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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

Amblin' Alameda: Twins!

It's 4 a.m., and the alarm goes off. Normally I’m an early riser, but never this early, so it’s a very important reason that gets me out of bed and moving purposefully. I’m heading for the airport to catch a flight to Southern California to get the first in-person look at my two new great-grandchildren: fraternal twin boys, Jack and Robbie, along with their older sister, Michelle. I can’t wait. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Twins!

Amblin' Alameda: Trick or treat

Halloween fell on the San Francisco Giants' World Series Celebration Day this year and is scheduled to do so again in 2016, according to the San Francisco Bay Area Calendar of Events. For once, the Gods of Rain took care of the little guys - that is, the wet stuff fell on the parade, to nobody's dismay since the heat of celebration evaporated the water almost as it fell. They held off on the trick or treaters - at least in our area, though the kids in the valley seem to have been affected. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Trick or treat

Amblin' Alameda: Octoberish

This is only my fifth October in Alameda, but I'm about ready to join the ranks of those who believe it's the best month of the year. Summer stretches deep into the month, outdoor activities are usually pleasant - and, oh yes, the Giants are playing for the World Series title. For the third time since my arrival!

Coincidence? Perhaps. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Octoberish

Amblin' Alameda: Pancakes

Sunday morning, we ate pancakes. We ate them in the downstairs hall of the Elks Lodge along with several hundred neighbors in support of the unfortunate victims of the Park Street-area fires. Seated at a table tucking into a pancake stack, we had a good post for observing the people of Alameda and I must say, they're (we're) an impressive group. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Pancakes

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