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Amblin' Alameda: Election season

These are the times that try people's patience - the times when our officials and wannabe officials demand that we pay attention to those who run our affairs, and try to make intelligent choices at the ballot box. Personally, I despair of being able to predict the future or even to discern the relative abilities of the candidates. It's clear that our civic duty requires an earnest effort to participate intelligently, but really. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Election season

Amblin' Alameda: Arson

Early on the morning of September 28, arsonists allegedly rampaged through downtown Alameda, setting seven blazes and unsettling us all. Three of the fires were within a half block of our house - which is certainly too close for comfort, especially during this season of unprecedented drought. Our reactions were shock, relief, anger that barely stopped short of rage and a real desire to see the perpetrators caught. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Arson

Amblin' Alameda: Civics lesson

This past Thursday night, we participated in an extended lesson in civic life which first left us very impressed and then very surprised. The "impressed" portion came at a candidates forum held at the Main Library and co-sponsored by The Alamedan and the Alameda Sun. Chairs had been set out for 30 attendees but as people arrived, that number had to be quickly doubled. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Civics lesson

Amblin' Alameda: Pain

There is nothing quite like pain to concentrate the mind. We share this trait with all other living beings. There is nothing that will take your mind off the mundane facts of life and nail it into one place than an action like poking oneself in the eye. Suddenly the rest of the world comes to a standstill while your brain focuses on the pain and what to do to make it go away. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Pain

Amblin' Alameda: Cats

We live with two cats, siblings from the same litter of gray tabbies: A male named Leon, after Leon Redbone; and a female named Bessie, after Bessie Smith. They are very nice cats, as cats go. They're happy with us unless the food bowl is empty, at which point they begin to make their displeasure known by sitting and staring at us until their telepathic message gets through. (It's a simple message: FOOD!) Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Cats

Amblin' Alameda: Cityscape

We took a day trip with some friends to San Pablo on Sunday to listen to some traditional New Orleans jazz and to even dance a few steps when the beat got to our bloodstreams. San Pablo is, when viewed from a traveling automobile, a standard-issue California town - newish, clean, modern and right out of the cookie-cutter school of California architecture and town planning. Anywhere, USA. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but you can't tell the town without a sign. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Cityscape