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Eat more chicken…

Thursday, October 28th, 2010 by calixton

…and more chicken parts. Miss T and I had been wanting to try out Ippuku, a new izakaya in Berkeley, ever since we saw the construction signs go up for it. Earlier this month we had a chance to try it out. An izakaya is a Japanese eatery akin to a pub or tapas bar. […]

Yesterday…

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 by calixton

…it rained. On Tuesday, Northern California had its first storm of the fall/winter season—this morning the rain seems to have abated for the most part. Our local news media will report on the “aftermath” of the storm (localized power outages, downed trees, and flooded streets), and will look forward to the next weather-related epic. In […]

Six at FIVE…

Friday, September 4th, 2009 by calixton

…at 5. (Six people at FIVE Restaurant at 5 p.m.) FIVE is the new restaurant and bar at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley. Six of us stopped by there yesterday evening to check it out. (It was originally supposed to be “Five at FIVE at 5,” but it seemed mean to leave someone out […]

Sather Gate in the year 2059…

Monday, April 27th, 2009 by calixton

…in the anime world of Macross Frontier. File this under “it’s not news, but it’s new to me.” At the northern end of Telegraph Avenue, Sather Gate marks the original south entrance to the UC Berkeley campus. Along with the Campanile clock tower, Sather Gate is one of the enduring landmarks that symbolizes the Berkeley […]

Mexican Coke…

Thursday, March 19th, 2009 by calixton

…with Miss V at Cancun Taqueria, Berkeley. Why Mexican Coke? (Besides being at a taqueria, that is.) In Mexico, they still make Coke with sugar. In the U.S., Coca-Cola switched to high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the mid-’80s. Whether you think HFCS is the Devil’s sweetener or not, it’s interesting to taste the difference between […]

Rain on Shattuck…

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 by calixton

…yesterday. If the rain in the photos looks fake—it is. The rain originally didn’t show up in these pix (it was raining, I swear!) so I Photoshopped some back in. It looks pretty much the same today. (Fake rain and all.)

Breakfast for one…

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 by calixton

…well, for two, actually. (I was having breakfast at my table, too.) Apparently, Pat Brown’s Grill (at UC Berkeley) wasn’t this morning’s breakfast hot spot. Maybe all the students got their breakfast to go. Or, maybe they were just unwilling to get up before 10 in the morning. I know that when I was a […]

Inauguration Day…

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 by calixton

…live via satellite (at UC Berkeley). Like thousands of other large and small gatherings around the world, UC Berkeley provided a public venue for a viewing of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Students, faculty, staff, and friends gathered en masse in Upper Sproul Plaza to watch the inauguration proceedings on a giant video screen. […]

Two levels…

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 by calixton

…of the Downtown Berkeley BART station, Christmas Eve morning. Slow day today. Got in to work, had coffee, checked email, had lunch, headed home. Happy Christmas Eve Day!

It’s quiet…

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 by calixton

…at the library. When I was in school I rarely went to the library. As an adult I’ve continued not going to the library. (Miss T is a regular library user and sometimes she checks out books for me to read—inexplicably they’re always weight-loss books.) I’m not against libraries, mind you, just my going to […]