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August 10, 2012

Little things

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Point, City Council, Election, Warm Fuzzies — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

The other day Executive Director of the Alameda Point Collaborative tweeted this:

Which is all kinds of awesome.   And there are more photos of the Artemis team sailing out of the Alameda base on the Alameda Waterfront site.      Racing in the America’s Cup World Series should be happening pretty soon, have you found the perfect viewing place yet?

And in sad sporting news, the Olympics are winding down to an end, it’s been a glorious one with plenty of swimming, gymnastics, tennis, and beach volleyball to satisfy any Olympics fans.   For some reason there seemed to be a lot of diving on, but I’ll watch anything Olympics related.  Some of the more interesting things that happened during the Olympics weren’t televised because they involved non-American athletes, which is a shame.   The standout star for me was Gabby Douglas who won the all-around gold medal for Olympics, probably because she wasn’t the “star” that the Olympics narrative had set us all up to root for, which made her win all so more awesome.


Were you thinking about running for City Council?   If you were, then you missed the filing deadline.   Everything wrapped up last night — because City Hall is closed on Friday, budget cuts, you know? — at around 6:00 p.m.

This is shaping up to be a very interesting race for reasons I’ll go into some other time.   But here are your final contenders for City Council:

  • Jeff Cambra
  • Stewart Chen
  • Tony Daysog
  • Gerard Dumuk
  • Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft
  • Beverly Johnson
  • Jane Sullwold
  • Joana Weber

But more on election-y stuff next week.


Alamedan Megan Pratt and her friend are putting together a movie to document the dating scene across the United States.  The documentary entitled 50/50 has the neat little tagline: “Cute single girl, 50 first dates, and an epic road trip.”   While the Alamedan pair of the duo will not be the dater, she sort of looks like Kristen Wiig and the dater sort of looks like Anne Hathaway, so I’m sure they will not have a problem finding those 50 dates.   They are funding their project on Kickstarter and it looks like they have already met their $20,000 goal, but if you want to help them out with some gas money for their road trip, you can send a few dollars their way.



  1. $20,000 divided by 50 equals 400 bucks per date. That’s way more than they get in Oakland.

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 10, 2012 @ 9:27 am

  2. Jack you can’t compare their wage model to Oakland or BLS statistics. Union Rules.

    A dedicated Teamsters union worker was attending a convention in Las Vegas and decided to check out the local brothels.
    When he got to the first one, he asked the Madam, “Is this a union house?”

    “No,'”she replied, “I’m sorry it isn’t.”

    “Well, if I pay you $100, what cut do the girls get?”

    “The house gets $80 and the girls get $20,'”she answered.

    Offended at such unfair dealings, the union man stomped off down the street in search of a more equitable, hopefully unionized shop. His search continued until finally he reached a brothel where the Madam responded, “Why yes sir, this is a union house. We observe all union rules.”

    The man asked, “And, if I pay you $100, what cut do the girls get?”
    “The girls get $80 and the house gets $20.”

    “That’s more like it!” the union man said.

    He handed the Madam $100, looked around the room, and pointed to a stunningly attractive green-eyed blonde.

    “I’d like her,” he said.

    “I’m sure you would, sir,” said the Madam. Then she gestured to a 92-year old woman in the corner, “but Ethel here has 67 years seniority and according to union rules, she’s next.'”

    Comment by John — August 10, 2012 @ 10:30 am

  3. So these 2 young ladies are doing a documentary about current societal trends and issues and working to fund it and you two classy guys started off immediately comparing them to hookers? Sure says a whole lot more about you than it does about them.

    Comment by Donalda — August 10, 2012 @ 11:09 am

  4. You must be new here, Donald….

    Comment by Jack Schultz — August 10, 2012 @ 11:49 am

  5. Some of those who have filed are familiar to me but others are lesser-known. I hope we will all discover a lot more–and soon–about their experience, skills, abilities, and positions. When candidates for City Council have a more extensive history of public service on boards and commissions it is easier for voters to make informed choices. Until I know a lot more about some of these candidates I will not be able to make those decisions…

    Comment by Jon Spangler — August 10, 2012 @ 12:04 pm

  6. You’re next, Donalda…

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 10, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

  7. #4 not new and not Donald.

    # 6 eww is still eww no matter what pervey sage says it- just own it dude.

    Comment by Donalda — August 10, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

  8. Jack…….No sense of Humor will be Tolerated …..You can only see the World thru the Eyes of Donalda…..It says here in fine print…Read it and weeeeeeeep.

    Comment by John — August 10, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

  9. there is humour and then there is “eww”- pervey sages never quite understand that.

    Comment by Donalda — August 10, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

  10. John, post 2, I thought it was funny.

    Comment by John. P (L) — August 10, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

  11. Donalda

    Sorry I don’t conform to your Ninja Warrior analogies and your Online Slang definitions…….But I do find it interesting that the Online Slang Dictionary defines “Date”

    Definition of date

    •a sexual transaction with a prostitute.

    Comment by John — August 10, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

  12. You forgot to add the rest of the information from the site you cited. Obviously, you should go back and change the data so it shows it has actually been used once.

    How common is this slang?

    I use it (0)  

    No longer use it (0)  

    Heard it but never used it (1)  

    Have never heard it (3)  

    Comment by Li_ — August 10, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

  13. Li

    I’m sure you email and send comments and update every source and dictionary you use on the Net.

    Let me send you a anal retentive laxative . The symptoms will subside by sunset.

    Comment by John — August 10, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

  14. “So the Film…What’s Going to Happen?
    Alicia got her heart a little broken. Fine, it was more than a little – more like dissolved into tiny crumbles of sand. And admittedly, more than once in the last five years. But it happened again in early 2012 (after the guy gave her a pony no less). So she came up with a plan to find herself, and try to understand the country from the eyes of a bachelor while being a bachelorette.’

    And Megan heard about it and wanted to come along and share the story.

    I will donate 50.00 to pay for the Ponies Food while she is away finding herself. Golden Gate will be the benefactor and the State of California for taxes.

    I will wager a 10 exacta box……. Do Fifty Guys to Fifty Ways

    I will wager 2.00 on the Field for a dollar putting her on Top.

    I love a good cause to support.

    Comment by John — August 10, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

  15. So, John, did you get your post #2 from Vol 1 or Vol 2 of “Truly Tasteless Jokes”?

    Comment by vigi — August 10, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

  16. Virgi

    Was from book by Ethel ” Some people just like their work too much to retire”

    but you can find it at this website

    It is right under the

    Banana Chocolate Chip Cake w/ Peanut Butter Buttercream Cake recipe

    Comment by John — August 10, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

  17. John, I found eww, so I guess this is where Donalda thinks pervey dudes (#9 above) should go.

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 10, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

  18. 5. “I hope we will all discover a lot more–and soon–about their experience, skills, abilities, and positions.”

    Tony Daysog. He has a proven record of giving away the farm but now says it was all a big mistake. I support him and hope he gets elected so he can get us our farm back.

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 10, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

  19. Jack

    I’m sure Tony will get us our Farm Back ……Maybe Farm Subsities is his Plan…..Like the Transformers Lotto money that no one pays for. You Just WIN!!!!!!!!!! Billions…..Lotto Fever coming to Alameda Soon…..Off to the Funnies…..

    Comment by John — August 10, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

  20. It’s a flaw we Catholics have, John, we believe in resurrection.

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 10, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

  21. George loves the race track and love betting on the horses.

    One day he was there betting on the ponies and nearly losing his shirt when he noticed this Priest who stepped out onto the track and blessed the forehead of one of the horses lining up for the 4th race.

    Lo and behold, this horse – a very long shot – won the race.

    George was most interested to see what the Priest did the next race.

    Sure enough, he watched the Priest step out onto the track as the 5th racehorses lined up and placed his blessing on the forehead of one of the horses.

    George made a beeline for the window and placed a small bet on the horse.

    Again, even though another long shot, the horse the Priest had blessed won the race.

    George collected his winnings and anxiously waited to see which horse the Priest bestowed his blessing on for the 6th race.

    The Priest showed, blessed a horse, George bet on it, and won!

    George was elated.

    As the day went on, the Priest continued blessing one of the horses, and it always came in first.

    George began to pull in some serious money, and by the last race, he knew his wildest dreams were going to come true.

    He made a quick stop at the ATM and withdrew every penny he owned, and awaited the Priest’s blessing that would tell him which horse to place the bet on.

    True to his pattern, the Priest stepped out onto the track before the last race and anointed the forehead, eyes, ears and hooves of one of the horses.

    George placed his bet every cent he owned – and watched the horse come in dead last.

    George was dumbfounded. He made his way to the track, and when he found the Priest, he demanded, “What happened, Father? All day you blessed horses and they won. The last race, you bless a horse and he loses. Now I’ve lost my life savings, thanks to you!!”

    The Priest nodded wisely and said, “That’s the problem with you Protestants … you can’t tell the difference between a simple blessing and the Last Rites………………..

    Comment by John — August 12, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

  22. I have some friends visiting and we were thinking of biking to the Point to see the Artemis sailboats. Where should we go? Bladium/Hangar 12/Seaplane Lagoon?

    Comment by alameda — August 19, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

  23. I really doubt you’ll be able to see much unless you’re lucky enough to be in the area when they’re launching. America’s cup is a highly secretive operation. Just take some time and visit St. George’s Spirits and Rock Wall Winery.

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 19, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

  24. @23, got it … we were under the assumption they launch from Alameda (for the AC34 race that starts Tues), unless we’re grossly mistaken 🙂

    Comment by alameda — August 19, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

  25. Ride out there and see if they’ll let you have a look-see. Maybe they’ll not be concerned with you checking out the little boats but if the cup boats are in the hanger, they probably won’t let you in. At least they might tell you launch times fot the 34s.

    Comment by Jack Richard — August 20, 2012 @ 9:17 am

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