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Amblin' Alameda: Sagittarian Problems

Another year’s milestone passed for me last week as I added another birthday to the mounting tally. It is not easy being a December child as one’s birthday is inevitably subsumed in the greater frenzy of Christmas. Mine is not so bad, coming as it does toward the start of the month and compared to my daughter’s, who was born on the 26th, it is really small potatoes. All December babies suffer a little but that is insult to injury. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Sagittarian Problems

Amblin' Alameda: Family Time

We’re in a lull in the wind and rainstorms right now and the streets are wet and slick. The sunlight is so filtered by the cloud cover that it appears weak and sickly and not at all related to the glare of the summer sun. Through the window everything appears cold and gray though in fact it is only chilly, but appearances matter and I can almost feel the shivers running through me. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Family Time

Amblin' Alameda: The Culture Wars Are Over

We have just completed a national election in which the main mantra was “jobs, jobs, jobs” and the main focus was the economy. This despite strong attempts to make it about “Choice,” “Immigration” and "Gay Marriage." In China a similar process is underway, more secretive but still with the focus on the economy and how to keep it growing and how to grow the number of people in the “middle class.” Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: The Culture Wars Are Over

Amblin’ Alameda: Why I Vote

A person who is very dear to me recently expressed a commonly held misconception about our political system, to wit; “They’re all thieves. No matter who gets in they do what they’re told by the big money boys. None of them are going to make any difference to me since they’ll both be stealing as much as they can.” Read more >> about Amblin’ Alameda: Why I Vote

Amblin' Alameda: Hot Flash

I’m a little over halfway through a series of forty sessions of high energy radiation to treat my case of prostate cancer. This is after a radical Prostatectomy (removal of the prostate gland) disclosed that the cancer had not been confined to the prostate. The radiation aims to kill off any remaining cancer cells. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Hot Flash

Amblin' Alameda: Muir Woods

We have a visitor to the family staying with us this week and he expressed a wish to revisit Muir Woods after a space of over 30 years. Accommodating as ever, we set out Friday (to avoid the weekend crowds) on the trek to the heart of Tamalpais State Park. It’s easy to get to the foot of Mt. Tam but a little trickier to find the road to Muir Woods. Directions like “keep going up” didn’t really help and some of the roads leading upward were daunting in the extreme. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Muir Woods

Amblin’ Alameda: Our Nation Is Not A Corporation

During America’s silly season, Election Year, we are assailed with statements to the effect of “we need to run the government like a business” and other really stupid ideas. “Running government like a business” is code for firing or otherwise getting rid of all those “unproductive” people like our parents and grandparents. Like our children and our veterans and like anyone whose appearance we find distasteful. Read more >> about Amblin’ Alameda: Our Nation Is Not A Corporation