Friday, March 30, 2007

Milo Foundation ... and my own Berkeley conundrum

Solano Avenue can be a great place to walk, to shop, to hang out.

Unfortunately, it sometimes mirrors what I loathe about Berkeley: Its snobbishness, willingness to pick stupid fights, narrow-mindedness, judgmental nature, and intolerance.

Enter the Milo Foundation, which I've visited several times. They're in the business of rescuing and adopting out homeless animals. But after June 1, they'll no longer be in business on Solano.

This quote from the Chronicle article says so much: " 'This is Berkeley, after all,' said Zippie Collins, president of the Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association, which encompasses Solano Avenue. 'Everyone has so much self-righteous indignation. The neighborhood was totally divided on this.' "

Self-righteous indignation. That sums up Berkeley. I apologize if the first picture is tough to read -- it's a letter of support posted in Milo's window. It reads, in part: "Sometimes I'm embarrassed to live in Berkeley, where we're so clear about what should be done halfway around the world in Iraq or Sarajevo, but we can be so mean-spirited with those who we live next to."

Neighbors complained of noise and odors coming from Milo. Huh? I see more noise and odors coming from half the restaurants and kids' boutiques on Solano. Please.

Berkeley is a beautiful and intellectual place, but it's also an immensely frustrating and tightassed community. If I didn't have the most beautiful cottage in the world here, I'd really consider leaving for slightly saner waters.

Thanks for listening.

More Solano Avenue

Solano Avenue

Solano Avenue runs downhill through two cities: Berkeley and Albany. Today I did an urban hike with camera in hand to capture the street action.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Berkeley, ah, Berkeley

Robin's Sandwiches, a cute little place where you can be sure that the owner will ask: "Extra pickle for you?"
Yeah, I do too.
Now if THIS isn't Berkeley ...
Berkeley City Hall, which was recently in the news.

Making up for lost time

My apologies (and this ain't the first time) for skipping days. To make amends, I've got several posts up my sleeve.

This is a neighbor's house. Many Berkleyans wear their politics on their sleeve AND on their front gates. Makes for interesting reading on the way to wherever you're going!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Berkeley Daily Photo is back!

NYC was a whirlwind. Here's a snapshot of nature to get us back in the mellower California groove.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Weeklong hiatus

I'll be in New York City for a week, performing my solo show ANDREA. Posting will resume on March 20!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Yogurt Park

Only the best yogurt in B'kly!

Monday, March 5, 2007

Tool Lending Library

Berkeley has that great rarity -- a Tool Lending Library. Why are there not more of these around? I snapped these shots this weekend while I was picking up a rototiller to tame the winter weeds in my garden.

Friday, March 2, 2007

Too late for Men At Work ...

And it's in San Francisco, not Berkeley, but check out the article on One Rincon Hill. Wow. I prefer the San Francisco with Victorians, not condos, but maybe others don't.

So I went on the road over the Presidents' Day Weekend, heading home to north San Diego County, where I grew up. During the trip, I visited the Bernardo Winery -- I'd lived within walking distance as a teenager, but rarely visited. Great place! Enjoy the shots. More Berkeley pix tomorrow.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Vietnamese coffee

Yum -- that's all I gotta say!