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Amblin’ Alameda: Being Human

I have been thinking about being human ever since I was a boy in the East Bronx, in the forties. As a child I had the notion that I could go anywhere safely because I was sure I would be recognized as a fellow human being by anyone I met. The Bronx, like Alameda, had such a diverse population that it seemed representatives from all the world were around and I could easily see our common humanity. They would also, I reckoned, see mine. Read more >> about Amblin’ Alameda: Being Human

Amblin’ Alameda: Love the One You’re With

Walking along Shoreline I passed a couple coming toward me and noticed they were in a classic spatial relationship to each other. He was striding manfully along, tall and with a scowl on his face and she, shorter, rounder, not in as good shape, was puffing along in his wake and not looking too happy either. Everything I thought about them is pure speculation but it did set me off on this line of contemplation. Read more >> about Amblin’ Alameda: Love the One You’re With

Amblin' Alameda: A Walk Around Lake Lagunitas

A friend of a friend holds an annual Celebration of Summer Party at the picnic grounds around Lake Lagunitas and this is the second year we’ve attended. This year we had my friend’s granddaughter along, a vivacious 9-year-old who didn’t actually want to be on the trip since everyone else was grandma’s age and anyway, she didn’t like the outdoors that much. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: A Walk Around Lake Lagunitas

Amblin' Alameda: Growing Businesses

When I first arrived in Alameda a couple of years ago I was introduced to a descriptive phrase applied to the local restaurant food as “Alamediocre.” The phrase drew laughter whenever it was trotted out though it seemed a little harsh to me. Alameda food was compared to San Francisco’s world-class offerings and found wanting. Over the ensuing months and years I’ve eaten in many restaurants on both sides of the Bay and would have to admit that the food on the San Francisco side is, on the whole, better. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Growing Businesses

Amblin' Alameda: Jury Duty

Yesterday I completed the performance of part of my civic obligation by participating in jury duty. The notice had arrived a month or so ago and I left it sitting on my desk like an unresolved issue. Should I beg off? I’m old enough to be excused for almost any reason. In the end I decided to answer the summons thinking that it would be of great enough interest to make the experience worthwhile. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: Jury Duty

Amblin' Alameda: A Walk on the Wild Side

Very early Sunday morning I got into our car and drove over the High Street Bridge into Oakland. I was on my way to meet a friend who lives there so that the two of us and his three-legged dog, Maggie, could go for a walk in the woods. The three of us got into his car and while I fended off Maggie’s happy licks we drove up into the hills to one of several ridge-top parks and got out to walk. Read more >> about Amblin' Alameda: A Walk on the Wild Side

Amblin’ Alameda: Spring on Shoreline

Oh, the heady aroma of Spring on Shoreline Drive. The bushes are all in flower, the ground cover is covered with yellow blossoms and the sweet scent hangs in the air all along the drive. Busyness is left to the bees and other pollinators while beachgoers and strollers seem gentled and slowed by the fragrances. Even the ground squirrels, usually so wary and secretive, seem enchanted and content. Read more >> about Amblin’ Alameda: Spring on Shoreline