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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

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