In addition to a score of other shows and diversions I missed, there was a girl-on-girl dodgeball game Saturday (NO boys allowed). BTW, folks, the Web site comment section will be down most of the afternoon into Thursday morning for maintenance. They are supposedly upgrading to a new and improved system. I am switching to a sort of new reporting system, too. That is, I am supposed to be roaming around Oakland blogging, video taping and writing on the fly starting soon. It’s sort of an extension of what I’m already doing (roaming around). I’ll just be more interactive about it. I’ve been thinking I should start riding the bus up and down Oakland, not just downtown and the popular arteries like Rockridge. I love the Fruitvale and International Blvd up in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Just think what else is out there that remains “undiscovered” by this night owl. OH, one last thing, I was saddened to discover that Hooters’ mascot is an owl. There I was driving by Hooters’ Hotel (!) in Las Vegas when I saw it, larger than life: The Hooters’ owl. Then I find out yesterday that attendees of the weird Bohemian Grove gathering worship an owl. Yuck.
The Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge in Alameda is featured in a recent issue of Imbibe — “your ultimate guide to liquid culture” about the use of syrup in cocktails: “The venerable pancake-topper enters the exotic realm at Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge in Alameda, Calif., where it is mixed with Barbados rum and tawny port in the Dead Reckoning…”
From a reader: Any reporting of the political arena clearly makes this decade, 2000-2009, the Naughty Aughties.A brief recap of just Election 2008, strongly supports the nomenclature for the Naughty Aughties: Read the rest of this entry »
My apoligies for those comments that got held up because of the Trib’s system that requires approval by the blogmaster (or master-ess in my case). Last week as busy and we had another round of layoffs. It gets hard to keep up sometimes. So I headed to Las Vegas for the weekend. I couldn’t think of a better place to deal with stress than sin city, although I wonder if the exposure to what probably amounted to billions of watts of neon lights was risky. Needless to say, I was not checking e-mail. (The only thing I regularly checked was if my glass was being faithfully refilled.) Actually, I combined work and leisure with research for stories about pole dancers and old-time Las Vegas (The only bummer: El Cortez was booked. We had to stay at the Sahara, still delightfully rundown). The highlight of the visit was the Liberace museum. I adopted him as the patron saint on my and my boyfriend’s behalf. He could be Oakland’s patron saint, or maybe just the guardian of night owls. Really, this town could use some of his glam — just a touch would do. Anything more would be like trying to get water from Niagara Falls using a teaspoon, as the saying sort of goes. Anyway, while I was evaluating Las Vegas nightlife, two blog topics seemed to get the attention here: Bakesale Betty’s move closer to downtown and taxis, or the lack of them.
So Wednesday morning I went to the West Oakland Library, and another reporter went to Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, and we talked to folks about the election, whether they’d ever thought an African American would be president, and what they thought Obama’s first priorities should be.
Despite the geographic, racial and in some cases, economic differences, most all thought it was a great day for the United States.
We videotaped the interviews, check out some of them here:
The rest will be posted in a couple of days, along with a couple of print interviews that got cut for space in the paper. Stay tuned…
Add your own comments about the election, and how it affected you and what you think comes next for our newest president.
Oh Oaklanders, we are about to yet more nightlife in coming months. First, the owners of B Restaurant and Bar, Air lounge and FIVEten Studio are collaborating on a split-level art bar and gallery, ERA. Patrons will want to get out on the dancefloor because of the DJs who will spinning — some of them big-name hot shots. Era is going to be slick enough to give San Francisco a run for its money, according to Kevin, co-founder of B. It also will be a welcome addition when it opens around January to the Broadway/Grand interesection just across the street at 19 and 21 Grand from Luka’s, Ozumo, Vo’s and the galleries, plus the new Bakesale Betty’s store. Not too far away, near the SEARS building on Telegraph is AVE, where the old Bear Cave is.
First of all, if you are reading this on election night STOP and go join the living at some of the local parties. Everett and Jones barbecue, for starters, has Second Street at Broadway blocked off. In the place of cars is a band that was warming up with some loud drums. Beware, however: the parking is tight down there. Walk, bus or taxi if you can (the only cab company number I know is 536-3000. If you read my blog earlier about this city’s taxi service you’ll understand). Even Sacret Heart tattoo parlor on Broadway and 7th is getting into the spirit. One of the artists did an “Obama ’08” tat a few months ago on someone’s back. They offered to do one on the spot for me tonight but I’m working until 11:30. This is definitely Obama territory, although I overheard a woman passing by saying “He’s not a hero. He’s just a politician.” She must be from out of town. Anyway, aside from the Marriott’s party, the Washington Inn on 10th and Washington is expecting a crowd as is nearby B Restaurant and Bar. Levende across the street is offering drink specials in honor of the occasion: Two for one drinks with your “I voted” sticker or ballot receipt up to $20. But don’t fret. Levende also has happy hour drink prices.
OK. Raise your hand if you’ve ever tried to get a taxi at night in the rain. I am afraid to even try after yesterday. We waited about 20 minutes for a taxi in the rain during DAYLIGHT. The driver who picked us up on Lakeshore Avenue where we were stranded assured me that few want to work at night (they’re scared, he said). So I am assuming night owls in Oakland need patience and good luck — unless they’re downtown. Taxis are plentiful there, at 13th and Broadway. There were at least six when we approached at noon, looking for a cab TO Lakeshore Avenue. The only one visible when we were ready to make the RETURN trip was a parked cab and another with an old lady in the back seat that we mistook for our own (luckily I was able to look up a taxi company online on my cell phone. Otherwise, how would anyone know what tel# to call?). We came running out of Peet’s in the pouring rain like two desperate taxi rats and the old woman kind of recoiled as we reached for the door handle. She must have thought we were going to hijack the cab. We had heard from the first driver, an Afghan man in Pashtun attire, that business is bad. Well, maybe it would get better if there were more f’in taxis. Hopefully things will improve with the round of taxi-related proposals that went before the council Oct. 21 — including the requirement that companies of 10 or more cars sumbit a plan for 24/7 coverage of the city. I won’t go on too much since it’s Election Day and I’m going to devote more space on Oakland’s taxi service for an upcoming Night Owl column. But who has ever tried to get a taxi at night esp. in West or East Oakland?
(Speaking of East Oakland, did anyone notice that the city council met with members of the Redev Agency and AC Transit Oct. 21 in closed session to discuss turning 6 acres of land at 66th Ave and San Leandro into a supermarket? Which supermarket?)