Steve and Niko
I'm done trying to get my
children to eat their damn vegetables!
POSTS FROM THE
I've always loved Twinkies
and in the '80s when Kimar, Moe and a bunch of us few to London
on Pan Am, as we got right over the Pole the hostess served me
theTwinkies and milk that Kimar had slipped her on boarding. But
"maybe Twinkies don't last forever after all. The manufacturer
of the iconic American treat, Kansas City, Mo.-based Interstate
Bakeries Corp., declared bankruptcy last year and announced plans
last week to shutter two San Francisco factories. As it teeters
on the brink of solvency, many local consumers bemoan the possible
loss of the ladyfinger-shaped sponge cake" reports James
Temple of the West County Times.The sad story is here.
"Writer strips the Twinkie of all its secrets:Man
overcomes nature, 'vice president of cake' to learn snack's origins"
reports Suzanne Bohan in our Times.
"When Steve Ettlinger
donned a hard hat, a head lamp and emergency breathing equipment
before his alarming descent 1,600 feet into Wyoming mine shaft,
he wondered whether his quest to find the natural sources of all
39 ingredients in Hostess Twinkies'had gone too far.
'As a food writer, I'd really
gone astray," he told a crowd of about 100 Google employees
earlier this month at the company's Mountain View headquarters.
To complement the author's
talk, chefs at Google prepared organic versions of Twinkies for
the event, using locally-raised or procured products to make the
almond-flavored, cream-filled pastries.
Ettlinger traversed the country
and hopped the globe, touring plants, mines and refineries to
find the actual origins of the almost unpronounceable ingredients
used to make Twinkies. His young daughter's puzzlement over a
strange-sounding one called polysorbate 60 listed on her ice cream
bar label inspired his quest, which led to
the publication of his book, 'Twinkie, Deconstructed.' The hardcover
version was released last year, and the softcover book is due
out on Feb. 26.
'This is a terrific book
that really opened my eyes, and I don't know of another book quite
like it,' said Michael Pollan, the Berkeley-based best-selling
food and nature author, most recently of 'In Defense of Food:
An Eater's Manifesto.'
Although Ettlinger chose
Twinkies for his in-depth exploration on food additives, he's
quick to point out that the book is a treatise on processed foods
Hostess Twinkie's ingredient
Enriched bleached wheat flour
[flour, ferrous sulfate, "b" vitamins
(niacin, thiamine, mononitrate (b1), riboflavin (b2) folic acid)],
sugar, corn syrup, water, high fructose corn syrup, partially
hydrogenated vegetable shortening (contains one or more of: soybean,
canola or palm oil), dextrose, whole eggs, contains 2 percent
of: modified cornstarch, cellulose gum, whey, leavenings (sodium
pyrophosphate, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), salt, cornstarch,
corn flour, corn dextrins, mono and digylcerides, polysorbate
lecithin, natural and artificial flavors, soy protein isolate,
stearoyl lactylate, sodium and calcium caseinate, calcium sulfate,
sorbic acid (to retain freshness), color added (yellow 5, red
May contain peanuts or traces of peanuts.
Google alternative recipe:
Organic cake flour, sugar,
organic cream, organic butter, organic
eggs, organic milk, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract,
extract, baking powder, cream of tartar, salt.
Healthy alternative recipe?
Maybe Richard of Eight Street's
thought in some way applies to original Twinkies. "You gonna
die of somethin'."
FROM THE PAST
"A eulogy for the humble Hostess Twinkie" Adam Bernstein, washingtonpost.com.
"Twinkies, the unpretentious,
freakishly versatile and seemingly indestructible snack pastry
dubbed 'the cream puff of the proletariat,' died Friday of complications
from economic reality.
Texas-based Hostess Brands
announced it would shutter operations amid a debilitating labor
dispute. Twinkies were 82."
"Dollars to Donuts"
Twinkies will rise from the dead!
Look for both "medical
marijuana" dispensaries, 40 Acres and 3 PG to be closed sooner-than-later.
40 acres landlord's eviction proceedings have been upheld in court
and 3PG has been officially labeled a nuisance by the city. 40
Acres is on San Pablo north of University and 3PG on Sacramento
north of Ashby. Both are African-American owned.
"Guards sought for news crews in Oakland" Demian Bulwa at sfgate.com.
"The violent robbery
of a television news crew outside an Oakland school last week
was the latest in a series of similar incidents in a city where
the rate of strong-arm robberies and holdups is surging.
But the brazenness of the
attack - which occurred during a live broadcast in the middle
of the day - has brought fresh urgency to the problem.
Union officials who represent reporters at most of the Bay Area's
major television and radio stations said Tuesday they had asked
the broadcasters to immediately hire security guards to accompany
news crews when they are in Oakland. At least one station has
already enlisted guards, and others are considering it."
"Berkeley sued for negligence in man's
killing" is an AP
"The family of a man
beaten to death by an intruder 15 minutes after calling police
for help is suing Berkeley for negligence.
Cukor called police on a nonemergency line in February to report
a stranger in his garage.
The Alameda County lawsuit
filed Thursday says police didn't show up and suspect Daniel Jordan
DeWitt eventually knock down and dragged Cukor to his front yard
where he was beaten to death with a large flower pot."
There is some agreement across
the political spectrum that Our Town's recent election was the
dirtiest in years. But, I believe the election's real signifiance
is the Mayor's re-election as-well-as the re-election of councilmembers
who largley support him. Look for four years of a full court press
toward Da Boz' vision and his legacy.
Through closely following
the election, I have gained new respect for Da Boz' political
and his staff's insight and commitment. Oh yah, . . . then there's
Ms Boz, State Senator Hancock.
shrewdness, acuity, sharpness, sharp-wittedness, cleverness, smartness,
brains; judgment, understanding, awareness, sense, common sense,
canniness, discernment, wisdom, wit, sagacity, perspicacity, insight,
perception, penetration; savvy, know-how, horse sense, smarts,
"University Of California Deals With Wall
Street Banks Could Wipe Out Prop 30 Gains, Report Says" at huffingtonpost.com.
"Earlier this month,
California voters passed Proposition 30, a ballot measure containing
a number of tax increases that will help avoid drastic cuts to
the state's higher education system.
But according to a recent
UC Berkeley report, all of those gains could be wiped out by a
series of deals made by University of California administrators.
Many of those officials, the report notes, have close ties to
Wall Street firms making millions in profits from the state's
The report, titled 'Swapping
Our Future: How Students And Taxpayers Are Funding Risky UC Borrowing
And Wall Street Profits,' charges that the University of California
system has lost almost $57 million dollars on deals so far --
and the losses are continuing at a rate of some $750,000 each
month. Potential loses, it claims, may reach up to another $200
During the last decade, UC
schools issued a number of bonds to finance medical centers in
San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles. It's common practice
for institutions issuing long-term bonds to enter into deals called
interest rate swaps as a way to manage risk. Typically, bonds
have interest rates that can rise and fall over time; however,
the variability of these rates introduces a measure of uncertainty.
Institutions like the University
of California would much rather know exactly how much it's going
to cost to service their debt rather than face the possibility
of a spike in interest rates, so they enter into agreements with
banks that swap variable rates for fixed ones.
At first, interest rate swaps
seemed a prudent way to mitigate risk. But these deals were struck
immediately before the onset of the financial crisis, which caused
interest rates to drop to historic lows. UC administrators took
out a quarter of a billion dollars worth of interest rate swaps
in 2007 alone, just about the worst possible time to make a bet
that rates would rise."
"Seattle police roll out new rules on pot" New York Times at sfgate.com.
"Stoner humor just got a lot more complicated.
Back in the days when Cheech
and Chong were more risque than wrinkled, it wafted along as one
of those cultural subgenres, with its own nudge-and-wink punch
lines. If you got it and laughed, you implicated yourself - and
laughed again. The police mostly kept their faces straight.
But now the prospect of legalized
marijuana in small amounts for personal use - approved by voters
in Washington state and Colorado on election day - is creating
a buzz of improvisation, from local law enforcement agencies up
through state government."
And a curious, dark and paranoid
view of The Guardians is explored in"Berkeley
Officer Murray opening the door to living space without a warrant,
and finding flash in eyes" at indybay.org.
"The Berkeley police
used a domestic dispute one apartment over as an excuse to enter,
even though the dispute was contained in only one apartment and
had nothing to do with the living space the officer was illegally
opening and attempting to enter.
Flash in the eyes. It's a
reasonable response to an unreasonable situation. The door was
unlocked; that is not an invitation for a police officer to knock
on the door until the door "somehow opened on it's own"
(stupid stupid stupid explanation)... well certainly wasn't expecting
flash in eyes.
A warrant? No. A investigation?
No. A suspicion? No. Flash in the eyes? Yes.
Just want to see what was
behind the door? Flash in the eyes. That's what is behind the
door. Flash in the eyes. Open the door and you get your picture
taken. That's just the way it's going to be. And at night, there's
a flash... in the eyes. If you don't want your picture taken with
flash in the eyes, probably just best not to open the door at
Why is this discussion even
happening? Why is it necessary for these words to be typed? What
is it about this situation the Berkeley police have a hard time
comprehending? Just being curious about what is behind the door
is not enough. That's just simply not enough, and it shouldn't
have to be explained. Stay away from residential doors without
warrants or calls for assistance - that should be simple enough
This is an example of what
happens when there is no accountability for the police. The Berkeley
city manager won't touch the police, the city council won't, mayor
won't, Berkeley police review commission won't, peace and justice
commission won't. They have the Occupy Berkeley raid scandal,
the Cukor (murder victim) scandal, the Oakley (reporter) scandal,
harassing sidewalk sitters fiasco, and now the open the door without
a warrant and get flash in your eyes debacle. It just doesn't
stop with the Berkeley police, because nobody wants to be in charge
and take responsibility for their actions. The UC chief is being
reassigned to Calistoga, a result of crossing the line, crossing
the community standards. The Berkeley chief Meehan crosses those
same standards, but repeatedly gets lauded by a weak city government
that frankly appears to be afraid of its own police department.
POST FROM THE PAST
" What Makes the City of Berkeley Police
Department Unique? asks
"Sgt. Mary Kusmiss details
the many historical accomplishments of the Berkeley Police Department
in this week's Q&A.
Is there anything that makes BPD Unique or different from other
Answer by Sgt. Mary C. Kusmiss S-6 BPD Public Information
'The City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) has a rich history
that contributed to the foundations of many departments across
California, the United States and the field of law enforcement
as a whole.
The first chief of police, August Vollmer, is considered by many
to be the 'father of modern law enforcement.' "
END POST FROM THE
"In reaction to Hostess layoffs, Gov. Chris Christie
refuses to discuss Twinkies: 'It's
bad that I even said the word TWINKIE'
The self-aware New Jersey governor - the butt of many fat
jokes - refused to answer a question about Twinkies at a press
conference Friday," a video excerpt at nydailynews.com.
"Chevron pipe dispute could deter restart" Jaxon Van Derbeken at sfgate.com.
of its Richmond oil refinery has become embroiled in a dispute
over what kind of pipe will prevent a repeat of last summer's
disastrous fire - with federal experts warning that the metal
the company has chosen failed at another refinery this year.
The dispute could jeopardize
Chevron's plans to have the refinery back in full operation by
January, a company official said Monday."
Cheez, that Air Board director
looks just like, . . . Da Boz!
Pete Hurney sends a link
to motorcyclistcafe.com about
"Bill Connor, an impossibly
fit and healthy 82 year old British engineer, has a rather unusual
hobby and some friends and I got a close up look at the results
of a lifetime's passion last weekend.
Bill makes engines. Perfect
half size replicas of the 'real thing' (he even makes his own
tiny spark plugs!) they all run, and sound just like the real
Pete's Potter Creek rain
total for this week's storm is 1.4 inches
"French Flair on Four Wheels the La Vision
de Voisin," Mullin
Automotive Museum is at wsj.com.
entrepreneur Peter Mullin, long a fan of all objects from the
art deco period, opened the Mullin Automotive Museum nearly three
years ago to display his collection of more than 100 pre-World
War II Bugattis, Delahayes and Talbot-Lagos. The museum's permanent
collection of these French luxury cars was reason enough to make
the trek to its unlikely setting-a business park heavy on utility
and low on design in this unremarkable coastal community [Oxnard]
an hour northwest of downtown Los Angeles. But now there is even
more reason to come."
"Wall Street Kept Winning on Mortgages
"Rebecca Black abandoned
her dream house on Hazelwood Road in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2010,
a year after the recession ended.
As the U.S. economy grew,
Black's world shrank. Today she rents an apartment about the size
of her old living room and works for the same $12 an hour she's
earned for years.
If Thomas F. Marano takes a late lunch, he makes more money in
a single morning than Black does all year. Marano once led the
team at Bear Stearns Cos. that bought Black's mortgage in 2005
and thousands of other subprime loans to sell to investors.
During the 2000s housing
boom, they both won -- Black got a home and Marano made millions.
In the aftermath of the longest
economic downturn since the Great Depression, only one of them
900 GRAYSON had the busiest Saturday ever last week.
"An Animated Open Letter to President Obama
on the State of Science Education"
a video at brainpickings.org.
"Reigniting the spark
of physics in an education ethos stuck 150 years in the past.
Many of us living in the
United States have recently taken a massive exhale at the triumphant
news of four more years of sanity and progress. But it isn't all
unicorns and rainbows for President Obama, who will have to address
some serious challenges. The fine folks of MinutePhysics - who
have previously explained why the color pink doesn't exist, why
the past is different from the future, and why it's dark at night
- have zoomed in one of them in this animated open letter to the
President, addressing an astonishing gap in physics education:
Namely, the fact that most high school curricula cover none of
the physics breakthroughs that have taken place in the past 150
years, including 'the topic of every single Nobel Prize in physics
sincealways.' MinutePhysics advises the President to take a cue
from Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, and Neil deGrasse Tyson - men
'committed 100% to the dissemination of the awesomeness of the
universe' - and reignite the educational spark of physics.
The United States: A country
with 5,000 nuclear weapons, birthplace of the world's computing
and telecommunications industry, home of the first atomic clock,
and creator of the Global Positioning System. Chances are, if
you just took regular American high school physics, you don't
know one iota behind the science behind those things. That's because
high school physics students across most of America are not required
to learn about pretty much any physical phenomena discovered or
explained more recently than 1865. Yes, 1865. That's the year
the Civil War ended and well over a decade before Albert Einstein
was even born.
Sadly, even if modern physics
were required in high school, the question of how much that would
actually promote an understanding of physics is a different matter
- you needn't look further than the latest data on state science
standards to sigh in desperation . . ."
And, . . . I'm taking the
liberty of posting neighbor, Merryll's
Susan Brooks @ the Studio
for Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios
11-6 p.m. weekends
Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23
(Also Dec. 20-21 12-5 p.m. & Dec. 24 11-2 p.m. and every Thursday
Berkeley Artisans Holiday
2547 Eighth Street #24a @
(25 artists in the Sawtooth building will be open)
Tak Nakamoto emails
Is it just coincidence that
you often mention Twinkies on the same pages as Medical Marijuana?
END MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS
Leo Tolstoy once said, "Everyone
thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself"
and Paul Valery said, "Everything changes but the avant-garde."
"Are You a Character-Based Leader?" is a question answered at forbes.com.
"Making Tiny Things Glorious With Photomicrography" Juliana Jiménez Jaramillo at slate.com.
or Culex pipiens, 10x. David Maitland
"Two inventions that
revolutionized the world, the microscope and camera, offer us
glimpses of worlds that were previously inaccessible to humans.
Brought together as photomicrography, they offer visual insight
into tiny objects that mostly pass people by. A fly's eye, a cardinal's
feather, a shark's skin."
Alan Alda on "Future Cars" is a Scientific America production on Iowa Public
television. Since this hour video was produced (5-10 years ago)
the majors have decided on electric and hybrid vehicles as the
cars of the future, hydrogen being placed on the back burner.
Notice the Ford technicians at the experimental hydrogen fillup
station wear "friction free" suits to prevent sparks.
"Hydrogen go boom."
POST FROM THE PAST
"High-Speed Video Shows How Hummingbirds
Stay Dry" video
"It's a question with
the deceptive simplicity of a zen koan: How does a hummingbird
"It's not by staying
out of the rain. Instead, as shown in a series of high-speed videos
that reveal what's hidden to the naked eye by time, hummingbirds
shake themselves like dogs."
END POST FROM THE
"Police probe death of Berkeley man, 27" is a report at sfgate.com.
"Police are investigating
the death of a 27-year-old Berkeley man and UC Berkeley alumnus
who was found in the Oakland hills over Thanksgiving weekend.
Brendan McManus, who had
been reported missing early Wednesday, was found around 9 a.m.
Saturday in the Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve in the Oakland
hills, said Lt. Ed Spiller of the Berkeley Police
Department. McManus was wearing a blue jacket and had a backpack,
McManus's death is under
investigation, but the apparent lack of signs of foul play has
led police to suspect he committed suicide, Spiller said. He appears
to have been dead for more than a day before he was found."
"Albany repeals University Village development
agreement" by Damin
"The City Council on
Monday voted 5-0 to repeal its development agreement with the
University of California for the proposed University Village development
on San Pablo Avenue. However, the repeal -- if finalized -- will
not stop the university from proceeding with its development."
The real story here is that
UC will get what it wants, regardless. This project has been carefully
planned and slowly implemented over many years.
Of Bay Area development as
a whole, Edward Del Beccaro opines in the Mercury News' "Bay
Area economy among''healthiest' metro areas in U.S."
"The East Bay is characterized
by anemic growth, but growth nonetheless. The Port of Oakland
and the refineries will help the East Bay economy grow, even if
it is very slow growth. The East Bay will have anemic growth,
but most of the country is going to be jealous of that growth."
"Can't find a job? Move overseas" Emily Matchar at washingtonpost.com.
"After applying for 279 jobs over two years, my husband finally
got the offer he'd been hoping for: a well-paid position teaching
philosophy at a respected university. We should have been thrilled.
There was just one little thing.
The job was in Hong Kong."
POSTS FROM THE
"California unemployment hits 12.5%" reports Tom Abate, Chronicle Staff Writer.
added 25,700 jobs in October, the first such gain since April
of 2008. But the state unemployment rate still rose to 12.5 percent,
its highest level in nearly 70 years, as a report issued Friday
depicted a downtrodden labor market struggling to rebound."
Quote of the day
Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana.
END POSTS FROM THE PAST
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge shows half inch mid-day, today.
Karen and Andrew just had
their home reshingled and
the trim repainted. This in the wooded Berkeley hills? No, right
here in Potter Creek next to Rick.
Look for local TV to pick
up bourgouisside.com's "Bates/Worthington Feud"
In Oakland, auto and residence
burglaries are up 43% this year over last.
The week of Black Friday,
"The Greatest shopping day of the year," Charlie Rose
CBS Morning Show reported about a survey of adults which concluded
that 80% of the respondents weren't going to shop on Black Friday,
only 20% said they were.
The Rose show also reported
this week that Cyber Monday shoppers were part of the 10% minority
who shopped on the Internet, leaving 90% who didn't.
"Guerrilla cartographers put global food
stats on the map"Adam
Cole at scpr.org.
"For the past five months,
University of California, Berkeley cartography professor Darin
Jensen has been collecting maps about food. They fill the walls
of his office, each one telling a different story - about meat
production in Maryland, about the international almond trade,
about taco trucks in Oakland. Some are local, some are regional,
some are global, but in a few days they'll all be bound together
between the covers of Food: An Atlas."
"The installed price of solar photovoltaic
systems in the US continues to decline at a rapid pace" at sciencecodex.com.
"The installed price
of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States
fell substantially in 2011 and through the first half of 2012,
according to the latest edition of Tracking the Sun, an annual
PV cost-tracking report produced by the Department of Energy's
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory."
POST FROM THE PAST
newly painted Potter Creek Workman's
I'm told Pete Hurney was color consultant for what
is as much an art piece as a repaint.
END POST FROM THE
Joe is on the other side
"CyberCity allows government hackers to
train for attacks"
by Robert O'Harrow Jr, washingtonpost.com.
"CyberCity has all the
makings of a regular town. There's a bank, a hospital and a power
plant. A train station operates near a water tower. The coffee
shop offers free WiFi.
But only certain people can
get in: government hackers preparing for battles in cyberspace.
The Pentagon is building
a virtual city that will enable government hackers to practice
attacking and defending the computers and networks that increasingly
run the world's water, power and other critical systems. To reinforce
the effect of those attacks, the cyber-range, known as 'CyberCity,'
will include a scale model of buildings and other facilities that
will light up when attacks have been successful.
Government and business leaders
in the United States and around the world are rushing to build
better defenses - and prepare for the coming battles in the digital
universe. To succeed, they must understand one of the most complex,
man-made environments on Earth: cyberspace.
The town is a virtual place that exists only on computer networks
run by a New Jersey-based security firm working under contract
with the U.S. Air Force. Computers simulate communications and
operations, including e-mail, heating systems, a railroad and
an online social networking site, dubbed FaceSpace.
Think of it as something
like the mock desert towns that were constructed at military facilities
to help American soldiers train for the war in Iraq. But here,
the soldier-hackers from the Air Force and other branches of the
military will practice attacking and defending the computers and
networks that run the theoretical town."
Our city Public Information
Officer, Mary Kay Clunies-Ross, is leaving for a new position
The average real estate agent
salary in Berkeley, CA in USD as of Nov 28, 2012 is $56,000. Given
the mercurial nature of the business, this is probably not a really
"Canada Shows How U.S. States Can Fix Immigration" a report at bloombergnews.com.
"Republicans seem ready
to play ball on immigration, if only to patch up their image with
Hispanics. It would be a pity if this political moment -- which
comes only once every few decades -- was squandered on minor and
temporary fixes. U.S. immigration policy needs a fundamental rethinking.
This isn't as daunting as
it appears. For inspiration, Americans need look no farther than
"Navy SEALs to Hunt Cartel Kingpin Like
Bin Laden" by Robert
Beckhusen at wired.com.
"Mexican drug lord Joaquín
'El Chapo' Guzmán is arguably the world's most wanted criminal,
supplanting Osama bin Laden after the terrorist mastermind's death
during a Navy SEAL raid in May 2011. Now the Pentagon reportedly
has a plan to send the SEALs after El Chapo too. . . .
According to anonymous Mexican
and U.S. military sources cited by Proceso magazine (translated
from Spanish), the plan involves sending Navy SEALs by helicopter
after the Sinaloa Cartel kingpin, who is rumored to be hiding
in the mountains of the western Mexican states of Sinaloa and
Durango. The SEALs would be divided into two teams - one would
land and attack, and the other would stay airborne - assisted
by three unmanned drones packing missiles.
"Lieutenant to Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman
Arrested in Mexico"
has established extensive covert surveillance operation in sub-Saharan
"Ouagadougou, the capital
of Burkina Faso, is home to a small force of Americans conducting
extensive surveillance on al-Qaeda operations in Africa."
"Cal Berkeley Earns No. 3 Dangerous College
Ranking--UCLA earns No. 1 spot"
Jenn Elias at nbcbayarea.com.
"The University of California Berkeley earned a No. 3 spot
on the list of most dangerous colleges ranking by The Business
Insider with a recent burglary amounting to $23,000."
"Berkeley: Police investigate shooting
at Ed Roberts Campus" Kristin
J. Bender, Oakland Tribune.
"Police [searched] for
a victim following a shooting in a bathroom of the Ed Roberts
Campus Thursday afternoon.
Police found at least one
shell casing in the first-floor bathroom at the center, which
is located at the Ashby BART Station.
Police are not certain that
a person was actually struck by a bullet but [checked ]area hospitals
for a possible victim, police said. The shooting occurred about
The campus, which opened
two years ago, is a one-stop center for disability services, and
serves about 30,000 people annually."
Also, Berkeley PD arrested
a suspected prowler in north-West Berkeley after a brief chase
"101 Best Food Trucks in America 2012" at thedailymeal.com.
A shrimp po'boy
from Los Angeles' LudoTruck, manned by French chef Ludo Lefebvre.
Trucks across the US worth
waiting in line at for a meal worthy of eating standing up.
Our Suaze Falls from Grace in "Suze Orman
Thinks You Should Consider An Acura" a story about-and-with Orman's TV commercial
"Say it ain't so, Suze
Orman. Say you ain't backing up from your long-standing advice
that purchasing a new car is almost always a bad idea.'
As predicted in my 11/28/12
post--Look for local TV to pick up the bourgouisside "Bates/Worthington
Feud" --last evening's CBS local Channel 5 ran the story
at about 6:05 right after the storm coverage. Boz looked a little
uptight and Worthington twitched somewhat.
See Boz, . . . during the
Full Moon I often throw down a few shots of Tequila--you know
lick off the salt from between the thumb and first finger, throw
back the Tequila, squeeze a quarter Meyer Lemon between the front
teeth. And let it all warm the throat going down.
Do this over and over until
you just don't give a shit.
POST FROM THE PAST
just what is it that Albert's smoking in that pipe?
in The Day Selling Records on Telegraph Avenue--Holiday Sales
and Bittersweet Tales
I remember about working during the holidays at Campus Records
in the '60s was that Albert didn't have central heat in the shop.
Recently, when I mentioned to him that I was thinking of moving
to Vermont, he reminded me that it gets really cold there and
observed, perceptively; "Hell, in the shop you use to stand
in front of that electric heater in Fall." I remember "the
cold" more than the holiday madness.
I do vividly recall a late-Christmas Eve when Albert and I were
selling records almost faster than we could ring them up-having
begun celebrating with brandy in early afternoon we were, of course,
generally the holiday rush worked against staff happiness and
Albert's policy of careful attention to the customer's needs-accompanied
by informed and slightly snobbish opinion. "Come back after
the rush . . . and you don't want that Bernstein performance anyway,"
Albert would exhort.
really couldn't take care of the customer's needs during those
hectic weeks just before Christmas and I particularly remember
ignoring my regulars just so I could sell pop Christmas albums
to last minute shoppers.
course, the entire staff were non-believers-and cultural elitists-but
that didn't stop us from aggressively selling those popular holiday
albums. Mitch Miller Sing Along albums sold very well and, to
ourselves, we justified selling these records by working in, "He's
a classical oboist you know."
much more importantly, the rush interfered with "hitting
on the chicks." In these tense times of retail combat, often
after a sale when you were just about to strut your music knowledge
in front of some impressionable coed, Albert would bark in his
best ex-infantry manner "Disengage!"
course he was much more understanding in ordinary times and only
when he was fighting with Connie, his wife, would he so explode.
It was during one of those times that the famous "Play Boy"
Records was located behind Campus Smoke Shop-also owned by Albert-and
the two shops were connected by a short, wide passage way. And
at this passage way, on the Smoke Shop side, were the magazines.
(Magazine profit was very small, for the there is little markup
and magazine profit depends on large sales-and the return of worn,
dog-eared copies could be difficult and cut dramatically into
an already small profit.)
months a fellow would come in on magazine-delivery-Thursday looking
for the new "Play Boy"-not to buy, but to dog ear. Ordinarily,
this just annoyed Albert. But one Thursday, after continuous phone
confrontations with Connie, he'd had enough.
clearly see the fellow eagerly take up the new magazine and become
absorbed in its pages-one can easily imagine his bliss.
could only imagine a difficult return and a difficult Connie.
He quietly walked up next to the fellow, pulled his Zippo lighter
from his pocket, and set the lower left-hand corner of the magazine
on fire. The guy didn't immediately grasp what was happening-probably
sensing only that his passions were hotter than he'd imagined.
Eventually, forced back to reality by the flames licking his hand,
he fitfully dropped the object of his reverie.
stomped out the flames and I think Albert and Connie separated
are more tales here.
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from our log
"burning gas" odor in front room. 9:47 AM--dry dirty
burning air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
"STRONG" hot metal odor, SERIOUS nausea. 10:00 AM--same.
11:48 AM--irritant in front room. 12:17 PM--STRONG "hot metal"
odor in warehouse front. 12:48 PM--burning dry dirty air in front
room. 4:08 PM
dry dirty air in front room, wear respirator. 9:59 AM--similar.
4:08 PM-similar. 4:50 PM--"glass manufacturing" odor
in front room. 5:50 PM--similar, wear repirator.
"burning gas" odor in front room. ~7:00 AM and following,
VERY SERIOUS nausea and chills, wear respirator. Marsha has chills.
9:20 LEAVE. 12:20 PM--similar.
irritant in warehoouse front, burning eyes mouth. wear respirator.
irritant in front room, nausea, chills, light head, wear respirator.
Similar, off-and-on all Thanksgiving Day.
irritant in front room, SERIOUS nausea and chills, overrides 4
HEPA filters, wear respirator. 9:05 AM--nausea and chills, Marsha
similar. 12:23 PM==irriant in front of warehouse, nausea, chills.
1:30 PM--simialr, Marsha has SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation,
11/24/12--10:57 AM-- irritant
in front room, nausea and chills.
11/25/12--2:21 PM--dry burning
air in front room, dry cough, Marsha similar.
11/26/12--6:06 AM--dry dirty
air in front room. 7:56 AM--similar, nausea, light head, dry lips,
mucus membrane irritation. 6:05 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front
room, SERIOUS nausea and chills, similar to past weekend symptoms
and to symptoms when neighbor, Adams and Chittenden Scientific
Glass first moved in and did not have filters, overrides 4 HEPA
filters, wear respirator.
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