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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

Amblin' Alameda: Alameda Point wish list

After 15 or so years and one major fiasco (SunCal), Alameda seems ready to pull the trigger on the development of Alameda Point. There it sits, nearly one-third of the Island, boasting fabulous views of the bay and the bridges and the Emerald City across the bay and the For Sale signs are out. While the citizens of Alameda are nominally the owners of this great property and should therefore reap the benefits of it, here in the real world that's not always or even often the case. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Alameda Point wish list

Amblin' Alameda: It's just physics

We had a medical appointment in San Francisco in the morning and another appointment here in Alameda in the afternoon. "We'll leave ourselves at least an hour and a half to get back," we thought. That would be plenty.

Heck, an hour should give us more than enough time for a 40-minute drive even with slow traffic on the bridge. We had done this before. But this time, fate intervened in a big way. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: It's just physics

Amblin' Alameda: Playing with strings

It's summer, and outdoor activities are all the rage. With that in mind, we took ourselves to Franklin Park on Saturday afternoon to enjoy the sun, the greenery, the soft breezes and the music being made by members of the Alameda String Academy. Several young virtuosi filled the park with the sounds of the old masters and were rewarded with a significant part of their audience running around in circles and flapping their arms in semi-rhythm with the music. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Playing with strings

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

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