Monthly Archives: December 2014

C is for Caen, Herb Caen (1916-1997) or Mr. San Francisco


One day if I do go to Heaven, I’ll look around and say, “It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco”. ~ Herb Caen In 1937, when Coit Tower had just been built and San Francisco could only be reached … Continue reading

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2014 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays!!!


Dear Friends and Family, The first Christmas cards have shown up in our mailbox, and since we have gone virtual the past few years, I’d better get on it to send you our yuletide e-letter of the year. After having … Continue reading

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Please consider signing this petition I composed with The Indo Project (www.theindoproject.org)


Dear Readers, not my usual blog post this time around, but a message that I have been working on this weekend with The Indo Project (www.theindoproject.org): It’s important to sign this petition addressed to the Embassy of Japan in Washington … Continue reading

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B is for Bubbly


Of all of Napa’s bubbly estates, Schramsberg Vineyards is maybe the most compelling, and maybe particularly because it’s such a unique California story.
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B is for Bolinas: A city with a mind of its own


Everyone in the Bay Area knows the reputation of Bolinas: a small town of about 2500 residents, north of San Francisco: to keep people out of this surf town artists, writers and former hippies, the people mess with the Bolinas … Continue reading

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B is for Board Boys


  When I went with my son (then 7) to a skateboard shop for the first time, we were welcomed by a Jonah Hill lookalike even though he had big black frames resting on his nose and was wearing a … Continue reading

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B is for Big Sur (and Henry Miller)


Henry Miller mentioned the peace, the quiet and the fog rolling in and out over the velvety hills and blessed it, for here, Miller argued, man could hide from all of the world’s ugliness and experience the serene security created … Continue reading

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B is for Bums in Berkeley


Compared to some of the more conservative East Bay cities, Berkeley is considerably softer as far as the tolerance of homeless people goes and that means that Berkeley has become a magnet for homeless people who often are also to … Continue reading

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