John Philips, Berkeley, 2005, after J.H GRABNER, Dresden, c1740
I am giving two
house concerts in March, to introduce my new CD, "German
Keyboard Masters". It's all Johann Pachelbel and Dietrich
Buxtehude. I've become completely enamored with their keyboard
music. It is no surprise to me that Bach walked for miles and
miles to hear and study with Buxtehude, now that I have been playing
so much of his music. Also, the similarity between Bach's music
and Pachelbel's is remarkable. Pachelbel was Bach's brother's
teacher, who in turn was Bach's. Anyone who loves Bach should
love all of this too.
My concert will
feature a few works from the CD, (those with *s) and other pieces,
since I wanted to learn more. It will be a good
representation of both composers' styles.
The dates are March
11th, Saturday, at 10:30 AM (a "coffee" concert), and
Sunday, March 12th at 3:00 PM ("high tea" afterwards).
course, tea and coffee, plus the usual home made cookies will
be available at both. Suggested donation of $10.00. The CDs are
all $12.00. I'll have the other CDs out as well, of course.
Praeludium in C
Bux WV 137, D. Buxtehude
Fuga in C Bux WV
Canzona in e Bux
WV 169, Buxtehude*
Suite in G Bux
WV 240, Buxtehude
"Auf das heilige Pfingstfest", J. Pachelbel*
Fuge in C, Pachelbel
Ricercar in C,
Fantasia and Fugue
in a minor BWV 904, J.S. Bach
"Alle Menscen müssen sterben", Pachelbel*
Ciacona in D, Pachelbel*
* on CD
Janine plays the
"GRABNER" on her CD
For concert information and/or
CD purchase details email
On first hearing Janine's
CD I knew something was different. It sounds like a harpsichord
in live performance NOT like a recording. "Voiced in quil,
not plastic" quipped John, the instrument's maker. But Janine's
playing has something to do with it, too--HER MUSIC FLOWS LIKE
WATER. Buy a copy
and listen yourself. Janine and John made the recording in one
all-night session in John's workshop--a wonderful space for music.
It was recorded with two mikes on Sony DAT equipment--Janine did
the mastering. "It has a clean, clear, sustained tone"
offered John about his instrument.
Check out John's
"Berkeley early-music series includes onstage
Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle. "The
Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, the early-music fest presented
biennially by Cal Performances, will return in June after a four-year
hiatus. The weeklong schedule includes a stage performance modeled
on a 17th century Roman Carnival celebration, as well as appearances
by harpsichordist Skip Sempé and the Capriccio Stravagante
Trio, the vocal duo Asteria, and Le Poème Harmonique. "
Though not a Leni Riefenstahl
effort, I'm told Zelda Bronstein's five-minute film, "Made
in Berkeley" is effective propaganda. "Very professional"
reported one viewer.
Wednesday morning around
9:30, the line was so long at Caffé Trieste that in 10
minutes, 10 people left the line or came in looked at the line
and turned around and walked out. Moe taught "Never turn
Pick up yesterday's East
Bay Daily and read Sara Steffens "Lawmakers aim to reform
foster care." Lots'a good stuff from Da Boss's Ms about her
co-sponsoring of foster care reform-bills.
The 2700 block of Eight was
blocked to thru traffic by two delivery vehicles yesterday morning.
In fact, a Berkeley Fire Department emergency vehicle couldn't
get thru. Fortunately they were not on a call. Unbelievably, the
delivery drivers did not promptly move their trucks or immediately
respond to a short the brap from the BFD vehicle. Bad Art!
Ed Hahn emails from somewhere.
What if there were no hypothetical questions?
Is there another word for synonym?
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge showed .65 inches on March 1st through March 2nd AM
How about a uke?
Checkout Pete's website at
"Newcomer Takes On Pacific Steel Casting
Suzanne LaBarre in our Daily Planet. "It was with a small
nod to irony that Willi Paul, a professional community builder,
admitted he made a name for himself in Berkeley by splitting a
community group in two. After moving to Berkeley about a year
ago, Paul, 46, joined a neighborhood watchdog group to protest
Pacific Steel Casting, a West Berkeley steel foundry accused of
generating noxious emissions. And now, he says, he is so fed up
with the city's inaction on the matter that he is considering
challenging Linda Maio for her City Council seat."
The very same Pacific Steel
Casting, Berkeley's environmental embarrassment, was featured
in Ms. Bronstein's five-minute film "Made in Berkeley."
Is my favorite Irish developer,
Patrick Kennedy, really buying Flint Ink for a large residential
and retail project immediately downwind of Pacific Steel Casting?
"Death on the Lagoon" writes Judith Scheer of the Planet. "If
you've been out recently for a walk beside the large lagoon at
Aquatic Park -especially around the little wharf that extends
into the water on the east side- you may have been struck by a
very distinct, very bad odor. It was likely the stench of dead
fish-about nine dead bat rays and a couple of leopard sharks have
been reported, according to Mark Liolios, whose organization the
Enviromental Grening, Restoration and Education Team (EGRET) supports
Then Ms Scheer writes "Aquatic
Park Awarded Grant to Protect Habitat. Egrets, coots, cyclists,
Frisbee players, rowers, bat rays, leopard sharks, rats, squirrels-Aquatic
Park offers something for the many species who live or hang out
there. These human, animal and bird occupants of the nearly 100-acre
park sometimes compete for space. At the same time they must confront
pollution from the freeway, which borders the park to the west,
the trains that rumble along the tracks to the east and the airplanes
and helicopters that roar overhead. A $2 million grant from the
Coastal Conservancy aims to protecting the park by improving water
quality and natural habitat." Read the whole story
"Visitor steps into role, keeps dance students
on their toes" writes
of the West County Times. "Thirty dance students at
Berkeley High School were treated to a class Wednesday from a
distinguished visitor -- Dwana Adiaha Smallwood, one of the principal
dancers with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which is
appearing at Cal Performances' Zellerbach H'll through Sunday.
'Take off your jackets,' she instructed the students. 'We're going
to get warm today.' "
Pete's Potter Creek rain
gauge showed .6 inches on March 2nd through March 3rd AM.
Pete's Potter Creek rain
Saturday and Sunday thru
Monday morning 2.55inches. Monday thru Tuesday morning .4 inches.
March 1st to the 7th, 6.75 inches.
I sprayed my 1/48th scale
P-47D airplane-model over the weekend. This morning, I found sparkles
on the paint. Last time I found these, I had them analyzed with
a microscope. "Silicon dust" came back the analysis.
Webster offers "Silicon compounds are used in industry (eg.
sand and glass making.)"
Next-store Adams and Chittenden
are manufactures of glass. But, they appear to run a pretty tight
shop--in fact were featured in the mini-film "Made in Berkeley."
Check them out at http://www.adamschittenden.com/about/001Who_Are_These_Guys.php
From my Log
PM irritant in front room. 1/10/06--6:55 AM SERIOUS irritant in
front room; 5:00 PM same. 1/11/06--5:43 PM, irritant in front
room. 1/12/06--2:03 PM irritant in front room; 2:44 PM same, cough,
dry skin, use mask. 1/14/06 9:04 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front
room, burning lips, mouth, eyes, mask, leave. 1/18/06--8:16 PM
irritant in front room. 1/19/06--8:40 AM serious irritant in front
room, light headed, dry lips, eyes, leave. 1/20/06--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, burning lips. eyes,throat. 1/21/06--11:02
AM irritant in front room. 3:00 PM irritant in front room, cough,
throat burns. 1/23/06-- 9:07 AM--irritant in front room, light
headed, dry lips, dry eyes, leave; 12:13 PM, SERIOUS irritant
in front room, eyes, lips,throat burn, cough. 1/30/06--SERIOUS
irritant in front room, use mask. 2/3/06--7:00--8:00 AM, SERIOUS
IRRITANT in front room, cough, eyes burn. 2/7/06--irritant in
front room, use mask; 5:24 PM, same. 2/8/06--afternoon, irritant
in warehouse, lips, nose, mouth burn, 2/9/06--1:53 PM, SERIOUS
IRRITANT in warehouse, leave. 2/10/06--8:43 AM, SERIOUS irritant
in warehouse, light-headed, use mask. 2/14/06--9:52 AM, irritant
in front room, use mask. 2/15/06--9:33 AM, irritant in front room,
leave. 2/17/06--12:52 PM, irritant in front room, lips, eyes burn,
use mask. 2/20/06-1:06 PM--1:55 PM, irritant in warehouse, cough,
light-headed, use mask.6:47 PM, same. 2/26/06--irritant in warehouse
off-and-on AM. 2/26/06-- ~9:00 AM, entire warehouse filled with
irritant, headache, dizziness, continues off-and-on all AM. 12:40
PM, SERIOUS irritant in warehouse-front, nausea, headache, burning
mouth, throat, eyes, use mask, 2:26 PM, same, use mask, continues
off-and-on in afternoon. 6:02 PM, irritant in front room, leave.
biz has left Berkeley. Mod Lang, dealer in Rock records and memorabilia,
has moved to El Cerrito. Their phone is -486-1880.
A Polish immigrant went to the DMV to apply for a driver's license.
Of course, he had to take an eye sight test.
The tester showed him a card with the letters: 'C Z W I X N O S T A C Z.' "Can you read this?" the tester asked.
"Read it?" the Pole replied, "I know the guy."
of Jerry Landis for decades, known him for 10 or 12 years, and
we've been good friends for the last few years. A Berkeley citizen
since the '60s, he's been actively involved in our community for
almost as long. Jerry's older sister Jean was one of the first
women to fly for the Army Air Force. She was a WASP ferry pilot
during WWII and flew P-51s almost exclusively. Understand the
P-51 was our hottest fighter, a challenge for a man let alone
(Women's Airforce Service Pilot), Jean Landis c 1944
July 1943 the growing numbers of women pilots being trained for
AAF service were consolidated in the Women's Airforce Service
Pilots, the WASPs. By the end of the program 1074 women had flown
for the AAF, piloting every type of military aircraft from the
B-29 to America's first jet, the P-59. Fighter aircraft, particularly
the P-47 and the P-51, were ferried in great numbers by the WASPs.
These women loved single seaters and considered flying fighters
the essence of what it meant to fly. One woman fortunate enough
to be assigned fighters for most of her wartime carrier was Jean
Landis. Landis was sent to Brownsville, Texas, for fighter transition
training, and when time came for her first flight in a fighter,
she drew a P-51. . . .
also flew a number of other types, including the P-47: 'The P-47
was a bucket of bolts compared to the Mustang; it was too heavy
and sluggish. But when you got in a Mustang, it felt like you
had just strapped the wings on. You didn't feel you had any fuselage
around your body, you were a part of the airplane.'
had the good fortune to be stationed at the Ferrying Division
at Long Beach, California, flying nothing but P-51s. The new fighters
were picked u p at I nglewood and flown all over the country,
particularly to Newark, New Jersey, where they were prepared for
shipping overseas. Reactions to a woman climbing out of a P-51
were: 'Varied, mostly startled. Once I few into a field that was
off-limits but the weather was bad and I had a slight mechanical
problem so l called in and asked for permission to land. I kept
radioing "P-51 ready to land; awaiting final landing instructions."
It was sort of garbled and they kept asking me to call in again
and again. Finally they said: "Waggle your wings if you receive!"
So there I was waggling away and pretty soon they came back: "Lady,
the only thing we see up there is a P-51! Where are you?"
I replied: "That's me! I am the P-51!" They couldn't
believe it-they were looking for a Piper Cub or something. Finally,
when I landed, what a welcome I got. Word got around that a gal
was flying that thing. They were darlings. By the time I had taxied
up to the line, following the little Follow Me truck, there were
lots of guys around to see what kind of woman was flying this
P-51. They'd never heard of us, the WASPs.'
had to pay for all our clothing, had no medical or insurance benefits
or many other military benefits,' Jean recalls. 'The WASPs were
subject to military discipline and lived in the Officers' Quarters,
but they were not allowed most military privileges and received
less money than men doing the same job. But we were there to fly
and loved every minute of it.'"
A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY
by Jeffrey Ethell.
with '60s stuff like, "You don't always get what you want
but always get what you need" and "Time is what we invented
to keep everything from happening at once," I discovered
this story by accident while researching the P-51"Mustang"
fighter. A little bored at paging through a book about the P-51,
I stopped at a photo of a good looking woman standing on the wing
of this fighter. Three days later, Landis showed up at my door,
Xerox in hand with "I got something you should read about
now retired, divides her time between Idaho and Southern California.
"State Officials Order Radiation Tests
for Campus Bay Site" reports Richard Brenneman of Our Planet.
"State officials have ordered extensive new tests at Richmond's
Campus Bay, looking for radiation, dioxin, asbestos, hexavalent
chromium, cyanide, methyl mercury and other hazardous substances."
"Concert benefits hub for budding musicians.
Jazzschool offers dozens of classes for beginners, hobbyists and
writes Martin Snapp of The Times. "World-famous mezzo-soprano
Frederica von Stade always gets more requests for her time than
she can possibly grant. But she's making an exception for one
of her favorite institutions, the Jazzschool in downtown Berkeley."
Boss has changed his tune on landmarks. Now he favors keeping
the structures of merit catagory but tighening it up. Damn, there
go Lipofsky and Auerbach.
"Berkeley again wins row with Sea Scouts.State's
high court rules city legally took subsidy away from group because
of Boy Scouts affiliation, possible discrimination" report Craig Lazzeretti and
Martin Snapp of the West County Times.
"Greenbelt stresses vision in building" writes James Temple of the
West County Times. "With the Bay Area population set
to swell by nearly 2 million people over the next quarter-decade,
few would dispute that more housing must be built. The ever-thorny
questions are: where and how?"
"East Bay tops area job growth" reports George Avalos of the
West County Times. "The freight car of the Bay Area economy
has turned into its strongest engine. The East Bay has long been
the home of blue-collar industries such as shipyards, steel mills,
oil refineries and chemical plants. Its products have ranged from
World War II Liberty ships to digital-age computer chips. It is
an office center and a bedroom community. It contains inner cities
and edge cities."
"Prisoner priest meets Berkeley congregation" writes AP reporter Justin M
Norton in the San Francisco Chronicle. "Clutching
a weathered Bible, the Rev. James Tramel arrived Sunday at the
small Episcopal church where he'll serve as assistant pastor wearing
a black robe and white collar instead of the blue denim he has
worn for two decades in prison."
Am I dreaming?
Two traffic studies of the Berkeley Bowl project are conflicting
but both agree that there will be a lot more traffic with a build-up
at the intersection of Ashby and San Pablo. (You know, I could
have told you that--and did--two years ago.) Something about the
Bowl traffic will probably be presented at the Planning Comission
meeting on April 5th.
has recently grown a beard and is looking good for 81--in fact,
he's looking good for 61. But his objection to the Bowl as out
of scale with its surroundings is hard to accept since it would
be across from the old Heinz building which is two blocks long.
Creek rain totals
Monday AM .45 inches. Monday through Tuesday AM 1.1 inches.
along Tenth are greening-up nicely. Ah, Spring in Potter Crik.
bike ride around the Potter Creek area revealed over a dozen listings
of property for sale, for lease or rent--more are not listed.
The old welding
yard on 8th and Pardee is for sale--11,440 sq ft at $150.00 a
Housing is breaking up and hauling away the old foundations of
the former Asphalt property on 9th and Ashby.
"Marion Nestle, the nutritionist and author
the food industry wants to muzzle, is speaking freely at UC Berkeley"
Carol Ness in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Cacao is now open for breakfast and lunch--it's often crowded.
Guide, my favorite surplus store, offers
E611A-89546 - 2-Prs. 30" Inseam Propper
Compare at $60.00 Sale $9.97 Club $8.97 Khaki: 31
Stone: 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36
"Nanny, two children briefly kidnapped
Berkeley police release suspect sketch" reports the Chronicle's Henry
users from over sixty countries have visited this site this March.
include (Germany) (Japan) (United Kingdom) (France) (Italy) (Canada)
(Netherlands) (Switzerland) (China) (Australia) (Belgium) (Poland)
(Philippines) (Finland) (Austria) (Mexico) (USA Military) (Czech
Republic) (Hungary) (Argentina) (Sweden) (Singapore) (Spain) (Russian
Federation) (New Zealand) (Taiwan) (Brazil) (Denmark) (Croatia)
(Portugal) (Greece) (South Korea) (Norway) (Turkey) (Israel) (Estonia)
(Malaysia) (Thailand) (Seychelles) (Chile) (Romania) (Malta) (Iran)
(Uruguay) (Peru) (Morocco) (Hong Kong) (Benin) (Azerbaidjan) (India)
(Colombia) (Slovak Republic) (Cayman Islands) (Zambia) (Indonesia)
(Costa Rica) (Slovenia) (Ireland)
Ruth are now going over interior plans of their building and hope
to break ground by late-Summer.
at 2720 San Pablo has been sold.
said that the old Drive-In on San pablo at the end of Grayson
has been sold. It is now a medical marijuana store.
arrested seven men and seized about 5,000 marijuana plants in
what officers described as one of the region's biggest pot busts
in recent memory. In addition to the pot plants, more than 120
pounds of dried pot as well as handguns and stacks of cash were
seized from seven locations in four cities, Berkeley police said
Friday. The seven men, who have ties to Oakland, Brentwood and
Castro Valley, were arrested Wednesday at a converted warehouse
in Berkeley following a five-month investigation. The suspects
face charges of possession of marijuana for sale, cultivation
of marijuana and weapons possession violations, said Berkeley
police spokesman Ed Galvan. 'This is the largest marijuana bust
that anyone can remember in recent history,' Galvan said. 'This
was just huge ... and very, very professional, with state-of-the-art
equipment.' Investigators believe the suspects had been running
the operation for at least two years."
"Berkeley Police Re-Package Crime Data" reports Richard Brenneman of
Our Planet. "People who turn to the Internet for information
about Berkeley crimes will get both more and less information
than they did before, but much more attractively packaged. In
addition, the new mapping system will allow neighbors to get a
quick look at events happening nearby, something the old system
doesn't offer.The Berkeley Police Department has launched Crime
View Community, a graphically rich online system that lists incidents
on an interactive map that can be used to search for events by
type, location and date."
approximately 1:45 PM units of Berkeley PD--including two motor
officers--responded Code 3 to a hit-and-run by a white Volvo 740--the
driver heading east on 80.
"Council to discuss sewer lateral upgrades.City
agrees pipes are failing, but parties differ over plans to fund
and inspect reconstruction projects" reports Martin Snapp of the
West County Times. "Who should pay for inspecting
and replacing the pipe that connects your home to the city's sewer
mains? And how many inspectors does it take to supervise the job?"
faces two liberal challengers."
Area housing market cools" reports James Temple of the West County Times.
"House and condos
sales were up last month over January, but well down from previous
year; also, units are not selling as fast.
"Bay Area inflation a possible 'red flag'.
call 2.9 percent increase modest, but note faster rate of acceleration"
writes George Avalos of The Times. "Inflation in the
Bay Area remains checked, but warning signs of pressure on prices
have begun to flash. The Bay Area inflation rate as measured by
consumer prices rose 2.9 percent during the year that ended in
February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. While considered
a modest pace, it is a much larger increase than the 1.6 percent
in December 2005."
sister provides this link to the Palm Springs Desert Sun
newspaper. In it is a story about Irvin Green the founder and
the owner of MERCURY RECORDS--a pioneer, who among other things
"invented," developed and refined aggressive product
founder instrumental in breaking barriers. Irvin Green of Palm Springs is still doing what
he loves as he turns 90 years old today. 'I like to put something
together and build it,' he says at his modest office near the
Palm Springs Police Department. 'It's an interesting activity'
He's talking about the real estate development business. . . .
[But] Green started Mercury Records in 1944. . . . Recording legend
Quincy Jones said Green broke racial barriers with him . . . .
Green attributes his egalitarian attitude to growing up in the
poor west side of Chicago with all types of people."
was indeed a pioneer. Among other innovations was his MERCURY
RECORDS Classical Division. A group of people that included Wilma
Cozart, the Division's head in the 1950s and '60s and the first
female record-producer. This Division was arguably the most creative
in American recorded classical music and even today its production
is available on CD.
Director, Harold Lawrence, has written many stories for my RECOLLECTIONS.
They provide first-hand accounts of the record-biz in the 1960s.
Read them in my JOURNAL
OF RECORDED MUSIC 2, 3,
And his wife Mary Morris Lawrence photographed many of the Mercury
artists. Check out her work at MOSTLY
MARY MORRIS 1, 2, 3,
has it that Mercury Records was set up by Chicago business men
to produce records for the Juke boxes in their bars---ONLY IN
my upcoming posts on our Potter Creek Hazardous Material Users.
Interestingly, when interviewed many users assure me that the
hazardous materials they use are good hazardous materials.
A lot of
chattering between the spatzies out in front on the phone lines
this time of year. Seems to be about whether or not to nest under
Adams and Chittenden's eaves. They've chosen not to these past
new irritant has arrived in Potter Creek--fumes, best described
as a mix of acetone, lacquer thinner, and alcohol. I noticed them
yesterday--March 22--at 11:15 AM in front of 2741 and 2743 8th
and Sunday when we came down from the hills at 2:27 PM in front
of AND inside 2743 8th. Though my HEPA filters--at 2743 8th--had
been running all day they could not clean the air. Unusual, for
they immediately clean the air of any post-baked-bean-lunch gas
in a 12' x 12' room. These new fumes linger and "feel cold"
like evaporating acetone.
Don Yost has moved his residence
should read "Former Buttercup Baker Who Totaled Penndorf's
Peugeot 404 Wagon Selected for Art Display." But, instead
"Noted muralist John Wehrle has won a public competition
sponsored by the City Arts Commission to create a welcoming entrance
into the West Berkeley Rail Stop and Transit Plaza Project, located
near the Fourth Street commercial district." Another ex-Buttercuper makes
good along with Suzy Orman, Nobel Prize Winner, Kary Mullis and
Sullivan bought the welder's building on Pardee between 8th and
9th--escrow will close April 15th. Sullivan also bought the11,400
square foot welding yard for bakery use. Does that mean more of
his bakery-stink mixed with the delicious smell of baking bread?
Com'on Sullivan just what is that crap? We never produced it in
all the years we baked at the Buttercup.
contractor was surveying the lot in the 2800 block of 7th last
week--it is a proposed "loft project."
behind YAS' Automotive is for sale.
"Buyers wary of adjustable mortgages. Allure
of ARMs waning in state; rising interest rate raises questions
about affordability for home buyers" reports James Temple of the
West County Times. "The use of so-called exotic mortgages
is plummeting in California as home buyers become less willing
to use the riskier loans and lenders seem less eager to issue
"For the past four years I haven't been
able to drive past the corner of Oregon Street and Martin Luther
King Jr. Way in Berkeley without feeling a twinge of sadness.
That's because Mr. Charles isn't there anymore" remembers Martin Snapp of The
"New parks director discusses goals. Finishing Eastshore
State Park is her priority, but offering opportunities for youths
to enjoy the outdoors ranks high, too."
"From bust to boom -- with a catch"
George Avalos of the West County Times. "Led by a
resilient 'innovation economy,' the Bay Area has rebounded from
the dot-com cataclysm, according to a study released today. But
the region's rally is imperiled by an erosion of its talent base,
warned the authors of the report, titled 'The Innovation Economy:
Protecting the Talent Advantage.' The study suggests skilled and
innovative workers may defect to other communities because of
the Bay Area's costly homes, creaky transportation infrastructure,
and beleaguered public schools system."
market remains robust. East Bay employment jumps 2.3 percent in
past year to outdistance Bay Area and state" reports George Avalos "The
East Bay job market muscled up for strong gains in February, with
a lot of the beef coming from construction employment, according
to a state report released Friday."
I'm hoping to meet with Milo
this afternoon to discuss his running for Mayor of Berkeley. At
one-and-a-half he doesn't talk much, has a great attitude and
a lot of energy. I figure those to be great qualities for a Mayor.
And from my observation he's more mature than many.
If anyone can confirm that
the Re-activists and the Semi-establishment made the deal "You
get the Bowl, we get to keep west-Berkeley shabby" please
Nexus' purchase of their
building is still in limbo.
The Buttercup and The California
And just what is The California
Breakfast that Richards and Mike Haley invented? Well, it's most
likely the eggs-breakfast that you now have when you eat out.
(But, as breakfast is the lowly meal, you probably haven't even
thought about that.)
Yet, it's important to remember
that Richards and Mike Haley not only developed The California
Breakfast but they made breakfast a proper and respectable meal
Mike, as long as I can remember,
loved his morning meal best. When we lived together on Carl Street
in San Francisco in the '50s, Mike would sometimes make breakfast
for both of us, and I too came to love this meal.
Years later, when Mike and
Richards lived together, Richards would make Mike's favorite,
adding her own Georgian touch. An excellent cook from the South,
Richards was well aware of the hearty country breakfast.
So in the '70s, when they
bought the Buttercup Bakery and Coffee Shop on College Avenue
and made it into a bakery and restaurant, it was only natural
for them to make it into a breakfast-restaurant. (Understand,
at that time there were coffee-shops and diners but not proper
breakfast restaurants.) Simply, Richards knew about the Southern
country breakfast and Mike loved breakfast best. This was the
If there was an exact moment
when The California Breakfast Out came into being I suppose it
was when Richard's started making Michael's favorites for the
restaurant: Fresh-eggs, quality meats, home-fries with onions
and sour cream, and a good toasted-bread were part of Michael's
morning meal at home. (Occasionally I was at their house at breakfast
time and it was always a treat.)
Then, I suppose if you own
a bakery-restaurant it's natural to offer fresh baked-goods with
the meal: And early-on you could substitute a pastry for toast.
Bagels and croissants were also offered, but bagels and croissants
were still popularly thought of as foreign food and breakfast
is a very American meal. Also, it is important to remember that
at this time breakfast out was pretty much a meal you had--often
rushed--before your day's work. It was not so much a special meal--and
social event--as it was just a way to get food before working.
Kruse Plumbing was then down the street, and I remember some of
the original customers were plumbers having breakfast before going
to a job. There were also truck drivers who stopped before their
run as well as milkmen taking their break.
(Perhaps the fruit garnish
was added when it became apparent to all that breakfast was now
social, even special.)
So there you have it; The
California Breakfast Out. Was this just a variation of the country
breakfast that, through good-timing, people found pleasure in
eating in a restaurant? Is California Cuisine just fish and under-cooked
Of course not.
Many people, other than Mike
and Richards, were involved in making the Buttercup. Moe Moskowitz
lent money and support, Mary Guenther provided heart and soul,
Karl Mullis provided color and was a hard worker, Suze Orman found-herself
and brought loyal customers, and Nancy Lawrence at Wells Fargo
Elmwood was simply indispensable. She was always there. (Oh, Nick
Victor, with failing health and eyesight, and preoccupied with
his business and building two large warehouses, took time to give
sound, solid business advice. ) Me? It was a place to hang out.
Lots of Oldies running for,
or thinking about running for, Mayor. And pretty much "The
Usual Suspects." How about some thirty-something Afro-American-
or Latino-female, self-made, a mom, maybe ex-military?
The Times reports "East Bay housing construction
fell nearly 20 percent in February."
Pete's Potter Creek rain
Monday to Tuesday morning
.6 inches. Tuesday to Wednesday morning .45 inches.
Event opens doors, minds for young girls. Annual
event aimed at introducing students to role models in math and
science fields. UC Berkeley swung open the doors of its hallowed
halls to droves of West Contra Costa school district students
Wednesday for the district's 17th Math/Science Conference for
"Commentary: West Berkeley Bowl: Community
Needs vs. Power of the Wealthy" writes
Steven Donaldson in the Daily Planet.
But the last paragraph of
Mr. Donaldson's story is vague.
"Lastly, let's take
a closer look at the opposition to this project. It's primarily
funded and supported by someone not living in the neighborhood,
living in the Berkeley Hills, who can afford her own traffic engineer,
her own lawyers and to put other individuals on her payroll to
stop what she personally considers against her desires for the
City of Berkeley."
Who is this person? Who is
on her staff? How much are they paid? If paid, they're lobbyists.
What is the average age of
our Berkeley Power Elite? I'd bet middle-age or older.
"Housing market slowdown forecasted" reports George Avalos of the West County
Times. "One of the most bearish analysts tracking California's
real estate market issued perhaps his gloomiest forecast yet on
housing, a prediction that rekindled an incendiary debate about
The thing about the wealthy
in our counter-culture is they look like the rest of us--but they
The Potter Creek Oligarchy?
I've confirmed reports of mayor-candidate, Zelda Bronstein meeting
privately in Potter Creek with two of our community leaders and
others to plan Berkeley Bowl strategy and tactics--neither of
the leaders, to my knowledge, elected.
Camilla is a 1994 movie starring
Jessica Tandy and Bridget Fonda. It's a movie about the Brahms
Violin Concerto. It's "A warm, funny road movie." It's
it out! But be forwarned, Jessica Tandy's character talks
Pete's Potter Creek rain
Wednesday to Thursday morning
.1 inch. Thursday to Friday morning .15 inches.
March total 9.9 inches. Last
March total 4.05 inches.
Tomorrow morning, Papa's
celebrating his North Beach Caffé Trieste's 50th Anniversary.
Go over and help him party.
Front room filling with irritant--time
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