Morton Chalfy's blog

Amblin' Alameda: New day dawning

We had friends visit us last week. They came on Wednesday and left Saturday afternoon. In between we indulged in our favorite pastimes of talking, eating, riding around to restaurants and coming home to hang out and talk and visit some more. This couple visits us often - three or four times a year - so they are aware of big changes when they occur. This visit, some of the changes are so palpable that they excited comment. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: New day dawning

Amblin' Alameda: July 4, 2014

Independence Day! This is one of the most meaningful days of the year to me, even if the fog obscured most of the fireworks. The day forces consideration of several big topics, with freedom foremost among them - personal, national and global.

America - that is, the United States - is the modern fountain of freedom in the world. America is the place where first Europe and then, the rest of the world, came to find freedom, to practice freedom and to build a free society. It is as the hotbed of freedom that my country earns my patriotism. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: July 4, 2014

Amblin' Alameda: Attack of the Allergens

This summer arrived in the midst of the worst drought in quite a while. It provided perfect conditions for the grasses to scatter their pollen far and wide in such abundance that those of us with allergic reactions to such things were placed under siege. This is my fifth summer in Alameda but the first in which I've been aware of any allergens at all. The grasses must have sensed that somehow and resolved among themselves to give me an extra large dose to deal with. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Attack of the Allergens

Amblin' Alameda: PSBA

The Park Street Business Association conducts a mixer for its members and guests the evening of the third Wednesday of each month. This is in line with the monthly mixers held by WABA (West Alameda Business Association) and GABA (Greater Alameda Business Association) and they pretty much all follow the same general format. Right after the work day is over, the members congregate at the current month's venue, a business that has lent its space for the meeting for the not inconsiderable benefit of introducing their space to the other members. Read more >> about 
Amblin' Alameda: PSBA

Amblin' Alameda: Home again, home again

For professional reasons, my sweetie had to attend a conference in a spiffy spa/hotel in Monterey. For personal reasons (driving, aiding in getting around, fetching and carrying and general errandry and companionship) I accompanied her. We drove down there on Thursday and back again on Sunday, and boy was I happy to get back home. Home to our cool house and waiting cats, and home to Alameda. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Home again, home again

Amblin' Alameda: Officer-involved shooting

On this Memorial Day weekend, filled with meals with friends and phone calls to family, when barbecue and corn on the cob are the order of the day and half the country travels to see the other half, I was disturbed by an image I couldn't banish from my mind. It was the video clip of two policemen in a town nearby, guns drawn and pointed, following a man carrying a pair of garden shears down the street. They were shouting at him to lay down the shears but he kept walking away from them. The end of this tableau comes when the officers shoot this man, killing him. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Officer-involved shooting