A copy of this
beautiful book is now up for auction on ebay at ronpenndorf3yvu
Form-Based Coding by Geoffrey Ferrell and Mary Madden
"The base principle
of form-based coding is that design is more important than use.
. . .By keying the form-based code to the street frontage, it
provides a different kind of 'zoning'--one relative to the logic
of the street." Read all of their paper at Ferrell
Madden Associates--urban, town planning and form-based coding.
From my log
irritant in front room, cough, headache, burning eyes. 10/30/05--9:00AM
severe irritant in front room, lasts all day. 10/31/05--same as
10/30/05. 11/1/05--8:47 AM, irritant in front room, leave; 9:46
AM, irritant in front room; 2:30PM, SEVERE irritant in front room,
use mask; 2:51 PM SERIOUS irritant in front room, use mask; 5:45
PM SEVERE irritant in front room, use mask. 11/2/05--7:30 AM SERIOUS
irritant in entire warehouse, lasts all day. 11/3/05 All day SEVERE
irritant in entire warehouse, burning throat, mouth, eyes, over-rides
filters, use mask.
"Investigation Looks into Dumping at Richmond
Site" writes Richard
Brenneman of the West County Times.
"Were drums of radioactive waste from the Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory buried in South Richmond? A multi-jurisidictional
investigation to determine just that is now being launched after
a survey detected buried metal where a retired UC Berkeley worker
said he helped bury the drums along the South Richmond shoreline."
Our Mayor's Fall Report includeds
"Berkeley Reduced Greenhouse
Gas Emissions by 14% Great environmental milestone! The City of
Berkeley has reduced carbon emissions from municipal operations
by 14% since 2002 - more than double the reductions called for
in the Kyoto Protocol. By comparison, the Kyoto Protocol calls
for a 7% reduction in emissions from 1990 levels by 2010.
Traffic and Parking Survey
In the September edition of the Bates Update, I asked people to
tell me their opinions on a range of new traffic and parking efforts
underway in the City. The results showed a real range of opinions
on everything from traffic circles to new parking meters. Take
a look at the results on my website http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/mayor/."
Our Jerry Landis asks Chronicle
movie critic Mick LaSalle a question and gets an answer here.
"Residents sound off on project" reports
Alan Lopez of the West County Times." While residents were split over the wisdom
of a striping project on Marin Avenue in Albany and Berkeley,
there have been relatively few complaints since the bulk of the
work was completed earlier this month."
"Human Stress Provoked
by Digitalized Recordings" writes Dr. John Diamond. Read
Want to reduce stress? Then
Make, . . . and enjoy
My Granny's Arkansas Cornbread
well-seasoned 9" cast iron skillet*
4 Tablespoons bacon drippings [vegetarians, please use ghee or
oil or any oil that withstands high heat]
2 cups white corn meal
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 and 1/2 cups buttermilk
[Always use the
freshest ingredients. Be sure your baking soda and baking
powder are not old.]
Preheat the oven
to 450 F. Place the skillet in the oven and allow the
drippings to heat while you mix together the ingredients for the
in a big bowl.
In a big bowl,
mix the dry ingredients. Add the egg and buttermilk and
stir until just blended.
The oil or drippings
should be good and hot by now but not smoking. Get
a rubber spatula ready and bring the batter close to the oven.
remove the skillet from the oven and give it a swirl so that the
coats the inside of the skillet. Pour the excess oil into the
should crackle and pop. If it doesn't, just remember
to let the oil get hotter next time.
Fold oil into the
batter quickly, then pour batter into thye skillet and
pop that sucker right back into the oven. Bake it for 20 to 25
or until the cornbread is golden and browning at the edges, set
Serve hot with
butter. This goes really well with black-eyed peas and a
mess of greens.
*If you do not
own a well-seasoned cast iron skillet,
get one. Ask your granny for hers if she doesn't use it
anymore. She will be flattered that anyone knows how
precious it is with its decades of having oil rubbed into it and
into the iron's surface. And if your granny is kind enough to
give you hers, please, please do not wash it with soap and water.
wipe it clean with a bit of oil on a clean cloth or paper towel
store it in the oven so it can benefit from your next baking session
become even more seasoned through the years.
Many thanks to
my Canadian reader.
"Teen girls anxious about abortion-notification
measure--Kids and parents don't always see eye to eye, says one
student -- 'I wish I could vote so bad'" reports MEREDITH MAY of the San Francisco
Chronicle. Workin' in Berkeley again, she is.
And, Annie Kassof is in Berkeley
as she writes "For the
children's sake, foster parents must fight becoming victims."
Read her at sfgate.com
Annie has a website now. It's here.
"Bring Back Armistice
Day in Berkeley" by Becky O'Malley is here.
It's very bleak
without a park
in Potter Creek
A reader emails "I used
to hang out with some Iranian Marxists when I was a sophomore
and junior at UALR. But we all lost touch over the years. Recently
when I moved into my own apt--I needed some time to reflect--I
signed up for Persian class and ended up very involved with the
Iranian community. One family who lived in my apt. building got
to know me because their daughter volunteered to help in my Persian
class. They invited me to dinner one night and it was such a lovely
time. These people are, as almost all Iranians I know are, so
very warm. They make you feel like a member of the family right
away. But I was looking at some photo albums and they would point
and say, 'well, he's dead now.' Then to another one, 'well, she
died in prison.' My eyes welled with tears. They also had both
been in prison when their children were small. The dad, Hassan,
he is so funny. He's just so ingenuous. His English is just brutally
bad, but he is so eager to try to practice what little he knows.
He knows that when he makes us all laugh, we are laughing at him,
not with him, but that we find him so adorable at the same time.
So he really just glows in the attention. He's the kind who makes
people laugh without meaning to, but then he's so happy that he
could be entertaining, so he joins in the chuckle. Anyway, we
were eating and talking about our similar circles of friends and
it dawned on me at the same time it dawned on them that we had
both been in Marxist circles. Hassan stood up, mouth still partly
full of rice, locked his gaze on me, reached out his hand to shake
mine and said, 'COMRADE!' That was a priceless moment."
Further proof that "she's
a woman--of course she can't make up her mind" ain't necessarily
so can be found in Fred Dodsworth's "Veterans Day program
in flux." Get the East Bay Daily and read his story.
The read his "Pollutants may go unmonitored" and "Evangelicals
join fight for clean air" from the New York Times.
"Nature worshiping tree-huggers"
and the "Holy-Rollers" unite. Damn, I love America.
It's very bleak
in Potter Creek
without a park in which to meet
"Claims of radioactive dumping in Richmond" reports John Geluardi of the West County
Times. "The state Department of Toxic Substance Control
is taking seriously claims by a former groundskeeper that barrels
containing radioactive material were dumped at a waterfront landfill
in Richmond 40 years ago. ... when he was employed as a groundskeeper
at UC Berkeley's Richmond Field Station."
My memory is that Brenneman
of the Planet broke this story.
"Bay Area papers hit
by harsh realities" writes George Avalos. "The Contra
Costa Times and its sister editions managed a small gain in the
most recent circulation report, but the San Francisco Chronicle
and a number of other big-city newspapers slumped." Read
the full story at cctimes.com
The Chronicle's Matier
and Ross report
"New details in July shooting of Berkeley student."
Pete's Potter Creek rain-gauge
showed .95 inches from last night.
Check out the poster-sign
on the north-east corner of 9th and Ashby--it's a good rendering
of AHA's project-to-be on that corner.
The Nexus property is FOR
SALE--a rectangle of about 20,000 square feet on the corner of
8th and Carleton--my understanding is that Nexus has the right
of first refusal.
"Land-Use Panels to Hear Berkeley Bowl
Richard Brenneman of our Daily Planet.
"Berkeley's Planning Commission and the Zoning Adjustments
Board (ZAB) will each hold hearings this week on the draft environmental
impact report (EIR) on the proposed new Berkeley Bowl."
Damn, it's the wrong Prince.
"A Princely Visit for King Middle School" writes Jakob Schiller. "Prince Charles
and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, made it a priority
to tour Berkeley's student-run Edible Garden at Martin Luther
King, Jr. Middle School Monday as part of a week-long tour of
the United States, in part devoted to exploring environmental
issues, such as organic farming."
Zelda B informs us--and without
Bother With Environmental Impact Reports?"
Our Annie K emails "I'll
be on KPFA-FM talking about adoption and foster care tomorrow,
Wednesday, November 9th on the Morning Show sometime betweeen
8:30 and 9am. I was contacted after my Op-Ed appeared in the Chronicle.
That'd be 94.1 on your FM dial, or you can listen online, KPFA.org.
It will be LIVE, so I'm a bit hesitant to tell everyone, but oh
hell here goes..."
Don't be meek
make a park
in Potter Creek
With a report of another
voltage drop on this power block, and subsequent monitoring, PG&E
has determined the problem to be on their service and will repair
it in the next few days. I reported the problem to PG&E about
two months ago. Since then, PG&E's Gary England has worked
on it--a lineman was sent out immediately, a trouble-shooter was
sent out, and voltage was monitored twice for a about a week each.
Our Acme bread is NUMBER
"Love those loaves of sourdough" writes Chrissa Ventrelle of the West County
"A friend once suggested that the Earth would be a more enlightened
place if everyone would just bake bread. It's a soothing, yet
mindful activity that lends itself to reflection. For those without
the time or will to bake, maybe just enjoying the Bay Area's rich
sourdough bread culture is a shortcut to finding a bit of peace
during the busy holiday bustle. ... a blind tasting, our humble
tastebuds confirmed Acme, . . . "
The Boss is going to "stop
global warming caused by greenhouse gases." For just how
he's going to do this pick up the East Bay Daily and read
Fred Dodsworth's "Mayors ally to reduce emissions."
After a long life as a Libra
I'm thinking of converting, possibly to Aquarius. I don't know
exactly what's involved but as I'm already circumcised that shouldn't
be a problem.
a Veterans Day Celebration downtown today.
It'd be neat to meet
in a park in The Creek
The City of Berkeley Weekly
Crime Statistics Update is here
And our Planning Department
Update is here.
Have some Greens with your
Though my granddaddy
used collard, mustard or turnip greens, I prefer
chard because not only do I find it less coarse and less bitter,
stems don't go to waste. In fact, in many part of Europe the stems
considered to be the best part.
2-3 bunches of Swiss or Red Chard, depending on how many people
Salt and pepper to taste
1 onion, peeled and quartered
a piece of bacon fat (Vegetarians omit or substitute a Tablespoon
lemon juice or vinegar to taste
Cut the roots off
the chard and wash leaves very well in a sinkful of
water. If greens are very gritty or straight from a garden, you
to repeat the process several times, changing water between washings.
Even the tiniest bit of grit left on the leaves could ruin your
so be thorough.
Tear the leaves
into more manageable pieces and cut the stems into 2"
In a large, heavy
pot, bring about 1/2" water to a boil. Put in some
salt and pepper (use your judgment), the fat or butter, the onion
just a splash of vinegar or lemon juice to cut the bitterness
greens. Put as many of the greens as can fit into the pot and
down with a wooden spoon. Greens will cook down to a fraction
original size, so don't worry about how you're going to fit them
Just keep adding and pushing them down. Give a bit of a stir,
eye on the water level so you don't scorch them and add more leaves
the first batch begins to cook down.
Some like to cook
greens a long time on low heat. If you are in a hurry,
you can raise the fire a bit and just keep a good eye on the water
level. Taste them now and then so you'll catch them just as they
the degree of tenderness that you like. For me, this takes about
minutes to an hour, depending on how young the greens are.
Serve with corn
bread and don't throw out the golden
elixir at the bottom of the pot. It's called pot likker and you
it up with your corn bread. The vitamins are in there!
John King reviews some of
Kava's work in his "Don't
let architectural snobbery interfere with your enjoyment of these
five ugly duckling Bay Area buildings." Read it at sfgate.com
"Habitot museum looks for larger space" writes Martin Snapp of the West County Times.
"Habitot, Berkeley's award-winning, hands-on children's museum,
might not be in Berkeley much longer. Executive Director Gina
Moreland said Habitot is looking at sites in Emeryville and Pleasant
Hill, both of which have more than three times the space as the
current 7,000-square-foot site in downtown Berkeley. "
"Home equity doesn't ensure future"
reports George Avalos
of the West County Times. "America is a 'spendthrift
nation' where consumers save less, spend more and hope the surge
in home prices will fuel their retirement, a Bay Area-based economist
said Wednesday. "
"Speakers Raise Concerns Over Berkeley
Bowl Plans" reports
Richard Brenneman of the Daily Planet.
"Given their penultimate chance to raise issues for the environmental
impact report on the new Berkeley Bowl store planned for the corner
of Ninth Street and Heinz Avenue, most speakers focused on one
Don't hafta be a Freak
to want a park in Potter Creek
Green's good for the bean
BERKELEY--Police officers unhurt by surprise
Steve Rubenstein of the San Francisco Chronicle. "Two
Berkeley police officers dived out of the way of flying bullets
Monday night after they responded to a reported fight in a North
Berkeley residence, police said."
nets eight arrests" writes Melanie Carroll of the Daily.
"Members of the special enforcement unit went undercover
posing as sex workers on or near the 2800 block of San Pablo after
the department received numerous complaints . . ." Well ok
"Citizens striving for cleaner air" reports Dorothy Vriend of the West County
Times."Janice Schroeder, a longtime West Berkeley resident,
was happy to hear last month of plans by Pacific Steel Casting
to reduce the odor of burnt rubber that residents say emanates
into nearby neighborhoods. But after nearly a quarter century
of battling the company over pollution, she is still worried that
it is not doing enough to ensure the neighborhood is safe from
toxic chemicals used by the foundry located at Second and Gilman
From my Log
11/1/05--8:47 AM, irritant
in front room, leave; 9:46 AM, irritant in front room; 2:30 PM,
SEVERE irritant in front room, use mask; 2:51 PM SERIOUS irritant
in front room, use mask; 5:45 PM SEVERE irritant in front room,
use mask. 11/2/05--7:30 AM SERIOUS irritant in entire warehouse,
lasts all day. 11/3/05 All day SEVERE irritant in entire warehouse,
burning throat, mouth, eyes, over-rides filters, use mask. 11/4/05--7:20
AM, irritant in front room; 8:36 AM, SERIOUS irritant in front
room, use mask, irritant in entire warehouse; 12:07 PM irritant
in front room, use mask; 1:55 PM irritant in front room, use mask;
2:47 PM irritant in front room, use mask. 11/5/05--5:09 PM irritant
in front room. 11/6/05--9:30 AM irritant in front room. 11/10/05--12:15
PM, irritant in front room. 11/11/05--8:25 AM SERIOUS irritant
in front room, use mask, 8:50 AM worsens. 11/12/05--1:20 PM, irritant
in front room; 2:37 PM, irritant in front room; 7:10 PM, irritant
in front room; 7:20 PM SERIOUS irritant in front room, use mask.
11/13/05--3:27 PM, irritant in front room; 5:00 PM irritant in
warehouse, eyes burn, use mask; 5:47 PM same; 6:12 PM same. 11/14/05--11:00
AM, irritant in front room; 8:20 PM, VERY SERIOUS irritant in
front room , burning throat and eyes, hacking cough, headache,
use mask. 11/15/05--7:10 AM, SERIOUS irritant in front room, hacking
cough, use mask; 9:30 AM, irritant in front room, headachem disoriented,
cough, lips and eyes sting, leave.
was Sunday and except for two bakers at Acme the only manufacturing
presence in the surrounding block was at Adams and Chittenden
Scientific Glass with George Chittenden present.)
"Berkeley salutes military
personnel--Berkeley's Veterans Day ceremony went off without a
hitch on Friday, with the Cal Straw Hat Band, Berkeley High School
Pep Band, and Boy Scouts Troop 19 participating." Read the
full story at cctimes.com
Yesterday afternoon I picked
up my friend Ferzaan at the North Berkeley BART station. He is
here from Bangalore on business, having just spoken at a pharmaceuticals
conference in Milbrae. He came to Berkeley for a visit and lunch.
On coming out of the North Berkeley BART station he was given
an all-too-typical Berkeley welcome--the stink from Pacific Steel
hit him square in the face. Mind you, we were miles downwind from
the facility. (On driving to Sea Salt for lunch Ferzaan mentioned
that he had an unexpected introduction at the conference. Rather
than the usual Dr Engineer has a Phd from . . . , etc, he was
greeted with quotes from a Scrambled Eggs paragraph that I'd written
on his last visit. He was pleased. A conference organizer, searching
the web for Ferzaan's stats found my paragraph and used parts
in his introduction.) At Sea Salt we both had Fish and Chips,
the cod coated with deliciously seasoned batter, the fries real
and perfect. Sadly, the batter was so thin that the fish crumbled
to pieces so small they were best eaten with a spoon. Through
the afternoon and early evening we made several trips to Trieste
and were treated with perfectly prepared, beautifully presented
coffees, but were served two "used cannoli."
If you want just normal Fish
and Chips, check out The Crispy Fry--Fine Chinese Food & Fish
& Chip in the Emery Bay Public Market, 5959 Shellmound Emeryville--their
phone number is (510) 655-9955. You get four large pieces of white-fish
and usually-real-potato fries for $6.40. It's fresh, tasty and
there's a lot. Also check out Mo's Schrimp!
Don't be meek
stand up for a park
in Potter Creek
Not so much a report as an
"Air district turns 50" by Denis Cuff of the West County Times.
"On many days, smog turned the sky whisky brown. Fires in
trash dumps and back yard incinerators spewed smoke. With no pollution
controls, nearly 1.7 million cars belched exhaust. ... in the
Some of the improvement is
offset by increased population density. For instance in another
area, today we have more and better roads yet greater and more
serious traffic congestion.
And our urban environment
has worn us down over the years. We're weaker--more allergies,
an asthma epidemic among our children ,etc, etc, etc.
From the Berkeley hills I've
seen whisky brown smog over the Bay Area in recent years.
Some people on Pardee received
no mail on Monday--"A mix up" offered a postal official
over the phone.
Irritant in computer room--time
People from these countries
and the US Military visited this site between November 1st and
(Germany) (Brazil) (Japan)
(Canada) (Italy) (Netherlands) (France) (United Kingdom) (Norway)
(Sweden) (Australia) (China) (United States) (Mexico) (Poland)
(Austria) (Switzerland) (USA Military) (Belgium) (Russian Federation)
(Finland) (Hungary) (South Korea) (Czech Republic) (Thailand)
(Spain) (Malaysia) (Argentina) (Yugoslavia) (Singapore) (Taiwan)
(New Zealand) (Hong Kong) (Croatia) (Slovak Republic) (Portugal)
(Saudi Arabia) (Israel) (Denmark) (Greece) (Colombia) (Turkey)
(United Arab Emirates) (Estonia) (Iceland) (Philippines) (Indonesia)
(Peru) (El Salvador) (Romania) (Ireland) (Guatemala) (Morocco)
East Bay Nursery has its
Holiday lights up.
Watch out for notices of
west-Berkeley open studios during the Holiday Season. Then come
down here and BUY their STUFF for presents.
Someone in the know emails
about the most effective way communicate with our Postal Service
"Telephone complaints are NO GOOD, as COA (Cover Your Ass)
are the normal answers given. USPS has an email address: www.USPS.com
or a letter to Postmaster Ralph Cherry, 2000 Allston Way, Berkeley
CA 94704 are the best methods of complaints. Written letters that
request a written response and or email are documented."
"Bay Area home sales down in October" reports James Temple of the West County
Times. "In a further sign of the cooling residential
real estate market, the number of Bay Area homes sold in October
declined for the seventh straight month and, as in September,
median prices dipped month-over-month."
The Boss now believes homelessness
is Berkeley's biggest problem. For details, get yesterday's Daily
and read Fred Dodsworth's "Mayor sings progressive tune."
Having just returned from
reading the Berkeley Daily Planet and The East Bay Daily
News at Café Trieste, I'm struck by two things--first,
the excellence of the Trieste espresso, and the other, the difference
between the publications--one, the Daily News, pretty much
reports the news, the other, the Planet, by-and-large advances
an agenda. So, . . ." take ya pick"--you don't even
have to "pay ya money." They're both free.
Now the biggest problem in
Berkeley? How to get elected in 2006?
You don't hav'ta be Freak
or even a Geek
to want a park in Potter Creek
What to have with baked ham?
Some thoughts from The K. Hmmmm... fruit is very good with ham.
A fruit chutney, perhaps? Scalloped potatoes? Something with figs?
Mac and cheese? (Up here in Ontario macaroni and cheese is a national
dish. It's called Kraft Dinner--KD for short.) . . . In the south
if we were having ham, we might have sweet potatoes or regular
potatoes, might have rice. Carrots! Oh, carrots would be very
easy and yummy. Here is a good carrot dish that's very easy to
granulated brown sugar
Peel, wash and cut carrots, fresh or bagged, to desired size.
Small pieces work best. Boil until fork tender.
In a skillet, melt
3-4 tbsp. butter. Drain carrots and add to skillet.
brown sugar as desired. Stir together until fully coated.
Saute in skillet
about 5 minutes. Butter and sugar will caramelize and coat the
Hope to get Byron's sweet-potato
pie recipe soon.
Ok, ok, . . . so all newspapers
have agendas. The New York Times, for instance, is certainly
capitalisms most sophisticated infomercial.
PG&E has upgraded it's
service on this power-block--I now have steady, fresh power. My
thanks to PG&E's Mr Gary and the linemen!
The Bark's Claudia emails
"Cameron and I are going to appear on NPRs Talk of the Nation
on Wed at 11:45 am-- I think. They were taken by our Katrina coverage
in our latest issue and want us to talk about that. Very exciting
for us. So tune in. Also it is a call-in show."
So, . . the Boss is against
smoking and homelessness. But hell, is he for Motherhood and puppies?
And the election is twelve months away.
Then, Zelda B comments
"Mayor Bates Spins UC-City Deal at Chamber Lunch."
Z's smart as a whip, informed,
and connected. But Z, this ain't a Poly Sci paper, it's a newspaper
commentary. Say the same thing with 1/3 the words--you'll have
THREE TIMES THE IMPACT. And remember
You don't hav'ta be Freak
or even a Geek
to want a park in Potter Creek
As for my 2006 political
aspirations, I paraphrase my other favorite Virgo "If nominated,
I will not run. If elected, I will not serve."
Oh yah, . . that pigeon shit's
STILL caked on Urban Ore's side-walk. And that green slime is
STILL oozing up out of Ashby Ave.
Time to listen to THE BEACH
BOYS' GREATEST HITS.
Becky O'Malley, whose Daily
comes out twice a week, emails "Someone referred me to your
blog. Please drop the use of 'most importantly' unless you mean
'self-aggrandizingly', which of course you might. If you are characterizing
the following sentence or thought, please use 'most important'.
If you can learn to do this I will look at your blog again."
If your paper came out more
often I'd read it more. "Bottoms up" O'Malley and most
"Cops bring holiday
bounty" reports Fred Dodsworth of the East Bay Daily.
"With the help of dozens of volunteers, The Berkeley Police
Department and the Berkeley Boosters Police Activity League, put
together and delivered 283 Thanksgiving dinner food boxes. Each
box included a large frozen turkey, bags of fresh yams, potatoes,
onions, and oranges, packages of stuffing, a carton of ginger
snaps and cans of green beans, cranberries and fruit cocktail."
Dodsworth also observes "University
snubs planning meeting--the first meeting of Berkeley's 21-member
Downtown Area Planning Committee suffered from a distinct lack
of representation from the University of California, according
to several committee members in attendance. No one from the University
of California came to represent the interests of the largest player
in future downtown development." Get today's East Bay
Daily and read Dodsworth's whole story.
Zelda B writes of the Downtown
Area Planning Committee meeting that, in fact "UC staff was
represented at the Nov. 21 meeting by Jennifer Lawrence (title:
Principal Planner). She was not only introduced; she spoke for
herself. And on the panel itself are at least two current UC employees--one
was Linda Schact, who teaches at the journalism school--as well
as former high-up UC planner-bureaucrat Dorothy Walker, who noted
her former affiliation with the university at the meeting."
Want to laugh so hard that
at the Intermission you have to take an intermission? Then rent
"The Original KINGS of COMEDY" featuring Steve Harvey,
D L Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer and Bernie Mac.
Last Tuesday night my flagpole
was torn down and my American flag ripped from the staff and taken.
I mention this because of the Curse of the Flag. Within a year
your schwantz will wither and fall off.
Pete reports that the last
rainfall in Potter Creek totaled .35 of an inch.
"Council Calls Session to Study Homeless
Richard Brenneman of the Planet. "The City Council
has called a special work session starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday on
the city's existing homeless and anti-poverty programs."
Of course, you're studying
the homeless establishment. Want to really find out about the
homeless? Come to west-Berkeley, meet some people and treat them
as human beings, not as a problems. That's a start.
A reader emails from a sister
city "There is a fellow who pushes a grocery cart around
town with signs all over it and hanging around his neck that say,
'I NEED TWO DOLLARS.' So this one day I was feeling so good about
life when I saw him I rushed up to him and handed him a ten. He
gave me a hug and asked me my name. I told him and asked his.
'Anatole,' he said. And so I went on to the grocers with him calling
after me, 'Hey thanks, Kelly! Bye, Kelly! I'll pay you back when
I get rich!' He's such a card. So now every time I see Anatole,
I say, 'Hi, Anatole!' and he says, 'KELLY!! Hey, thanks for the
money the other day. I'll pay you back.'
We talk. He told me his life's
story one day as we stood in the sunshine.
Anatole isn't homeless. He
was at first, but an outreach worker got him signed up for social
assistance and now he has a room in a flop house. Sometimes he
finds food in dumpsters and he always offers me some of his bounty.
He's a real sweetie and so funny. I think one reason I am so receptive
to his panhandling is that he doesn't make up any stupid, obviously
false sob story like the other panhandlers. It's just, 'I need
two dollars.' Period. No excuses given. It's straightforward and
One day I was opening a can
of tuna that was left in my house from my mom's visit. I'm a vegatarian
but not wanting to throw it out, it occurred to me to make a tuna
salad sandwich and give it to someone. Then who the someone should
be became obvious: Anatole! So I made up this lovely mix of relish
and mayo and tuna, salt, pepper and so on and wrapped the sandwich
up. I walked up to the UpTown area somehow knowing he would still
be sitting on the same bench where I'd seen him earlier. Sure
enough. 'Hi, Anatole!' I called out as I looked both ways before
crossing the street toward his bench. "I made you a sandwich,'
I said. 'JUST FOR ME???' 'Yep, just now in my kitchen. It's tuna.'
'TUNA? THAT'S MY FAVOURITE!' I handed over the sandwich and went
back home, smiling ear to ear."
Pete reports that the last
rainfall in Potter Creek totaled .85 of an inch.
Brandy McDougall from CEID
emails "All of us at the Center for the Education of the
Infant Deaf hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, as
we gave thanks for our many supporters. It's because of you that
we have been able to accomplish so much over the past year-- from
the Bike-a-thon held by our Hearing Buddies at Prospect Sierra
Elementary School, to our new Sunshine Preschool, an inclusive
and bilingual preschool and childcare program, to the long-awaited
launch of our community based Pediatric Audiology Suite. The following
link will direct you to our Autumn 2005 newsletter: http://www.ceid.org/"
The newsletter is at the bottom left.
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