After growing up on Bay Farm Island through the “Happy Days” era, and with high school behind me, I prepared for my future: Two years in a brass foundry, one year in a gas station, two hours at American Can Company, and six years operating Caterpillar tractors accompanied by a stint in the National Guard. Finally, I arrived at what I was born to do, stepping into my great-grandfather’s, grandfather’s and father’s footsteps, along with my brother: following 100 years of fire service history.
I witnessed an accident on Santa Clara Avenue, and the image has haunted me for two weeks. On my way home from the dentist's office on Santa Clara, I stopped to honor the crossing guard's signal to allow a woman to cross the broad avenue - or attempt to cross it, anyway.
As she stepped into the crosswalk, a car began to make a left turn into the intersection and before anyone could stop it, she hit the woman crossing the street. I believe the car struck the pedestrian's hip, but whatever the point of impact it sent the pedestrian into an aerial cartwheel, turning her almost completely over in the air before she hit the ground with a thump.
Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence local news review. Here’s what happened this week.
Today marks three weeks and two days until the Bay to Breakers race. To me, that means we are close to when my "taper" should start.
If you are new to running or if you aren't that familiar with training for races, this might be an unfamiliar term. Tapering before a race means to reduce the training load so that you feel relatively fresh on the day of a race.
There are many opinions about how long the tapering period should be to optimize one's performance for a race. Some people will dial back the training load for only a few days before a race, while others will reduce their training efforts for as long as three weeks.
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.
The Social Service Human Relations Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.
On Monday, over 30,000 people will show up in Hopkinton, Mass. for a little excursion into the big city known as the Boston Marathon. I reported on the results last year, when Meb Keflezighi became the first American to win the race since Greg Meyer in 1983. He'll wear bib number 1 this year, a special honor that is reserved for a race's winner from the previous year, and hopes to repeat. If he could win again, he would be the first American repeat winner since Bill Rodgers three-peated from 1978 to 1980.
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!