic-chlorine" odor.





There is a God and She loves old Jews


Lipofsky at a Chicago deli with a bagel, cream cheese, tomato, onion, and lox






1:46 PM--irritant in entire warehouse. Marsha has headache, is light-headed, has dry-lips, coughs, has runny nose. Adams and Chittenden Scientific Glass' "gold processing" exhaust-unit is on. No other surrounding manufactures appear to be operating--it is Thankgiving Friday. Also, area between back of 2743/2741 8th building and back of 2748 9th building filled with same irritant plus slight odor. And slight, and similar irritant also present off-and-on on north-side of 900 Grayson block and corner of Grayson and 9th, leave.

3:05 PM--return, irritant present. Adams and Chittenden Scientific Glass' "gold processing" exhaust-unit is on. Air-out warehouse.




Open studios at the Saw-tooth today. Go buy some stuff!


Want honest-to-goodness"home made donuts?" Check out Rainbow Donuts, 2025 San Pablo. Try an old fashion with chocolate frosting and jimmies, or a jelly filled--they filled mine while I waited. The donuts are big, heavy, fried, and only a little sugary. And real honest. Their phone is (510) 644-2028.

Then stop in True Value Hardware, down the block at 2043 San Pablo--an old-time hardware store with a wood-board floor and filled with basic goods. Phone (510) 8434881.


"Cameras could keep eye on Berkeley marina" reports Doug Oakley in the West County Times. "Berkeley is considering using surveillance cameras to reduce car thefts, break-ins and assaults at its marina."


"East Bay housing inventory stacks up" writes Barbara E. Hernandez of the Times.


"Future is bright for military institute. After a rocky few years, the school's first cadets are applying for college, with extraordinary success" reports Chris Metinko of the Times. "Cody Kopowski is straightforward and blunt when talking about the Oakland Military Institute -- the school he has called his own since it opened its doors in fall 2001. 'I attribute all my accomplishments and successes I've had so far to the institute,' said Kopowski, sitting upright and sure. Kopowski, an East Oakland resident, is one of two seniors at the school applying to West Point. 'The institute has meant everything.' "

And "Students rebuild holiday tradition" writes Katy Murphy.






For the first three weeks of November, site visits are up 100% from the same period last year and browsing time is up 400%.


"Concept of 'hybrid democracy' avoids two-party gridlock: Californians are fed up with bipartisan bickering and are pushing for new system, top pollsters say" writes Steve Geissinger in the West County Times. "Expect surprises. It's no longer politics as usual. Want to overhaul the Legislature into a single nonpartisan house? How about creating universal health care or a bullet train? Voters may soon get the chance."





Pete's Potter Creek rain gauge shows .55 inches from Sunday PM to this morning AM--David's, a little more for a little longer time.

And Pete and Julie's second "Alternate Tunings," "The Carillon" will air on KALX at 9:00 AM this Wednesday, November 29. I heard a CD of an early mix and it's informative, flows smoothly, and is VERY FUNNY.


Our David Bowman emails about his open studio

We're having an open studio of our metal works down near Magic Gardens and the Berkeley Art Foundry and the Mahea Uchiyama International Dance Center at the end of Heinz next weekend and would be pleased to have our Potter Creek neighbors come by. It's David M Bowman Studio at 729 Heinz #3 - 11-5 Friday, Saturday and Sunday December 1-3.


And our Annie K has a story in the Planet.


And talk about hiding your light under a basket, I just found out that over two weeks ago one of west-Berkeley's leading citizen's good friend was featured in the Chronicle.


"Grant program seeks a solution to pollution" reports Denis Cuff of the West County Times. "In an unusual local attack on a worldwide problem, the Bay Area's air pollution control district is devoting $3 million in grants to inspire new ways of reducing global warming gases. . . . To expand the pot of grant money, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District also is considering teaming with businesses to create a nonprofit foundation to solicit private donations."


"Road ecology paves way to understanding of how highways can co-exist with wildlife" writes the Times' Kiley Russell.


"Car creations push it to 'Max'" writes James Temple of the Times. "Marisa Lenhardt doesn't decelerate, doesn't check her mirrors, doesn't react at all as the police cruiser pulls in behind her 1979 Cadillac De Ville. Despite what one might assume, twin flame throwers welded to the rear of a car don't necessarily make it illegal. Ditto for a roof-mounted gun turret."





900 GRAYSON'S Chris and Heather Saulnier had a baby girl at 1:20 PM today. Named Margot, she and Mom are doing well--don't know about Chris. Heather was two weeks overdue and had been in some sort of labor for the last four days. Margot's a Sagittarius with moon in Aries.

Sally emails YEAH!


900 GRAYSON catered Thanksgiving dinner for 20 at the Haas' in Pacific Heights.


While walking down 8th to lunch at 900 yesterday I met the Frazier brothers, Freddie and Antoine. 48 and 49, they grew up in Potter Creek, lived in the house next to the now secret-movie-studio-building, climbed the now OSH water-tower to catch pidgeons, played baseball in what was the soap-factory parking lot, and bought their bubble gum at the old, old 900 GRAYSON.

"That used to be the pound" they said, pointing to the low building on the south-west corner of 8th and Grayson.


900 has some new selections on their lunch menu. Check out Persephone, Chinatown Confit, Rapini, and Succú.


Some weeks past I mentioned that DW-TV did a feature on gourmet historic food like Medieval cabbage and, . . . weeds. "I don't know about weeds" mused Kimar. Well, check out Leslie Harlib's "Bull thistle pesto? Sauteed stinging nettles? Just when foodies thought America's growing trend toward organic sustainable foods was at the forefront of healthy eating, there's an even more dramatic idea gaining attention: Weeds" in the West County Times.

Kimar's youngest son Jeff wrote the script for the new-to-me Texas Instrument HD-TV radio ad "It's the mirrors." Jeff gives a sense of HD-TV's detailed picture through words alone. Check it out! Jeff and his partner did the TI's HD-TV television ads--the little girl and George-the-elephant, also "It's the mirrors."


The whole roof has been removed from Acme's new building.


"Workers' comp costs likely to fall" reports the Times' Marton Dunai. "Hundreds of thousands of California employers can expect their workers' compensation costs to decrease Jan. 1, when the state agency that dictates the market reduces its premiums."




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