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I just saw a wonderful documentary. It began with an item in the local weekly newspaper about a movie called The Wrecking Crew showing at the old theatre out on the former naval air station.

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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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I got to the airport early, dropped off the rental car, and walked around the mall-like atmosphere of the beyond-security concourses for a bit. They have a Fox News store in there, for crying out loud.    (more…)

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Last week, during our dawn dog walk at at the old naval air station, I noticed chalk lines and a long line of sawhorses set up on the paved pathway. They were covered with wooden planks, and poles had been set in the ground between the pathway and the shore near the boat ramp. There were two boats in the water. One was a wooden sailboat with an eye painted near its prow, and the other a smaller, white boat with two seats—perhaps fiberglass.  (more…)

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I’ve got the Giants/Dodgers game on TV. But it’s not our usual local television announcers (Jon Miller and Dave Fleming), it’s some national guys, Kenny Albert and ex-Dodger Eric Karros, whom I don’t care for. So I’ve got the local radio team on KNBR (Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper, with Jon Miller visiting!) with the sound turned down on the TV.

I’m amazed at how un-synchronized they are. The radio is about two pitches ahead of the TV! Which could be dis-orienting, but actually it’s okay, because:

I’ve got my computer on, too. Can’t you tell? I’m writing to you, after all. So I can bang away here at my keyboard, listen to the radio and, when something good happens, glance up and have plenty of time to see it on TV.

And hey, presto — there it is! Pat Burrell just hit a two-run home run to put the Giants ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the 8th.  I love all my media!

I’m going to have to hit publish and go use another appliance, the microwave, to warm my tea before the ninth inning begins.

Here I go!

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A very long time ago, so long ago we listened to music on vinyl and people still used typewriters, I had a very good writing instructor at City College of San Francisco. He was a published writer, and was very good about the nuts and bolts of writing: grammatical, thematic, plot development, all of it. He also didn’t hesitate to critique what he felt didn’t work, which didn’t endear him to some of the more sensitive students. (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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