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Amblin' Alameda: What women shouldn't want

One of Alameda's many outstanding features is its location. We sit in the very center of the action in the San Francisco Bay area; draw a circle around us 10 miles in diameter and everything important is within it. On Sunday we took advantage of our proximity to The City of Fog to have brunch with a friend followed by a matinee (and I think premiere) performance of "The Cable Car Nymphomaniac," a musical by Tony Asaro and Kirsten Guenther. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: What women shouldn't want

Amblin' Alameda: Rite of passage

This was the year I had to prove to the State of California that I was still capable of driving a car. Despite the fact that automobile use is a requirement of California living due to the dearth of public transportation, it is still treated as a privilege rather than the right it so clearly is. Caveats aside, I drove to the DMV in Oakland for my appointment. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Rite of passage

Amblin' Alameda: Ferguson and beyond

There have been riots in Ferguson, Mo. over the past week, and it's not clear when they will end. After three months of waiting for a grand jury to deliver its findings, the nation heard that these 12 people found no reason to charge the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man with any sort of wrongdoing. The reaction was both predictable and understandable: A young man had lost his life at the hands of another and no consequences ensued. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Ferguson and beyond

Amblin' Alameda: Rain

Awakened in the pre-dawn hours by the sound of raindrops, I was, momentarily, completely disoriented. The sound was so unusual that for a moment I couldn't place it and my mind went careening off into a universe of dislocation dominated by the news of the night before. Was I in Africa dealing with Ebola? In Syria dealing with ISIL? In the Ukraine dealing with Russia? In Berkeley dealing with the threat of out-of-sight tuition? Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Rain

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