Kimar who's close to the
U.C. Stadium and is more affected by it all then we are down here,
emails "California Memorial Stadium, completed in November
1923, is dedicated to University of California, Berkeley students,
alumni and other Californians who lost their lives in World War
I. Situated in Strawberry Canyon, it remains one of the most beautiful
settings in college athletics. . . .Designed by John Galen Howard,
with co-designers G.F. Buckingham and E.E. Carpenter, the stadium
is modeled after the Colosseum in Rome." There's
At birth Margot weighed 7lbs
8 oz and was 19" long.
Ah, . . . the west-Boikley
I've just dusted off my copy of this 223 pager and am now reading,
and probing it. Anyone who'd like to join me, please email
I'd specially encourage newbies, as fresh eyes, minds and mouths
My sense is that the oldies are entrenched, armed with baggage.
If any actual meetings should be held, let me make it perfectly
weapons are to be checked at the door!"
Bob Kubik emails
We just got two notices in
the mail telling us of a meeting of the Commission on next Thursday
to discuss the "historical significance" of 2720 and
2748 San Pablo Avenue. That is should they be deemed a City Landmark
or Structure of Merit! I believe these are the old YAS property
and the Clay of the Land site. More details later.
And, a problem for
our traffic department to work on.
On Thursday, December 7 there
will be a meeting of the Landmarks Preservation Commission to
consider the historical significance of the buildings at 2720
and 2748 San Pablo Avenue-- the old YAS property and the Clay
of the Land site--to determine their eligibility as a City Landmark
or Structure of Merit. The meeting will be held at the North Berkeley
Senior Center at 7:30 PM.
Personally, I believe John
Curl to be a more significant structure of merit. But Potter Creek
citizen Bob Kubik emails "I suppose we should get a crowd
together to push for the restoration of the YAS site to its former
glory as a car wrecking yard."
Kimar thinks the Landmarks
Preservation Commission should take on Cal and landmark Memorial
Stadium if not already one--it is after all a John Galen Howard
"Dining out just a Dumpster away" reports Doug Oakley in the West County Times.
"Cynthia Powell and Stephen Vajda are unabashed Dumpster
divers who get much of their weekly food from garbage cans. The
two educated Berkeley professionals -- who are not hungry or otherwise
in need -- find motivation in a growing conservation movement
whose mantra is that wasting resources, especially food, is shameful."
"Solano Stroll director resigns: Bullwinkel
steps down after 16 years in post; some merchants decry improvement
the Times Justin Hill. "Citing health reasons, the
executive director of the Solano Avenue Association has resigned
amid questions by Berkeley merchants of how their assessments
"Women wage war like never before: Female
Americans are taking on more and greater roles in conflicts in
Iraq and Afghanistan"
reports AP's Sharon Cohen in the Times.
Speaking of women at war,
Cheri Webster was the first female employee at Moe's Books and
Records where she fought a continuous battle. I hired her for
the record department in the late 1970s when the staff was entirely
made up of book and record men. Cheri was also the keyboard player
in the punk-band X ray-Ted. They had the 45 Christmas hit "Santa
Claustrophobia." Ted sometimes opened for The Avengers at
Last night was Milo's Second
Birthday Party--GREAT fun was had by all, especially Milo who
banged enthusiastically on stuff with a fine rhythm and real music
"Politics make this couple the perfect
writes Martin Snapp of the West County Times. "As
the most powerful political couple in the East Bay, Berkeley Mayor
Tom Bates and Assemblywoman Loni Hancock agree on almost every
important political issue. The one thing they can't agree on,
however, is when to celebrate their wedding anniversary."
It's generally agreed that
the west-Berkeley Plan is out-dated. But is it terminally flawed?
Read Scrambled Eggs soon-to-be-launched west-Berkeley Plan page
for some insights from a soon-to-be thirty-six-year west-Berkelian.
Lots of open studios in Potter
Creek on the weekends between now and Christmas--buy stuff!
Potter Creek's Vanni, the
restaurant has closed.
Our Janine Johnson emails
It's been a while since I
gave a house concert, primarily
because I was editing my new CD of the complete harpsichord solos
from Telemann's "Der Getreue Music Meister", but I have
practicing again, all Bach this time.
I'm giving two house concerts
December 16th, Saturday morning, at
10:30 AM (accompanied by tea, coffee and cookies), and again the
following afternoon, Sunday December 17th, at 3:00 PM. Both at
Street home, in Berkeley.
I know this is an intense
shopping weekend for many, but then again,
perhaps you will want to get a few CDs as gifts, who knows? Along
with my new CD, there will be the usual ones available: All Bach
(mixed, including two English Suites), Bach's Goldberg Variations,
Buxtehude and Pachelbel, Chopin, and Dussek duos. All CDs are
and the suggested donation for the concert is $10.00.
I am calling the concert
"Darkness and Light",
having chosen works of very contrasting character. I hope you
come!, Please RSVP.
Darkness and Light all J.S. Bach
Toccata in G major
Chorale "Kommst der nun, Jesu, von Himmel herunter"
Chorale "Jesus Christus, unser Heiland"
French Suite #
VI in E major
Partita # VI in
*If the tuning holds, we
can take a vote whether to omit the
intermission on Saturday Morning. I know people will want to be
shopping. The program is a little over an hour without applause,
this is possible.
"The Berkeley Public Library has created
an online database of photographs of Berkeley ranging from the
1870s through the 1990s"
writes Andrew McGall in the West County Times.
Emboldened by his overwhelming
defeat for mayor, our Running Wolf has climbed a tree.
"Tree sitters protest plans to cut oaks
at UC Berkeley: Opponents of plan to raze oaks for sports complex
vow to keep perches until regents relent" reports Kristin Bender in the Times.
"ABAG: Berkeley Must Double New Housing" writes Richard Brenneman in our Planet.
"SFPD has a 'beanbag gun' officers can
use to subdue suspects who may be mentally ill" reports Elizabeth Fernandez of the San Francisco
Ex-Buttercupper Mary Kate
Connor, now a San Francisco mental health worker, contributed
to this story. At the Cup, MK worked with the night crew under
later-to-be Nobel Prize winner, Kary Mullis. And MK and I took
many a ride on my 750 Triumph Bonneville, . . . and dressed to-the-tens,
me in my fedora and pin-stripped suit and MK in her fleecy, fluzzy
dress, we went to the opera in Anthony Navone's brand-new Mercedes
300, and heard Janacek's,
MK also introduced me to
the best cellist I've ever heard. Check out my "Demicello's Story."
Ed Adams' Special 6
Is a hand-built special on
a Triumph TR-6 chassis with TR-6 engine, transmission, and differential.
The car was built at Steve Moals by Jimmy Kilroy. His own design,
Kilroy started it in 1990 and finished it four years later. All
body work is hand-formed aluminum, the motor is stock except for
three Webers and a high-profile cam. The car will be featured
in the upcoming book about custom cars of the Bay Area. Ed Adams
is co-owner of one of the 2800 Eighth Street projects.
Prime Rib 101
by James Temple is in today's West County Times.
"Water conservation alert now in place:
EBMUD will use color-coded warnings to tell customers how close
they are to required rationing"
reports Chris Treadway of the Times.
"APL plans to cut emissions. The Oakland-based
shipping firm will test new fuel in an effort to reduce pollution
according to new state mandates"
writes Paul T. Rosynsky in the Times.
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge shows .6 inch from yesterday PM to today AM. Richard's shows
Richard's guage shows 2.8
inches from October 5 till today.
As the rainy season begins
you can find more information about our current weather conditions
than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
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.
12:50 PM--irritant in warehouse,
eyes water, dry lips. 1:20 PM--irritant immediately in front of
2741/corner/2743 8th accompanied by odor. "It smells like,
like, . . . I don't know what it smells like" exclaimed Marsha.
1:47 PM--warehouse filled with irritant and odor.
A variance of the in-lieu
fee for Ed Adams et als' 8th Street project was denied by the
Zoning Adjustment Board. The Board recommended Adams take it before
the City Council.
Commanding General saves
embattled Democracy from right-wing coup d'etat! In some Third
World country? No, in the 1930s in
our U.S of A.
And coming this week in Scrambled
Eggs, "EXPOSE:The CIA in Potter Creek."
Our City Council has passed
a new landmarks ordinance, last Tuesday. Also, the Council delayed
a vote on the problems of the Solano Avenue Business Improvement
District. And the Council unanimously approve a reporting system
for manufactures of nanoparticles.
"Landmarks preservation law gains final
approval. City also imposes monitoring and disclosure requirements
on fledgling nanoparticle industry" writes Martin Snapp in the West County Times.
"The Berkeley City Council gave final passage this week to
the revised Landmarks Preservation Ordinance, tightening the definition
of which buildings can be designated landmarks -- or the lesser,
but still protected, category of 'structures of merit.' "
Boy, I hope Auerbach and Lipofsky are still included.
"Solano assessment district in jeopardy:
Berkeley council delays vote after business owners decry lack
reports Martin Snapp in the Berkeley Voice.
A Potter Creeker associated
with the Solano Avenue business community says that there is widespread
opposition to the plan by the business community and that many
business people even oppose the Solano Stroll.
"KALX's 'The Sunday Morning Show' Will
Be Missed" writes
Jonathan Wafer in our Planet. Well, I still look forward
to Pete and Julies "Alternate Tunings" series.
"Recession not inevitable, report says" writes George Avalos in the Times. "Despite
the woozy housing market, California should be able to avoid a
recession thanks to a diverse economy that is showing strength
in other sectors, according to a report released today."
"Business leaders bullish on Bay Area:
Local executives say they see the economy going full steam ahead
into the coming year"
"Poverty moving to suburbs: For the first
time, more poor people live outside city centers, a study of the
100 largest metropolitan areas reveals" writes the AP's Stephen Ohlemacher in the Times.
"Help needed to restore famed Bethlehem
exhibit. It's time again for El Cerrito's most beloved holiday
tradition -- the Shadi sculptures. They'll be on display every
day from 5 to 10 p.m. at their usual spot, the corner of Moeser
and Seaview, from Dec. 13-27."
writes Snapp in the Times.
Big holiday party last night
in one of the Eighth and Pardee condos.
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge showed .1 inch from yesterday PM through this AM. And, last
Saturday PM through Sunday AM, 1.15 inches about which Pete offered
"Rained like the dickens"; Sunday PM through Monday
AM .01 inch; Monday PM through Tuesday AM, 1.35 inches.
Several residents have complained
of the heavy smell of burning wood that hangs in the air almost
nightly in the 900 block of Grayson between 8th and 9th. Apparently,
what is rustic in the woods of Vermont has become simply an irritant
to some in our increasingly dense Potter Creek.
Pete and Julie's next "Alternate
tunings: Music Made on Bicycles" will air on KALX, Wednesday,
December 20 at 9:00 AM.
900 GRAYSON did a party for 25 from Sumiko this week.
West-Berkelian, Tak Nakamoto
[Yesterday] morning, parts
of Cesar Chavez Park in the Marina were blocked
off for use as a filming location for the movie"The
Kite Runner." Yes
they had taken over the kite flying area and were shooting actors
going through the motions of flying a kite. Except: there's no
no strings, no kites.
There is a showing of Charlotte's
Web for the secert movie studio crew tonight. The studio worked
on Templeton, the rat and some birds for the film.
Ida Lupino was a pioneering
woman film director, her first effort the1949 film, "Not
Wanted." There is much more about Ida Lupino and her films
There's a Delancey Street
Christmas Tree lot on the south side of University just east of
San Pablo Ave.
The Canned Food Store has
Johnsonville hot Italian sausage at $2.69--they're in the freezer."
"Violent crime surging in Berkeley" writes Martin Snapp of theTimes. "In what
Berkeley Police Chief Doug Hambleton called 'a new and disturbing
trend,' violent crimes increased in the city in first nine months
of 2006, reversing a three-year decline. And he said the police
are running out of resources to combat the problem."
Running Wolf not fast enough?
"UC Berkeley police catch tree sitter away
from post" reports
the West County Times.
"Rosy labor report belies job seekers" writes James Temple of the West County Times.
"Monica Brown has 15 years of marketing and sales experience,
nearly half as a manager, trainer or team leader. Today, she's
"Droves cash out of Golden State: Census
data show more people are leaving than arriving, citing cost of
living and quality of life"
reports Mike Swift in the Times.
"Internment a dark chapter for area family:
Concord dentist remembers WWII ordeal as his father fought government,
almost lost the right to go home" writes Michele R. Marcucci in the Times.
"Firms aim to reverse carbon emissions" writes Terence Chea of the AP in the Times.
"Jill Cody used to feel guilty whenever she drove her car
or flew on an airplane. She worried about pumping heat-trapping
carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and contributing to global
warming.But the San Jose State professor found a way to ease her
conscience. She paid a San Francisco company called Terrapass
to offset emissions from her car and air travel by investing in
wind power and reducing farm pollution."
"Emissions controls not expected to cruise:
Democratic Congress still faces opposition from industry, some
Frank Davies in the Times.
From Richmond Ramblers
Motorcycle Club member, Cliff Miller
"Berkeley's zoning board approved a controversial
plan early this morning to build a Trader Joe's and 148 units
of housing downtown"
reports Carolyn Jones of the Chronicle. "After more
than two hours of public comment and discussion, the Zoning Adjustments
Board voted 5 to 3 in favor of the project at University Avenue
and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, plans for which have been scaled
back significantly since it was first proposed in 2002."
Many back months of Scrambled
Eggs--even as far back as 2003--are now regularly being browsed.
Yesterday, well over 200 visitors looked at Scrambled Eggs pages
with about 1200 hits.
Yesterday about 3:00 PM,
a hot pursuit with shots fired raced thru Potter Creek north on
7th Street ending with the pursued vehicle crashing into a residence
on 7th and Dwight Way--there the suspects were apprehended. More
than ten units from Berkeley and surrounding agencies were involved.
Today Chicagoan, Martin Samson
picked up his CZ 125 racing bike in Potter Creek. Martin, a recent
immigrant from the Czech Republic, bought this as-new 1978 racer
from my collection. Here on a transcontinental run, he is transporting
the CZ back to his Chicago home in his Volvo 18-wheeler. Martin
learned to operate heavy vehicles in the Czech Army where he was
a T-54 tank driver. He hopes the racer will someday be displayed
a technical museum in Prague. Geralyn and Andrew helped load-up.
a two-foot, long very dead raccoon in the gutter directly across
the street from 2741 8th. I'm told animal control has been called.
the Fantasy property will close early next year and I'm told Norheim
and Yost's web-site indicates that the Nexus property is in contract.
One of the
Buttercup favorites in the '70s, were Granny Fenster cookies.
Thought to be from a relative of mine, in fact, their recipe was
found by manager, Mary Guenther in a 1940s Wisconsin Gas and Electric
Cook Book--the Gas Company's. Further confusing their origin,
during one of the first bakes, Haley, unknown to me, taped a large
handwritten sign to my back reading GRANNY FENSTER
heat oven to 375
1 cup Butter (2 sticks)
1 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg yolks
2 cup Flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Raspberry Jam, Dickinson's seedless (sometimes strawberry is used)
2 cups fairly finely chopped pecans
Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in
yolks and vanilla. Gradually add flour and salt until blended.
refrigerate 1 hr.
Shape into 1" balls, roll in beaten egg whites (left over
from the yolks used in cookies), then roll in chopped pecans.
Place on lightly oiled cookie sheet, (I use parchment paper, you
can use nonstick spray also) about 2" apart, gently make
Bake 5 minutes, remove from oven, you may need to press the indentation
again, fill with jam and bake another 10 minutes. Makes about
Ramblers Motorcycle Club, Cliff Miller's holiday recipe.
is a wonderful recipe, and it's just in time for the Holidays.
With the holidays coming, here's a fruit cake recipe that will
take the stress out of this normally stressful time.
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
4 large eggs
2 cups dried fruit
1 tsp. salt
1 cup brown sugar
3 ounces lemon juice
1 cup of nuts
First, sample the vodka to check for freshness. Take a large bowl.
Check the vodka again to be sure it is of the highest quality.
Turn on the electric mixer, beat 1 cup of butter in a large fluffy
Add water, eggs and 1 tsp. sugar and beat again.
Make surr the vodca is still OK. Cry another tup. Turn off mixers.
Chuck in the cup of dried fruitt or something.
Mix on the turner.
If the fried druit gets struck on the beaterers, pry it loose
Sample the vodka to check for tonsistancity. Next, sniff 2 cups
salt. Or . . . Who cares? Check the vodka. Now sniff the lemon
and strain nuts.
Add one Table.
Of sugar. Whatever.
Grease the oven.
Turn the cake ttin 350 degrees.
Don't forget to beat off the turner.
Whip the bowl out the window.
Check the vidka again.
. . . forget it. Nobody likes fruitcake anyway."
-- B.F.D. Fire Station 1 -- collects gifts for children during
these Holidays. The firehouse is at 2442 8th Street and you can
drop off gifts there anytime. You might also drop off something
for our firemen and firewomen.
Rex, a manager
at Tippett and 900 regular, died as a result of
a fall over the weekend.
east up Potter
forwarded his copy the December Berkeley Historical Society Newsletter
to me. The lead story is "Camp Ashby." The area now
occupied by Weatherford BMW and the former Whole Earth Access,
among others was once a military base. Construction of the camp
"was started on February 18, 1942 and was completed on March
6, 1942 ." It was activated "on July 1, 1942."
The camp was built on thirteen acres and was established "to
protect our 'target area city' and to quarter and train the 779th
Military Police Battalion (Colored)," an all black unit.
(The photo is from the Berkeley Historical Society Newsletter.)
"Agency predicts Bay Area will fill in,
reports Janis Mara in the West County Times."The Bay
Area will be grayer, more crowded and slightly richer in 30 years,
according to projections released [last] Thursday by a regional
Poblana at 65th and Hollis
just over the border in Emeryville. They serve good, interestingly
spiced Mexican-style breakfasts priced from $7.00 to $9.00. I
had scrambled eggs with chorizo--eggs were dry but the chorizo
home-made and creatively spiced.
"Eco-friendly hotel caters to conscientious
reports Barbara E. Hernandez in the West County Times.
in entire warehouse, dry lips, eyes, skin, slight nausea, light
head. 5:46 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, leave.
pavillion is featured in the January 2007 House Beautiful--available
now. Here are some
of the article photos.
storm-drain system is being repaired on Heinz at 8th and 9th.
Well Ok then!
Bread remodel of the old welding building is proceeding a pace.
wedding pictures will appear in January's "Scrambled Eggs
not news to Potter Creek residents, "Pot
is king of cash crops"
by the Los Angeles Times Eric Bailey is worth reading.
in Potter Creek" will also appear next month.
"The city of Berkeley has begun temporarily
closing fire stations in a cost-saving move, though firefighters
say that's risky during the winter, when heaters and holiday lights
are in use"
reports Kristin Bender of the West County Times
city of Berkeley on Tuesday sued the University of California
Board of Regents in an attempt to halt a plan to fix Memorial
Stadium and build a $125 million sports training complex on the
"Assembly vets Hancock, Chan eye seat in
2008, while third prospect leaves race to replace Perata"
reports Josh Richman in the West County Times. "It's
never too early to launch a campaign, or to fold the tent. Both
have just happened in the state's 9th Senate District, where Senate
President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, will be termed out in
2008. Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, has thrown her hat
into the ring for the seat. Although her Hancock for Senate 2008
committee hasn't accepted any contributions yet, her 2006 Assembly
committee still has about $85,000 that could be transferred."
"Home construction hits wall" writes George Avalos of the
Times. "Iron workers and carpenters work on the large
Tesoro Refinery construction project in Pacheco. Despite the apparent
slump in residential construction, other forms of construction
such as this are picking up the slack. It was bound to happen.
The job market for home building in the East Bay has begun to
stumble, halting a strong run. Although residential construction
continues to grow, the pace of employment expansion in the housing
sector is a fraction of what it was earlier this year. However,
nonresidential sectors are poised to pick up the baton, a welcome
development for construction workers who might otherwise have
lost jobs tied to residential realty."
"[President Carter] he is staging a literary
intervention with the publication of 'Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,'
a book that strongly criticizes Israel and the United States for
blocking serious peace initiatives and exacerbating terrorism
in the Middle East" writes Josh Getlin in his review of Carter's
new book in the Times.
Can you spell
after last night's earthquake.
the west-Berkeley Plan I'd sure-as-hell severely restrict the
hazardous materials allowed in the Mixed Use Residential area.
Da Boz emails
his December report
Bates Sworn in for Second Term
On December 12th, I was sworn in for my second term as Berkeley's
mayor. I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve the
people of Berkeley for another term and hope to continue to make
great progress in our efforts to improve services to our youth,
expand environmental initiatives, provide affordable and workforce
housing, build our economy, and run an efficient and effective
city government. Please feel free to contact me any time with
your ideas, concerns, or questions.
2. Berkeley Holds Second 'Youth Connect' for Homeless Young People
Earlier this month, I sponsored the second "Youth Connect"
program to bring a wide range of services to homeless youth at
an event on Monday, December 4th. Youth Connect, which was staffed
primarily by community volunteers, provided services to over 50
young people - including medical, employment and training, education,
DMV, library cards, animal care, assistance to go home, transportation,
warrant support and advice, and personal hygiene. This is the
only initiative of its kind focused on homeless young people in
3. City Files Lawsuit Over UC's Plans for Student Athlete Center
On December 19th, the City of Berkeley filed suit against the
UC Regents over serious public safety concerns regarding the proposed
"Student Athlete High Performance Center" - a large
underground sports training facility adjacent to Memorial Stadium.
While I am disappointed that we have reached this impasse, the
concerns raised by our public safety officials, lawyers, and others
clearly indicate that we needed to take this difficult step.
4. Robert Reich to Discuss Berkeley's Economic Future on January
I am honored to join Berkeley City College in hosting former U.S.
Secretary of Labor Robert Reich for a discussion of how Berkeley
can compete in the new economy. The event is scheduled for Thursday,
January 25th at Berkeley City College's beautiful new campus (2050
5. Voters Issue Mandate - Take Aggressive Action to Cut Greenhouse
In November, Berkeley voters called for strong measures to reduce
our community's greenhouse gas emissions when they passed Measure
G with an overwhelming 81% of the vote. Measure G calls for the
Mayor to work with the community to develop and submit an emissions
reduction plan to the City Council by the end of 2007. We are
now setting up a structure, applying for grants, and researching
the work done by other cities and organizations.
6. Mayor Bates Appointed to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission
I am excited to report that earlier this month, I was unanimously
appointed to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
by the Alameda County Conference of Mayors. The MTC is the transportation
planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine-county
Bay Area. In addition to coordination and oversight, the MTC allocates
over $1 billion every year in funding to mass transit, local streets
and roads, highways, freight facilities, and bicycle and pedestrian
routes in the region.
Meeting on Pacific Steel Casting Planned for February 1st
I am joining with Council Member Linda Maio and the Bay Area Air
Quality Management District to host a community meeting on the
emissions from Pacific Steel Casting in West Berkeley on Thursday,
February 1st. We will provide an update on emissions and monitoring
information, legal actions, and discuss next steps. The meeting
will be held at the West Berkeley Senior Center (1901 6th St.)
at 7 p.m.
days from today, ALL cell phone numbers are being released to
telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sale calls.
be charged for these calls!
this, call the following number from your cell phone:
It is the National Do Not Call Reigistry. It will only take a
and it blocks your number for five (5) years.
call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked .
You cannot call from a different phone number.
or go to:
Tonight is a spare-the-air
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
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.
"Have you seen Zelda?" "What's happened to Zelda?"
I've been asked, as if I'd know. Perhaps she's continuing to meet
behind closed doors in those non-smoke filled rooms. Perhaps she's
WHAT EVER, "HAPPY HOLIDAYS
The West-Berkeley Plan:
thoughts on my thirty-fourth year in Potter Creek
3:56 PM--irritant in front
room, dry eyes, lips, sinus congestion.
11:06 AM--irritant in warehouse.
Marsha has dry eyes, dry lips, a headache, runny nose. Marsha
took a day off from the law firm to do taxes. "It's creepy"
she said "You're going about doing your business and slowly
you get sick. Go into the back room with the HEPA filters and
you're pretty much ok. And if you stay out in the warehouse, it
goes way in about an hour or so."
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge showed 1.46 inches from yesterday PM through today AM.
Our Darryl "the man" Moore answers
ten questions put to
him by the Planet's Jonathan Wafer.
900 GRAYSON made the East Bay's Diablo magazine. Their
review is on page 126 of the January issue. Besides recommending
the Grayson Burger and The Demon, the reviewer mentions the great
care taken with just an ordinary dish, the Hash Browns.
Last night Channel 7 News
did a story on Green business. Seems the Green image is becoming
more and more important in marketing. The Association of Bay Area
Governments said last month they had over 100 applications--a
previously unheard of number.
Ahh yes, the con is on.
Several years ago one of
Potter Creek's recyclers told me that employees of a well-known
west-Berkeley environment company told him never to pick up a
yellow container from their regular dumpster because it contained
serious hazardous material.
Oops, go boom, encore!
Another earthshake this AM
about 5 or so--2 point something on the Richter.
I was going to link the Planet's
story, "How Berkeley Voted in the Last Election" until
I read the first line "There were no big surprises in the
way that Berkeley voters cast their votes this year."
The Nexus property is back
on the market.
"Residents act to limit big houses" reports Barbara E. Hernandez in the West
County Times. "Although most cities don't have a problem
with new construction, neighbors who have to deal with months
of drilling, bulldozers and a 30-foot "McMansion" that
blocks ocean or mountain views may feel differently. It's an issue
taking place all over the Bay Area, from Santa Clara to Marin
County, with many homeowners finally taking a stand. Nishit Vasavada,
a Fremont man who was fed up when his next-door neighbor took
out a building permit for a 4,200-square-foot home in his Mission
Ranch neighborhood, led a citizen's revolt all the way to City
Hall. Vasavada, 37, discovered that the city had no responsibility
to preserve the character of neighborhoods. And without a homeowner's
association, he couldn't stop large-scale homes even though he
could be directly affected by them."
Many back-months of Scrambled
Eggs are still browsed, August 2004
being a favorite.
Oops, go BOOM!
"A small earthquake Thursday morning in
Berkeley further strained the nerves of those waiting for the
Big One, but the temblors are neither relieving stress on the
Hayward fault nor acting as a precursor to a larger one, a scientist
with the U.S. Geological Survey said" reports Doug Oakley of Times Media.
Oakley writes further "Townley [chairman of Berkeley's Disaster
and Fire Safety Commission] said Berkeley is in decent shape when
it comes to earthquake preparedness, but residents will no doubt
have to fend for themselves when the Big One hits."
Kind'a the Hobbesian scenario
"Each man is the other man's wolf."
"New Berkeley library leader keeping eyes,
ears open: Self-professed lifelong book lover wants to get handle
on priorities for staff and community" reports Martin Snapp of the West County
of landmark book store tops list of biggest stories in 2006"
writes Snapp. "A vote to impeach President Bush, the opening
of a new college and a mayor who got re-elected by the largest
margin in almost 40 years. These were among the biggest stories
in Berkeley in 2006. But the biggest story of all was the July
10 closure of Cody's Books' iconic Telegraph Avenue store."
Well, the biggest story in
Potter Creek was the opening of 900
huh, . .
. maybe Sally's dining pavillion making "House Beautiful.
nooo, . .
. could be Pete and Julie's "Alternate Tunings" debut
on KALX: Pete and Lin's upcoming KALX radio dramas? huh, that's
Hmm, . .
. could be . . .
marathon hike in the Sierras?
Christmas, Bob sent this email to our mayor and council members
I'm a U.C.
graduate in geology and a Berkeley resident
and I applaud your standing up to the University in
its attempts to continue building on top of the
Hayward fault. It is totally irresponsible of the
Regents. If they don't exibit good sense someone must
do it for them.
Eggs and Lox "Toughest Guy of the Year Award" goes to
John Phillips, harpsichord maker. John REALLY toughed-out late
Fall, early Winter.
Paul Bertolli [former chef at Chez Panisse, now sausage maker]
was mentioned in "The Economist," December 23rd 2006.
In the last paragraph of a story about cured meats, "Feet
in the Trough," the author writes "Bertolli, like other
romantics that transform raw flesh into something melting and
rich with a little more than salt, air and time, do not follow
tradition for its own sake, but because it produces something
extraordinarily delicious. And that tradition, like the meat it
produces, is something that neither the moths nor worms can spoil."
Many back-months of Scrambled
Eggs are still browsed, yesterday's favorite was January/February
"Daily principles are the real focus of
Kwanzaa week: African-American holiday lasts seven days; themes
include unity, faith, creativity, purpose and responsibility" writes Cassandra Spratling of the DETROIT
FREE PRESS in the West County Times.
"WWI vet's estate yields treasure"
writes Chris Treadway
in the Times. "A 67-year-old house in southwest Richmond,
long in disrepair and now for sale, offers no hint of its historic
past. But the house's contents, which were sold off at an estate
sale in late November, included a treasure-trove of documents
that chronicle the lives of one of the East Bay's most important
couples and the times in which they lived. George Johnson was
California's oldest resident and its last World War I veteran
when he died Aug. 30 at age 112. He and his wife, Ida Dulany Johnson,
who died in 1985 at age 90, amassed an enormous catalogue of newspaper
clippings, photographs and other historical artifacts and documents
that paint a vivid picture of the black community before World
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