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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

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