JULY 2004




Declaration of Independence

"WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the present King of Great- Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World."



The Bill of Rights

Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.






If you'd like to hear an MP3 of music played on one of neighbor, John Phillips' French harpsichords, check out the Triemer Cello and Harpsichord Sonatas performed by Ensemble Mirable of JungHae Kim and Joanna Blendulf. It will be available soon at Magnatune.com



During the weeks June 30 to July 14, JungHae Kim will be performing, teaching and coaching at the Assisi Summer Festival in Italy. Ms. Kim will be playing works of Handel, Rebel, Vivaldi, Marini, Sweelinck, Byrd and others.



Joanna Blendulf will be playing at the Carmel Bach Festival from July 17 thru August 7.

Ms. Blendulf plays cello on Gonzalo X Ruiz offering of oboe oriented baroque chamber music. Check it out at Magnatune.com

Ms. Blendulf is also playing with Baroque violinist, Jeanne Johnson, and harpichordist, Yuko Tanaka in performances of Baroque violin music at Magnatune.com


July 4th, I will announce the Scrambled Eggs and Lox "Babe of the Year"-January to June 2004. The winner is not only a Babe--the female equivalent of Hunk--but is intelligent, sensitive and accomplished--a fully rounded person. But clearly a babe!





From Missouri, Old Fashion Three Layer Pie


Mix 3c graham cracker crumbs 1c powdered sugar 12T melted butter line 9" x 12" pan, bake in 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, cool, and then fill.



Bottom layer 8oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese 2c powdered sugar 1c Cool Whip--stir well together Middle Layer 1 box Chocolate Jello Instant Pudding 1 box Vanilla Jello Instant Pudding 2c milk stir till thick, spread onto bottom layer Top Layer small container Cool Whip spread Cool Whip onto Middle Layer, sprinkle chocolate shavings on top.



This weekend Kimar will be appearing at the family beach house caring for and feeding six people.

"Well ok then"







Scrambled Eggs and Lox staff unanimously acclaimed Baroque harpsichordist, JungHae Kim

Babe of the Year

JungHae Kim, harpsichordist



From the Top is a radio show about kids and classical music. It can be heard every Sunday morning from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on KDFC-FM. Check it out! They also have a website and offer "At From the Top, we celebrate kids who've shown commitment to music and the arts. Through our nationally broadcast radio show, our in-school programs and our website, we strive to give dedicated young classical musicians a platform to express themselves and inspire others. They are not only the future of classical music, they are our future, and they deserve our full support and encouragement."




Bob Kubik reports that the mayor's office continues to take an interest in our prostitution problem, as does Berkeley PD. Bob, himself, believes that the police are keeping up there aggressive enforcement and that it's working. And the mayor's representative encourages all to report all incidents to the police.

On a bicycle ride around Potter Creek Sunday morning, we noticed two used condoms in front of the Ecole Bilingue campus on 9th Street and one in front of a house on 8th and Grayson.

You know that you're a real Potter Creeker when, on a bicycle trip through residential Alameda, you mistake two small deflated 4th of July balloons for used condoms lying in the street.

Old-time Potter Creek residents can't remember a time when the problem has been this bad. And, some remember a time when there was no problem at all.

In talks with some new renters and owners last week, several mentioned that they are considering moving.

I wonder what our neighborhood developers and landlords tell perspective buyers and renters about Potter Creek. Do they mention that we have the highest concentration of hazardous material users in the city, that our mixed-use zoning is fraught with conflict, that we have a higher than average diesel particulate-matter in our air, or that hookers give blow-jobs to johns in our doorways?

And what do our realtors say?




There are lots of ways to get to work in Potter Creek

Red, the glassman, likes to scoot





Ah, mid-morning in Potter Creek. The printer's ink odor in front of my door has a new flavor today, fresh paint. "Do you paint?" I've asked my neighbor Tom. "No we don't" he confidently assured me "probably the welders next door." (Fwish, fwish goes his partner's spray can as he merrily goes about his work unmasked.) I've also asked neighbor-Tom about the alien odor that regularly fills my warehouse. "Smells like melting plastic drop-cloths" remarked my former neighbor Paul as he began to sneeze, hurriedly leaving. "You know the EPA is concerned about alcohol-fired baking ovens" mused Tom.



A gourmet reader from Mexico City offers her

Isabel's Strawberries:

1 pound of fresh strawberries
1/2-cup of sugar
2-cups of white dry wine
1/4-cup of freshly chopped basil

After washing the strawberries, put them on a large bowl and cover them
with the sugar, wine, and basil. Mix everything with your hands, being
Cover them and leave them a couple of hours--mix them
from time to time.

(I'm not very good at writing these kind of things in English, I
usually do it in Spanish.) Isabel

Isabel's Mint Chicken recipe is coming soon.



The Junket is a "European Style Cafe and Delicatessen" owned by Bruno and Cindy Frisch. It is more accurately a German/Austro-Hungarian delicatessen and cafe filled with meats and sausages--bockwurst, knockwurst and bratwurst, cookies and old fashioned candies--amaretto cake and marzipan, condiments--vanilla sugar, sweet paprika, cheeses, German wines and, of course, zwieback. You can eat there, too. Check them out! They are at 235 El Cerrito Plaza, at the far end of the Farmer's Market. There phone is 510-524-4622. (But, where are the German and Austrian flags. I see the flags of Sweden, Norway and Denmark but not the German tricolor or the Austrian red and white.)



Looking for an alternative to the Phone Company--any phone company? Check out "Make All the Calls You Want Over the Internet" at SF Gate.com





Today is Bastille Day in France.





A church on about Cedar and Sacramento displays a large banner proclaiming "War is Not the Answer." What is the question?





In his Berkeley Daily P story, "Developer Gives First Look at West Berkeley Project Plans," Richard Brenneman writes "A San Mateo developer presented the city staff with plans for a 212-unit, five story West Berkeley housing complex with ground floor commercial space, which would fill the entire block between University Avenue and Addison street and between Third and Fourth streets. . . . Kava Massih, a noted Berkeley architectural firm, is designing the project for . . . the Urban Housing Group . . . a subsidiary of Marcus & Millichap, a leading national real estate investment brokerage firm . . . "

Hey Kava, how about designing in a little green space? Don't, as our Amerindian brothers say, JUST "cement over our Mother's face."


Richard Brenneman also reports in "Creek Crisis Confronts City and Homeowners" "As Berkeley officials ponder revisions to the city's ground-breaking 1989 creeks ordinance, city engineers have presented them with sobering news on the state of the underground concrete structures that enclose nearly half of Berkeley's creek channels. According to a report presented to the City Council Tuesday evening, Berkeley's buried creeks pose an increasing danger to 2,000 homeowners and already stretched municipal coffers. The report revealed that these creeks are channeled through decaying underground culverts, half of them on city property."




So far this year, the Scrambled Eggs and Lox pages have received 20,134 visits and I estimate, well over 100,000 hits.

I'd like to report that the pages dealing with the burning Potter Creek or Berkeley issues had the most visits. But so far, the July 2004 page ranks number one, knocking Jerry Victor's Viper out of first place--maybe the Babe of Year feature? I've received the most email ever about the Babe feature. There's a lesson there, somewhere?

(Maybe the July attraction is The Declaration of Independence? Naw, . . . that's seditious.)








"Andronico's Ponders Closing Emeryville Store" reports James Temple of the West County Times. When, during the Seventies "Gas Crisis," Mary Kate Connor and I drove past the Texaco on San Pablo she'd remark "Hey, the no-gas station." I've always thought of the Emeryville Andronico's as the no-grocery store. Most people I know in Potter Creek don't even go there, preferring the bigger University Avenue store with it's great variety and selection. It's been rumored for over a year that the Emeryville store was closing.




Channel 7 News reported last night that, according to a recent poll, the California electorate's concerns this November will be overwhelmingly ecological--the enviroment and air quality being the most important.



Kimar makes jewelry and handbags, and sews quilts, as good as her tips, recipes and restaurant reviews. Go to Kimar's Place and check them out. For her recipes and restaurant reviews read Kimar's Foods of Berkeley.


Kimar's Uncooked Pasta Sauce recipe will soon follow.





How smart are search engines? Well, last night in a fit of egomania I searched Ronald Penndorf on Google. I mostly found references to me as an authority on classical LPs. But toward the bottom of page-one there appeared

multiple sex partners in Aldeburgh---Some Moments with Janos Starker by Harold Lawrence. Monteux's San Fransico Years by Ronald Penndorf. Charles Mingus by Richard Brown.

"But I never had multiple sex partners in Aldeburgh" I thought. Curious, I clicked on For more details about this multiple sex partners in Aldeburgh web page click here and there found a non-explanation. Finally. in frustration I went to the listed articles, which appear on my Journal of Recorded Music 8, searched for Aldeburgh and found references to the Aldeburgh Music Festival in two of Harold Lawrence' pieces-a remembrance of Leonard Bernstein and an interview with acoustic architect, Derek Sugden.

Well, there was that afternoon in Berkeley in the '60s.



Uncooked Pasta Sauce

This is best made at the peak of the season when the tomatoes are juicy and ripe.

6 medium tomatoes(preferably heirloom)
2 cloves garlic crushed
10 or 12 basil leaves finely sliced or torn
10 T good quality olive oil (extra virgin) 1/4 C plus 2 T
Place tomatoes in a bowl.  Boil a few cups of water and pour over.  Let sit for 2 min or so.  Pour off and fill bowl with cold water.  (This makes it easier to peel the tomatoes.)
Peel tomatoes, slice in half horizontally and squeeze out the seeds.  Place tomatoes on a cutting board and dice.
Place diced tomatoes into a glass bowl.
Press garlic into bowl with tomatoes
Heat olive oil in microwave for 1 minute
Pour over tomatoes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cover and let sit on counter for 1 or 2 hours.
Boil 1 pound of vermicelli pasta.
Drain and place in pasta bowls or 1 big bowl.
Put basil in sauce and pour sauce over vermicelli.
(For a spicy sauce as served in southern Italy and Sicily add chili flakes.)

Another way to savor the tomato flavor out of season is to roast and freeze them. My recipes for this will follow. Kimar



"A computer virus disrupted Google, Yahoo and other leading search engines Monday" writes AP reporter, Anick Jesdanun in his West County Times ,"New Virus Disrupts Search Engines."

"Well ok then."





Makes about 24 slices

These tomatoes make wonderful additions to sandwiches and pasta sauces, or can be
served on their own as a side dish with fsh or chicken.

8 large tomatoes 4 tablespoons coarse or sea salt 3 tablespoons freshly ground black Pepper 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup fresh herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, chervil, sage (optional)

1. Heat oven to 250°. Slice tomatoes thickly, to yield about three slices per tomato. Eat or discard the ends. Place silces on a parchment-covered baking sheet.

2. Mix together salt, pepper, and sugar. Brush tomatoes with olive oil, and sprinkle a large pinch of salt mixture on each tomato. Sprinkle on herbs, if using.

3. Roast the tomatoes for 3 hours. Or roast for 2 hours, turn off oven, and leave overnight.

From Martha "Nelson Mandela went to jail too, you know" Stewart Kimar


Large local supermarkets charge as much as 67 percent more than small stores for the same brand of milk, markups that have helped push Bay Area costs to the highest level in the nation, according to a consumer group's study." writes James Temple of the West County Times in his"Bay Area Getting Milked by Supermarkets: Report finds shoppers here pay big moola to slake thirst"