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Bumperstickers

I don’t see as many bumperstickers as I did years ago. I suppose they do look ratty after a while, but some were pretty funny. I saw a car with two pretty good bumperstickers the other day, neither of which I had seen before.

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One of the bay area’s radio stations, KFOG, has a retrospective program called ten at 10. At 10 a.m. they play “ten great songs from one great year,” along with commercial jingles, sound bites from politicians or other cultural events, and clips from movies popular at the time. A little bit of nostalgic time travel in the midst of the daily hurly-burly.  (more…)

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Amidst all of the chaos in the street riots in London, there’s something I really appreciate.  (more…)

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Man, this summer is sliding by fast. The solstice is almost a month back in the rearview mirror. Here in Alameda we had our Fourth of July parade again, nothing fancy but fun for all. (One year a friend came and was disappointed there were no tissue paper floats — nope, we’re not giving the Tournament of Roses a run for its money.)

A number of friends joined us this year, and one of them took a few pictures, which I’m only now kyping for the blog. (Thanks, Brtan.)

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This spring, one of my local PBS stations has begun carrying the Japanese news:  NHK “Newsline.” I rather like it.

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A few years ago we were quite pleasantly surprised by a trip to the Empire Mine State Park, up in Grass Valley in the Sierra foothills. A very lucrative gold deposit was discovered here during the Gold Rush, and it was mined for about a century.  It’s now a state park.

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Raised agnostic as I was, I haven’t had any institution with absolute moral authority in my life. I mean, my parents were pretty powerful for a while there. But they didn’t raise me to believe in absolute authority.

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 “Beware the Ides of March …   (more…)

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People are doing strange things to beer. And I’m not just talking about Dogfish Brewery in Delaware, adding juniper berries and “cardamom, coriander, ginger, allspice, rampe leaves, lemongrass, curry powder, and black tea, custom blended …  in India” then fermenting their beer in ironwood barrel staves, for the pungent flavor of the oils imparted.

Across the continent, on the comparatively brewing traditional left coast, I went to a Winter Brews Festival yesterday, and early on I stood in line and enjoyed watching a guy try to order Russian River Brewery’s Rejection  Ale. “When they ask if they can have Rejection,” one of the bartenders informed another, “tell them no.”

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 We saw a good movie over Christmas. Strong cast. Interesting plot. Gorgeous sets. And one of the best things about the experience was that I was well-prepared, before going in, for the worst of it.  (more…)

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