late Fall sunset at Stinson
a Tameka Lim photo
"Pollution report on schools concerns Berkeley" writes Chip Johnson in the Chronicle.
"In the environmentally
conscious Bay Area, concerns about poor air quality - or a toxic
emergency - are usually associated with the oil refineries just
up the East Bay shoreline in the industrial cities of Richmond,
Rodeo and Martinez.
So it came as a shock last
week when USA Today published a report that included three Berkeley
schools in the top 1 percent among the nation's most at-risk sites
for exposure to toxic air emissions.
The national newspaper identified
Black Pine Circle School, Via Center and Nihaus School among the
worst 400 sites in an eight-month study that looked at more than
127,000 schools nationwide. Oddly enough, the Rosa Parks Elementary
School, which sits next door to Black Pine, was listed in the
nation's 6th percentile group.
While some dispute the newspaper's
findings, the report has caused a stir."
For over a decade now, I've
maintained west-Berkeley's urban-air isn't reeeal good.
"GlaxoSmithKline, Dynavax agree to $800M
drug development deal"
reports the Triangle Business Journal.
signed a drug development deal with a California company that
could be worth as much as $800 million.
GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK),
which has U.S. headquarters in the Triangle, says it will pay
$10 million upfront to Dynavax Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq: DVAX)
of Berkeley, Calif.
In addition, Glaxo will work
with Dynavax to develop drugs in four separate programs. Dynavax
could receive as much as $200 million per program in milestone
payments during development and commercialization, and the California
company would receive royalties on sales of any drugs.
In return, GSK gets the rights
to license the Dynavax drugs from the development programs, which
are targeting autoimmune and inflammatory diseases such as lupus,
psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis."
Dynavax is on 7th Street
here in Potter Creek.
"Prime West Berkeley Property Headed for
the Marketplace" is
a story by Richard Brenneman in our Planet.
"Berkeley's largest private development site-8.2 acres adjacent
to Aquatic Park-is coming on the market, and the owners want the
city to ease the rules.
Their target market would
be startup companies created to commercialize technology developed
at UC Berkeley and the lab that gave the United States its Secretary
I'm told by a reliable source
that the present owner of this site bought it for around 2 million
dollars decades ago at auction--he out bid Rich Robbins for the
property. The most recent talked about price--a while ago--was
about 21 million.
I'm also told that rents
of some of the established retail tenants on Fourth Street have
been reduced and that this is spreading through west-Berkeley
as wholesalers and manufactures are not able to meet their monthly
obligations because of falling sales--some as much as 30-40 percent.
"Henry's tweaks pub grub in Berkeley" is an appreciation by Carol Ness in the Chronicle.
"The modern-day elevation
of 'bar and grill' to 'gastropub' is a good thing, especially
if you're into beer and wide-screen TVs - but you want your burger
grass-fed and lemongrass on french fries.
Henry's, the longtime hangout of Cal frat types and Golden Bears
fans near the UC Berkeley campus, made the leap this year, under
the new ownership of restaurateur Chip Conley and his Joie de
Joie de Vivre owns dozens
of hotels and restaurants in California, including Cortez and
Americano in San Francisco and the recently opened Miss Pearl's
Jam House in Oakland's Jack London Square. After buying the Hotel
Durant, the firm renovated from top to bottom.
The cavernous Henry's Publick House, with its dingy wood-paneled
walls, gave way to Henry's the gastropub. A zinc bar top replaced
the bronze; the original bar has been polished to a warm gleam.
Seven wide-screen TVs carry sports; a large chalkboard tracks
the viewing schedule, and the place fills up on fall Saturdays
for Cal Bears football.
The adjacent 45-seat dining
room got a makeover too. Gone are the carpet and clubby wood paneling,
in favor of a tile floor, wallpaper and booths in shades of creamy
mustard and gray-blue.
Chef Eddie Blyden was brought
in to elevate the menu, fresh from stints at three San Francisco
gastropubs, the 21st Amendment, the Alembic and Magnolia Pub.
He brought along his Caribbean-meets-West African-meets-California
style, along with some of his signature dishes, including jerk
"As Obama's Energy Chief, Steven Chu Likely
to Shift Agency's Focus to Renewables" is a report by Kent Garber at usnews.com.
"When Steven Chu, named
by Barack Obama to be his energy chief, arrived at California's
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2004 to take over as
lab director, he had a plan for his new colleagues: focus their
research on pressing energy issues, particularly climate change.
'Steve said, "Let's apply some of our skills to problems
of importance to society," ' says physicist James Siegrist,
the lab's associate director for general sciences. 'He's taken
chemists, material scientists, environmental guys, and tech guys
and really focused them, redirected them, on national energy problems.'
"China's internet 'spin doctors'"
is a story at BBC
NEWS by Michael Bristow
"Controlling views expressed on the internet is a challenge
"China is using an increasing
number of paid 'internet commentators' in a sophisticated attempt
to control public opinion.
These commentators are used
by government departments to scour the internet for bad news -
and then negate it.
They post comments on websites
and forums that spin bad news into good in an attempt to shape
Chinese leaders seem aware that the internet - the only public
forum where views can be freely expressed - needs close attention.
China's Communist Party leaders
have long sought to sway public opinion by controlling what the
media can report.
That policy was extended to the internet, and many websites are
blocked by a system sometimes dubbed the 'great firewall of China
"Window-Smashing Burglar Sought by Berkeley
Police" is a report
in our Planet.
"Berkeley police said today that they have a person of interest
and a vehicle of interest in connection with seven daytime "window-smash"
burglaries, and one attempted burglary, at homes in northwest
and north central Berkeley in the last 10 days.
Police spokesman Andrew Frankel
said the person of interest is a white female about 30 to 36 years
old who is about 5 feet 6 inches tall with long straight black
or dark brown hair.
A community member who saw
the woman said she was wearing a trench coat and had a "weathered"
appearance, according to Frankel.
He said the vehicle of interest
is a gray, GMC-style van with a bicycle rack on the back.
Frankel said police don't
know at this point if the woman is actually responsible for any
of the burglaries or if she had any accomplices.
However, detectives are attributing
the burglaries to the same suspect or suspects, he said."
Pete's Potter Creek rain
Sunday thru Monday AM, .95
of an inch. Monday thru Tuesday AM .65 of an inch.
Pete adds that this is the
first serious rain since November 2-4. Then we had 2.75 inches.
Has our BFD Station 1, our
station, been temporarily closed?
"Barack Obama's energy and environment
team should aim for U.S. leadership on climate change" opines the Washington Post.
"Garfield's Deandre Coleman commits to
California" is a
report by the Seattle Times staff.
"Deandre Coleman, Garfield
High School's all-state defensive tackle, has made a verbal commitment
to play football for California, according to rivals.com, a recruiting
"Oprah Boosts Amazon Kindle to $1,500 as
Shoppers Seek Hot Gift"
is a story by Joseph Galante at bloombergnews.com.
"Brian Bird had just
received Amazon.com Inc.'s Kindle electronic-book reader from
his girlfriend as a gift. That
didn't stop him from selling it to someone else.
With the Kindle in short
supply and asking prices on the Internet at twice the device's
$359 retail price or more, he got his girlfriend's permission
and found a buyer on Craigslist willing to pay $500.
'People who want to give
it as a holiday gift have to pay a premium to get it in time,'
said Bird, 27, a salesman for an Internet company in Redwood City,
California. 'If the existing one can be sold at a
profit and I can buy the new version when it comes out in two
or three months, then it's worth the effort.'
Stoked by an Oprah Winfrey
endorsement in October, the Kindle quickly sold out. With Christmas
a week away, used Kindles are listed on EBay, Craigslist and Amazon.com's
second-hand product site for as
much as $1,500."
Donny Yost hipped this webpage
to the Kindle over a year ago!
man who allegedly stalked researchers to appear in court"
is a story by Jennifer Squires - Sentinel Staff Writer.
" A Capitola man pleaded
no contest Tuesday to charges he made threatening phone calls
to two UC San Francisco scientists who perform research on animals.
For one week in September
2007, Justin Bhagat Thind, 33, reportedly called the researchers,
both of whom live in San Mateo County, incessantly, and told them
they would suffer the same way the animals
suffered, according to Steve Wagstaffe, chief deputy district
attorney in San Mateo County.
Thind also faces similar
charges in Marin County, where three other UCSF researchers he
allegedly harassed live.
In San Mateo County, Thind
had been charged with five felonies and one misdemeanor, and was
scheduled to go to trial in February.
However, during a pretrial
conference Tuesday afternoon, Thind took a plea deal that carries
a punishment of up to six months in jail."
In fact, our BFD Station
No 1 has been closed as part of BFD's rotating closures.
"The bargain brigade: Three savvy readers
search for great wine deals" is
a story by Stacy Finz, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Readers from far and
wide responded to our friendly wine competition: 'Think you're
a bargain-hunting master?' Around this time of year we usually
blitz our readers with our bargain wine picks. Instead, we decided
to let you show us the art of the deal."
"Obama's science appointees called a team
of all-stars:Accomplished and outspoken, they're likely to tackle
climate change head-on"
is a report by Peter N. Spotts in the Christian Science Monitor.'
Call it the "green team'
or the 'dream team.' Either way, President-elect Barack Obama's
choices to fill top science and environment-related posts in his
new administration represent a remarkable assembly of talent.
With his picks well in hand,
Mr. Obama is positioned to reverse what many see as eight years
of sluggish action in the US and internationally on global warming.
The picks also boost the prospects for wider use and further development
of alternative energy sources. And the nominees particularly
those who come directly out of the science community are
expected to be strong advocates for erasing political interference
with government research.
Many groups have sent the
transition team a list of actions Obama could take to achieve
the goals during the first 100 days, most of which could be accomplished
by executive order."
"Reshaping Solar: Growth Expected Despite
Economy" Elisa Wood
writes at renewableenergyworld.com.
"Tax credits, new trends
and independent companies are spurring a solar surge. Elisa Wood
reports from San Diego, USA, on the growing consumer interest
in solar energy, despite the financial crisis."
"The cleaning of California's air"
opines our Times.
"On one day recently,
California air regulators ushered in a new climate plan that puts
the emissions hammer down on state utilities, refineries and large
factories. Then, the next day, the state adopted the toughest
diesel emission standards for trucks and buses in the nation.
So much for that tough economy standing in the way of cleaning
The state Air Resources Board
is now holding the worst polluters accountable for heat-trapping
greenhouse gas emissions, which if met, will change the way you
travel, the way utilities produce power and the way businesses
use electricity. The board outlined how individuals and businesses
would meet a landmark 2006 law that mandates the state would cut
emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
A total of 31 new rules affecting
virtually all facets of life were adopted with the belief that
one day Californians will see more efficient public transportation,
housing near schools and businesses, and utility rebates for homes
that become more energy efficient, among other things.
The air board followed that
with new diesel rules where, starting in 2011, accelerates the
replacement of thousands of polluting trucks and buses that are
not as clean as newer models with federally-mandated emissions
Obviously, the board felt despite a global financial crisis and
a state budget deficit projected to surpass $41 billion by 2010,
the process has to begin to make good on the 2006 law called the
Global Warming Solutions Act."
"Landscape is the home: David Stark Wilson" is an appreciation by Eve Kushner, Special
to the Chronicle.
"Craggy mountains and
curving rivers can inspire any of us. But it's rare for such inspirations
to drive design work, as is the case for David Stark Wilson, founder
of the Berkeley design-build firm WA Design.
He says he tends not to recognize how nature has influenced his
imagination until years after the fact. That is, he doesn't start
a design by contemplating fantastic sights in nature. And when
he sketches the elevation of a house, he doesn't attempt to mimic
the lines of a jagged peak. The site, the topography, the sun
direction, the wind and other concrete issues drive the design.
Then, at some point down the road, he realizes that natural shapes
have found their way into his work. Wilson grew up in Berkeley
and has been an avid backpacker and photographer since his teens.
Now 47, he spends about six weeks a year in nature, often with
camera in hand. His mountain photographs appear in his new book,
"Above All: Mount Whitney and California's Highest Peaks"
(Heyday Books), along with text by Steve Roper."
"Siddoway Headed to Berkeley" is a report by Chris Fetters at recruiting.scout.com.
"Sheldon offensive tackle Charles Siddoway has made his selection
and will be a California Golden Bear following a number of other
Oregon recruits who have made that choice in recent years; including
starting quarterback Kevin Riley of Beaverton, Ore. The No. 19
OT in the country confirmed to Scout.com Saturday that he will
be heading to Berkeley to play his college football."
"Miami QB to miss Emerald Bowl against
Cal" reports Rusty
Simmons, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Cal practiced Thursday
after a three-day break for final exams, but it wasn't quite as
eventful a return as it was for Emerald Bowl opponent Miami. Hurricanes
starting quarterback Robert Marve was suspended for the Dec. 27
game at San Francisco's AT&T Park for an academic violation.
Miami newspapers are reporting
that the suspension is based on a team rule that makes a player
ineligible if he misses four or more classes. Marve's father,
Eugene, told the Miami Herald that his son will not transfer,
a rumor that had been swirling."
our Tameka Lim
"WBC #11 ranked super bantamweight Ana
'The Hurricane' Julaton is currently in training, but not for
a professional boxing match" reports
"Julaton (4-1-1, 1 KO)
of Daly City, California is currently preparing for her final
exam to earn a Bok-Fu Black Belt. Bok-Fu is a style of Kenpo Karate
which combines aspects of Chinese Kung Fu and Japanese Fu.
Julaton, who has an extensive
Taekwondo background, gravitated to the Bok-Fu style because of
its focus on aggressive self defense. 'The whole idea is that
you never want to start a fight, but if a fight finds you, you
want to put your whole self forward,' says Julaton. While working
late shifts and going to school, Julaton began learning Bok-Fu
at the WestWind School in Berkeley, California. On December 31st
Julaton will aim to become a member of the select fraternity to
earn Bok-Fu Black Belts. 'In the over forty-year history of Bok-Fu,
there have been less than one hundred Black Belts,' says Julaton.
According to calculations, a student testing for the Bok-Fu Black
Belt must perform no less than 14,000 carefully orchestrated steps
in a two-hour time period."
"Weighing odds on Golden Gate Fields' future" Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Golden Gate Fields
- the last major racetrack in Northern California - could be putting
up a for-sale sign as its financially struggling parent company
is forced to pay off big loans by the end of next year.
The unknown status of the
racetrack has stoked a decades-long local debate over the fate
of the prime piece of real estate along the Albany waterfront.
Magna Entertainment informed
investors and the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this
month that it has agreed to a plan that would pay off debts totaling
tens of millions of dollars, including using 'commercially reasonable
efforts to sell or enter into joint ventures in respect of its
assets, including its core racetrack assets.'
Golden Gate Fields is one of the company's 10 thoroughbred or
standardbred racetracks - including Santa Anita Park, Florida's
Gulfstream Park and Maryland's Pimlico Race Course, which hosts
the second jewel of the Triple Crown every May.
It's unclear whether the
Albany track would be among those put on the block, and if so,
be sold as a racetrack business or simply as real estate."
"State jobless rate at 14-year high"
is a report by Tom Abate,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
rate rose to 8.4 percent in November, its highest level in 14
years, as employers cut 41,700 payroll jobs, according to a report
issued Friday by the state Employment Development Department.
November's figure was up from 8.2 percent in October, evidence
of the deepening recession that continues to hit California harder
than the rest of the nation. . . .
Berkeley resident Phil Catalfo,
who lost a magazine editing job 18 months ago, recently experienced
the EDD's congestion. He said he filed an online application,
made three phone calls that got busy signals and received two
erroneous denials before finally learning last week that he was
indeed eligible for extended unemployment benefits.
'It's not just that the system
is chaotic, but you get contradictory information,' said Catalfo,
57, who says this is the longest period of unemployment in his
"Madoff scam hits Jewish charities hard" reports the AP. "The Hebrew word
for charity is 'tzedakah.' But it means something more, too: doing
the righteous thing.
Many of the investors allegedly
swindled by Wall Street money manager Bernard Madoff are, like
him, Jewish, and for many of them, contributing to Jewish causes
is a crucial part of their culture. The effect of their losses
on the Jewish philanthropic world is being seen as nothing less
"Berkeley apartment body found in coffin"
reports Henry K. Lee,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"A body was found in
a makeshift coffin behind a false wall in a Berkeley apartment
building two days after a 60-year-old man shot and killed himself
there in front of police, authorities said Thursday.
Police believe the body may
be the adult son of the man who committed suicide, Hassan Bin
Ali, sources close to the case said.
Ali shot himself in the head
with a handgun shortly before 6 p.m. Monday as officers arrived
to investigate reports of an argument at the building at 2235
Judging from the advanced
state of decomposition, the body in the coffin had been hidden
for some time, authorities said. How the person died has not been
established, and police are treating the case as suspicious, said
Officer Andrew Frankel, Berkeley police spokesman."
"Russia rewriting Josef Stalin's legacy:Archives
on dictator seized from human-rights group Memorial" is a story by Alex Rodriguez, Tribune correspondent.
"Stalin making a comeback.
At first, the purpose behind
the midday raid at a human-rights group's office here was murky.
Police, some clad in masks and camouflage, cut the electricity
to Memorial's offices and demanded to know if any drugs or guns
were kept on the premises.
Five hours later, after police
had opened every computer and walked out with 11 hard drives,
the reason for their visit became clear to Memorial Director Irina
On the hard drives, a trove
of scanned images and documents memorialized Josef Stalin's murderous
reign of terror. Diagrams scrawled out by survivors detailed layouts
of labor camps. There were photos of Russians executed by Stalin's
secret police, wrenching accounts of survival from gulag inmates
and maps showing the locations of mass graves.
'They knew what they were
taking,' Flige said. 'Today, the state tries to reconstruct history
to make it appear like a long chain of victories. And they want
these victories to be seen as justifying Stalin's repressions.'
Stalin, the brutal Soviet
dictator responsible for the deaths of millions of his citizens,
has been undergoing a makeover of sorts in recent years. Russian
authorities have reshaped the Georgia-born dictator's image into
that of a misunderstood, demonized leader who did what he had
to do to mold the Soviet Union into the superpower it became."
"Berkeley Schools Top Bad Air Quality List" reports Kristin McFarland in our Planet.
"Last week's USA Today report that placed three Berkeley
schools in the first percentile of schools with bad air quality
has activists, community members and school directors in an uproar.
The report studied industrial
pollution outside 127,800 nationwide schools for eight months.
Thirty-nine Berkeley schools made the list, all within the worst
55 percent. The Black Pine Circle School, the Via Center and the
Nia House Learning Center, all located in West Berkeley, were
in the first percentile, meaning that the air outside
the schools is worse at only 377 other schools around the country.
Berkeley High fell in the eighth percentile, with worse air at
only 9,722 schools.
Since the article's publication,
the issue has received wide media coverage with all involved parties
pointing fingers at probable causes. For many, it's one more example
of the health hazards caused by Pacific Steel Casting Company;
for some, it's a sign that the Berkeley government should take
a more active role in improving its own environment. . . .
. . . the USA Today study
was more comprehensive than any study to date because it included
levels of manganese and other metals. The study, he said, was
not conducted by 'people running around with test kits,' as Pacific
Steel representatives have suggested to other publications, but
with science approved by the air-
However, Larson also said
that the study's results are limited because it monitored the
air quality for only eight months of the year; with a longer study,
more schools might have made the list because of changes in the
prevailing winds. . . .
California Sen. Barbara Boxer,
chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has
called for government action in monitoring the air quality at
from my log
gas" odor in front room, leave. 12/2/08--6:31 PM--irritant
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, cough,
short breath, wear mask. 6:55 PM "burning
natural gas" odor in front room. 12/3/08--1:06 PM--ganja
odor in front room. 1:45 PM--irritant in front room, dry eyes,
dry mouth, "heavy"air, leave. 12/4/08--6:51 PM--"burning
natural gas" odor in front room, cough,
nose runs, eyes tear. 12/5/08--7:16 PM--"heavy air"
in warehouse, short breath, dry eyes,
dry mouth. 12/6/08--1:42 PM--serious IRRITANT in front room, cough,
eyes burn. ~ 7:00 PM "heavy air" in warehouse front.
12/7/08--3:42 AM--STRONG "BURNING NATURAL GAS" odor
front of warehouse. ~6:00 AM--"burning natural gas"
odor in warehouse, air out. 12/11/08--10:30 PM--SERIOUS irritant
in front room, cough, burning eyes, mouth. 12/12/08--8:45 AM--irritant
in front room, light head, dry eyes, dry mouth. 12:38 PM--SERIOUS
irritant in front room, light head, nausea, chills, wear mask.
2:45 PM--irritant in front roomdry lips, dry eyes. 12/13/08--1:10
PM: warehouse filled with "burning gas" odor, air out.
~7:00--VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room. 12/21/08--5:52 PM--"burning
gas" odor IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse and in warehouse
My log is kept in a building
not one hundred feet from the École Bilingue playground
and a couple hundred feet from their classrooms. Immediately adjacent
to this building is Ben and Natalie's home. And Pete and Geralyn's
home, where Geralyn has slept on the living room floor because
of irritant in their bedroom, is immediately behind this building.
(Last week, Natalie's school
had Pajama Day. Most kids came in their pajamas but only one staff
wore hers--Natalie's old second grade teacher.)
Potter Creek's French School
was not mentioned in any west-Berkeley school air quality reports
that I have read about.
Here is the full report.
Check it out!
"Toxic air and Americas schools" is a Special Report on USA Today.
Our French School was apparently
monitored at the 9th and Heinz campus.
Here are the results.
E Bay French/Amer/Ecole Biling.
National Rank 25th percentile
(So, 75 % of the schools
monitored had better air.)
31,506 of 127,800 schools
have worse air.
Exposure to cancer-causing
Ranked 5 of 10
Exposure to other toxic chemicals
Ranked 3 of 10
More and a School Finder
How to clean
up our west-Berkeley air!
Watch all the seasons of The
Re-watch all the seasons of The
Step three: Check back here
in three to four weeks. It'll take that long to watch and rewatch
"Desert wind blows health risks from Calif
mines" is an AP
report at enews.earthlink.net.
"Heaps of toxic mine
waste rise like church steeples over this wind-swept desert town,
threatening the health of
residents and of thousands of off-road bikers.
Tests on dust samples have
revealed some of the highest arsenic levels in the country - as
much as 460,000 times the level deemed safe by the federal government.
"Two professors from the University of
California, Berkeley released a study last month that could spell
bad news for those who invest and live in many of California's
most popular areas" reports
"According to the California
Climate Risk and Response" report, $2.5 trillion of real
estate is at risk from global warming and extreme weather conditions,
including wildfires, droughts, heat waves, Pacific storms and
a rise in sea level.
Unfortunately, the majority
of this damage is expected to hit some of California's premier
tourist destinations, including its ski resorts, beach communities,
and state and national parks and forests, which puts an additional
$98 billion-worth of assets at risk.If no measures are taken to
combat or prepare for these ever-increasing conditions, they could
cost California's government, insurance industry and property
owners anywhere from $300 million to
$3.9 billion a year in damages. The tourism and recreation industries
could experience $200 million to $7.5 billion a year in damages."
"California poised to be top state in Obama's
D.C." is a report
"Forget Illinois: California
is poised to be the top dog in Obama-era Washington.
With roughly a half-dozen
Cabinet and key administrative appointees and a powerhouse congressional
delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the other end
of Pennsylvania Ave., California is shaping up to be the new Texas,
the alpha state whose cultural and policy making influence was
inescapable through most of the last eight
I just heard a early cut
of Pete's KALX production about the Holiday's. It is the next
Barrow Basement Radio Theater broadcast. The episode about the
Jewish mother in the Chinese restaurant with her college-age son
is fall-down funny.that and more will be broadcast on KALX-FM
at 9PM Tuesday, January 6th.
of year is
Creek gardens on a Christmas past
Richmond Ramblers' Cliff
10 eating Tips for the Holidays
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone
who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the
Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately.
Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can and quickly. You can't find
it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that
it has lots of calories in every sip?It's not as if you're going
to turn into an "eggnog-aholic" or something. It's a
treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you
think. It's Christmas.
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point
of gravy. Gravy does not stand-alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano
out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano.
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim
milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like
buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to
control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party
is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello???
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and
New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else
to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after
circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food
and that eggnog.
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table,
like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa,
position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you
can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful
pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to
see them again.
8.Same for pies. Apple, pumpkin and mincemeat -- have a slice
of each. Or, if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and
one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more
than one dessert? Labor Day?
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the
mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all costs. I mean,
have some standards.
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the
party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention.
GRAYSON is open December
26th and December 27th with their Brunch menu
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Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil
homes and considerable portfolios.
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.
PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.
Crime Log for 94710 is
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Take time to report
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or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of
these City people.
Our new Area
Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774
City Mgr Off - 981-2491 email@example.com
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here
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