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Amblin' Alameda: New streets

After walking and driving the streets of Alameda for the past five-plus years, I began to think that I know this town pretty well. Intellectually I knew that was an overstatement, but emotionally, the feeling that Alameda was filling the place in me where "hometown" resides was very strong.

To my delight, I discovered how many streets of Alameda I hadn't yet been down or along this past Sunday. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: New streets

Amblin' Alameda: Out of towners

We are spending the weekend with friends and family from out of town, who are here to celebrate my sweetie's birthday. These are old friends who have come from the East Coast and Southern California and are themselves the presents my sweetie requested.

We ate breakfast in a local restaurant this morning and it was quite a sight: Five old geezers around the table, pretty much laughing our heads off and enjoying each others' company. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Out of towners

Amblin' Alameda: Return policy

Yesterday we were shopping in a store we occasionally shop at and often make purchases. We bought a pair of fuzzy slippers for my grandchild because she had hurt her foot and couldn't get into any other footwear. Alas, they turned out to be too small, so I had to return them.

We had paid cash and specifically asked about the return policy since she wasn't there to try them on, and were informed that if we returned the slippers within 30 days with no wear and with all the tags and the receipt there would be no problem. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Return policy

Amblin' Alameda: Little Free Libraries

Have you noticed the book exchanges popping up around Alameda? The Little Free Library movement is scarcely five years old, and new libraries are popping up all over the world. In Alameda, we've visited (and exchanged books with) at least a half dozen libraries, and more seem to be appearing every day.

The libraries are simply boxes on a post - roughly the size of an old newspaper box, but artfully handcrafted. They hold 20 or 30 books each on a rough average and have little doors to protect the books from the elements. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Little Free Libraries

Amblin' Alameda: Everything is relative

This past weekend, my sweetie and I drove up to Chico. The trip entailed three hours of driving through mostly rural scenery. The Sacramento River Valley is flat and broad and hot and the road is lined with grove after grove of nut trees. It offers very different scenery and a different vibe from the Bay Area.

So, what would induce us to take this trip? Babies! Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Everything is relative

Amblin' Alameda: Life with Cats

I just gave one of our cats her morning shot of insulin. Tiny syringe; tiny, tiny needle; and a small dose of insulin, delivered twice a day, approximately 12 hours apart. In her case, once at 10 a.m. and again at 10 p.m. Not an unbearable task. but one with layers upon layers of effects.

The first effect is that our sweet Bessie no longer drinks as though she's parched and is more active, more friendly and much more interactive than when the disease took over. The second effect is the one this regimen has on our lives. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Life with Cats

Amblin' Alameda: Alameda on the move

To get to an unusually early appointment Monday morning, I was up and out of the house by 7:30 a.m. Okay, you can cut out the derisive laughter now, those of you whose days are well under way by that time, and try to remember that some of us don't usually rise until a later hour and that we're not slackers but retirees and the like. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Alameda on the move