We just went for a little walk in Downtown Alameda and I wound up being interviewed by the Channel 2 News. Apparently I will DEFINITELY be on the 6:00 news tonight discussing the budget crush and getting IOU's instead of tax refund checks. I don't have a television so could somebody please watch it and let me know how I do? Better yet... capture and youtube it? And Happy New Year!
update: Hopefully I will show up on the ktvu.com site as a Tom Vacar segment but so far... no dice. Anyone out there catch it? Does anyone watch t.v. news anymore? I sure don't.
Today after school (and a brief hail storm), I had to swing by South Shore to deposit a check and we noticed something STRANGE and FOREIGN resting on other people's cars. Certainly nothing the boys had ever seen before, but it conjured up vague memories....
It was destined. Boegers once again roam the competitive swimming world. While Kirk is coaching a team down in the Virgin Islands, Simon recently joined the Alameda Islanders -- an activity certain to command our mornings, weeknights, and every 3rd weekend for the next 10 years! Good God... I swore this would not happen again, but we somehow pulled ourselves in.
We had such a great time staying at Curry Village this past summer that we booked winter cabins the moment we returned home. So much for that! The cabins are being closed PERMANENTLY (along with many of the tents) due to large, falling rocks.
We once again interrupt duckies and bunnies to remind you that it's official: you've been swindled in broad daylight!
Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said in September they would comply with congressional demands for transparency in a $700 billion bailout of the banking system. Two months later, as the Fed lends far more than that in separate rescue programs that didn't require approval by Congress, Americans have no idea where their money is going or what securities the banks are pledging in return.
Today we find Alameda in the national news regarding the controversial gay marriage ban in California. From USA Today:
Dueling rallies often involved shouting and arrests. Election night was no different in Alameda, across from San Francisco.
Tim Tarasov, 25, stood on the corner of Otis Drive and Park Street hoisting a sign approving the ban in the moments before the polls closed Tuesday. Across the street stood those approving same-sex marriage.
"I have two kids and a beautiful wife at home, and I believe in a marriage that's going to create happiness for the family," said Tarasov, of Sacramento. "Only one man and one woman can make that happen, because the Bible said so."
Barnes came to the Bay Area for a string of shows and I had the pleasure of carting him around to gigs in Larkspur, Santa Cruz, and Petaluma. He opened for The Waybacks at these engagements which was great for us... he'd play, Waybacks would start... he'd sit in for a couple of numbers... then we'd blaze home for early bedtime. Still, it makes me so glad I never chose the touring life.
October was a fully loaded month. Henry turned 5 and he enthusiastically celebrated the 31 days of Halloween: he'd dress up after school, go out in the front yard, and either a) practice scaring people as some sort of skeletal hobgoblin; or b) whiz around as Spiderman. Henry -- no doubt -- has developed a Spidey Sense about what's for dinner (that he doesn't like).