Running in the 'Meda: Tilden Park

Do you like to run up and down steep hills? Then have I got a run for you!

This week, let's go to the southern end of Tilden Park. One of the most fun attractions in this park for children (OK, for lots of grownups, too) is to ride the steam train. It's quite a set-up they have there, and it is indeed a fun activity. But just a short distance away are a couple of great running trails that are part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail system. Read more >> about Running in the 'Meda: Tilden Park

Amblin' Alameda: Toothache

Nothing quite focuses the attention like a toothache. Invisible to others, it comes to dominate one's life with its single-minded insistence on being attended to.

Other wounds to the flesh can accomplish the same sort of focus, but only for a while. Usually one can eat and drink and read or watch TV to distract oneself, but a toothache is in a class by itself. Eating and drinking become problematic, and distraction becomes nearly impossible. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Toothache

Growing Up in Alameda: Can a ‘49 Chevy jump a telephone pole?

Dick Stevens worked full time at the corner Chevron station. His main car, until it met a brick wall at the end of Flower Lane, was a ‘47 Ford convertible powered by Oldsmobile. Dick was given this ‘49 Chevy four-door sedan. With nothing better to do, we used to ride around town.

One day Dick, Red, Budda, Flip, and I were cruising the back streets when Dick said, “Ya know, these Chevy transmissions are strong. I wonder, if I were to ram the car into reverse at 35, could it burn rubber backwards?”

“Do it!” came the cry in unison. Read more >> about Growing Up in Alameda: Can a ‘49 Chevy jump a telephone pole?

Amblin' Alameda: Neighborly

For the past several weeks my sweetie has been reading aloud to her granddaughter from Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird," while I eavesdrop from my chair in front of my computer screen. The life described in the book, which takes place in a small town Alabama in the '30s, is predictably full of racism and ignorance and rife with the sort of "neighborliness" we tend to glorify in our re-write of the American past. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Neighborly