Blogging Bayport Alameda

November 18, 2013

Kindness knows no shame

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Neighbors, Warm Fuzzies — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

Continuing on warm fuzzy feelings, just wanted to share the bit of news now that the fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel is open, a current Lincoln Middle School student (but a student at Otis when the entry was first submitted) was one of the six students whose design was selected for a medallion to decorate the entrance to the fourth bore.  Congratulations to Ellina Coutts and her awesome design:

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And speaking of awesome things, for those of you that were living in a hole on Friday, you may not have heard about San Francisco’s BatKid who saved the City of San Francisco/Gotham from some dastardly villains.   The topic was all over social media and mainstream media on Friday.   To recap for the hole people, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted the wish of a five year old  with leukemia, which is in remission, his wish of being “Batman” for the day.   There was a lot of gushing on Twitter and a lot of great photos from both professional and amateur photographers alike.  As most people opined on Friday, it was a day when warm fuzzies won out over cynicism.   Thousands of people came out to support making BatKid’s special day one to remember and it really is quite impressive how people will mobilize for a good cause.

Just want to make a note that last week was Ruby Bridges Day on November 14 aka the day that Ruby Bridges took her walk to integrate a southern elementary school.  Its always a good reminder of how far this country has come, but how far it has to go when it comes to race relations or human relations in general given the really ugly comments that have been trickling through regarding low income families on the West End.   Ruby Bridges is a human reminder that even though the most famous image of Ruby Bridges was capture in a Norman Rockwell old-timey looking painting, the woman who is the brave subject of a painting about integration is still alive and fairly young still.   I think it’s interesting that someone feels the need to cowardly hide behind an anonymous name to write insulting things about probably one of the most disenfranchised social groups around.   It really takes a special kind of person to sit in judgment behind a computer screen and talk about how awful poor people are.

Last but not least Trabocco at South Shore will be opening today and the menu looks amazing.   If anyone got to go to the super special VIP opening on Friday, let me know how the food tastes!



  1. I went to the opening. The food was great, even the squid which I normally don’t like. The restaurant is gorgeous and the chef called me “Signore” (charmed, I’m sure!) I’m going back for the full meal to do my next review.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — November 18, 2013 @ 9:13 am

  2. I hope the chef called you “Signora” and not “Signore”.

    Comment by Linda on Otis St. — November 18, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

  3. 2. Whoops. I guess I can’t spell in two languages. (And I looked it up which makes it even sadder.)

    Comment by Denise Shelton — November 19, 2013 @ 8:48 am

  4. Lauren

    Links to additional video, photos and stories on Caldecott Tunne art here:

    Comment by Randy Rentschler — November 19, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

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