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Amblin' Alameda: Home again, home again

For professional reasons, my sweetie had to attend a conference in a spiffy spa/hotel in Monterey. For personal reasons (driving, aiding in getting around, fetching and carrying and general errandry and companionship) I accompanied her. We drove down there on Thursday and back again on Sunday, and boy was I happy to get back home. Home to our cool house and waiting cats, and home to Alameda. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Home again, home again

Amblin' Alameda: Officer-involved shooting

On this Memorial Day weekend, filled with meals with friends and phone calls to family, when barbecue and corn on the cob are the order of the day and half the country travels to see the other half, I was disturbed by an image I couldn't banish from my mind. It was the video clip of two policemen in a town nearby, guns drawn and pointed, following a man carrying a pair of garden shears down the street. They were shouting at him to lay down the shears but he kept walking away from them. The end of this tableau comes when the officers shoot this man, killing him. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Officer-involved shooting

Amblin' Alameda: Brotherly love

This morning we dropped my sweetie's brother off at the Oakland airport for his return flight to Maryland. Tears were held back, hugs exchanged and regards to his wife were given. His visit of four days was his birthday present to his sister, and we spent most of it sharing meals, seeing sights and talking about old times. They have a very loving and friendly relationship, obviously enjoy each other's company and in general set a great example of sibling attachment. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Brotherly love

Amblin' Alameda: Moms

Mother's Day was just upon us, the most important commemoration of the year! It doesn't get the attention of the Majors - those holidays which have been turned into economic engines such as Christmas, which looms as a determinant of retail success or failure for the period - though it does contribute to the florists' well-being for this quarter. In fact, with the advent of online flower sales, Mother's Day can now be handled with the click of a mouse and no longer requires a Sunday trip to honor the matriarchy.

Too bad, I say, truly too bad. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Moms

Amblin' Alameda: May Day


Alameda, CA
United States

Summer came to Alameda on May 1 this year and we retreated to our back yard to greet it. We sat on our back porch under a canopy of morning glory vines and sipped ice water and enjoyed the gentle breezes. Our yard is surrounded by a hedge of bamboo and the wind rustles the leaves with a musical rubbing sound that, if listened to long enough, will put one into a light doze. It certainly does so for our cat, who stretches out in the shade of a wicker chair, yawns, flicks his tail end and promptly falls asleep. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: May Day

Amblin' Alameda: The heart of the Bay Area

This season of the year, entertainments that skew toward the outdoors increasingly pop up on our radar screens. The weather invites us to enjoy the outdoors even if it's only in passing from one place to another. We have been taking advantage of the fine weather to gallivant around a bit, to San Pablo for a spot of traditional jazz, to the Embarcadero to lunch with a friend during a stopover of a cruise liner, to Orinda for a medical visit and to several spots in Berkeley and Oakland to dine. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: The heart of the Bay Area