Archive for March, 2009

Tentopolis Tour

Two friends and I went on a running tour of Tentopolis (it’s now way too big to be merely a tent city–there is a core, and several distinct suburbs) on Friday afternoon.  Mr. B took many pictures, and has woven them into a narrative which gives another perspective from RV Scheide and Oprah.   It’s worth taking a look, and when I went through today, even more tents had sprung up over the weekend, and the owner of the Taj Mahomeless had made another big capital improvement, installing a nicely-framed windbreak on the west side of his property.

In a sign of hope, three speeding fixers blew by me while I was clunking along on my 21-speed city bike.  The second called out, “Passing left!”  Hooray for civility!

Brunch with Daffodils

The countdown is on to Earth Hour.

This green campaign wants people around the world to vote for Earth at 8:30 PM, local time.

For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. – from

We’ll see how that works out.

Brunch at the Tower Cafe
Back in Sacramento, I celebrated the first weekend of Spring at the Tower Cafe. This delightful garden foodie spot has its own connection to green-friendly traditions. In 1990, it opened for business on Earth Day, April 22.

On the Eve of the Equinox

OK. The College Basketball Season is now dead to me.

Thanks to my vampire schedule, I got to watch my Bears play and fail in Kansas City. All in the privacy of my own home. Where no one can hear me scream at the flat-screen TV.
It’s probably better that way.
Sac County Courthouse
We’re less than 24 hours away from Spring. I looking forward to spending more time outside.

I like checking out the blooming trees on my walks around downtown Sacramento. I also started my own veggie garden at home. I guess I can’t wait for the Farmer’s Market to open back up at Chavez Park. We’ll see if I have a green thumb or if I should be kept out of the yard.

Are you Twittering yet?
Then here’s another pre-Spring activity for you: meeting up with new people from social networking sites. Tonight in Roseville, the Boxing Donkey’s hosting the next Sactweetup. I wish I could go, but it’s past my bedtime. Sounds like the first Sactweetup had about a nice turnout.

Missed Connection

To: The guy I saw drunk and passed out, lying on his side in front of the door of the Zebra Club on Friday night at 8:45pm.

Message:  I saw a shirt today that read, “You can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning.”  Apparently, even if you start in the morning, sometimes you can’t do it either.

Hello Brother! Hello Sister!

That’s the greeting from the sweet lady who took care of us on our lunch date in Rancho Cordova.

Curried Fried Rice from the Bodhi House

After taking a deep breath, I inhaled cinnamon and other spices drifting off this plate of Curry Fried Rice. It’s fried up with garbanzo beans, tofu and veggie ham. It’s just one of the tasty vegan entrees we sampled at the Bodhi House.


Radio personalities, anger all that’s required to get me up in the morning

I have an ancient – really, scary ancient – clock radio on my nightstand that’s been with me since probably elementary school.  It has faux wood finish and not even the new, hip-retro, pay through the nose at Urban Outfitters kind, just the crap old kind. But it works and it’s scratchy and soothing stereophonic sound would keep me asleep, right?  Same with a CD or iPod based alarm clock – I love the idea, but practically speaking, it won’t do the job. 

But it’s more than the medium for sound delivery – it’s the sound that gets delivered.  And thankfully, in Sacramento, nothing gets me out of bed faster than 107.9 The End’s morning radio program. Because it is the dumbest, stupidest, most ignorant piece of poo you can tune to in the morning. (more…)

Cure for the Mondays

Why is it so hard to go to work on Monday? It feels like the longest work day of the week.

Today, I stumbled on this clip of one pretty awesome Nine Inch Nails concert in Sacramento.


Loud music, wicked beats help me deal with my Mondays. What about you?

Dreaming of Warm Weather

Today, we got a bit of a break from the wet weather in Sacramento.

I enjoyed the sunshine, blue skies and a roast beef sandwich at La Bou on 9th St. Then I walked back to work with a couple of raindrops on my head. I know California needs the rain. Still, I appreciate any sunny day as we finish up these last weeks of Winter.

Next to the Yolo Causeway

Here’s a look at the soggy start to our work week. On Monday, I took a break from the drive home and checked out the Yolo Causeway.


I’m on to you, Sac Area Girl Scouts. Google your product!

Okay, this may seem like a petty rant. Probably because it IS a petty rant. But I think this is also an important public service for area Girl Scouts and their customers.

It’s cookie time, people. This is serious business and business is way, way down for the GS this year. That’s a bummer. Those sky-high prices don’t  help. I’d pay them, however, if you sold the cookies I want to buy.  I had a discussion with a local GS mom outside the Big Horse Safeway last week as I attempted to buy some Samoas. I was handed a box of Caramel deLites. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME COOKIE. Yeah, I yelled it. (more…)


Waking up with a cup of vanilla chai. The wet weather’s reminding me that Spring is still a few weeks away.

So much for that morning jog.
Maybe next time.

Moving on to rainy weather activities – catching up on my favorite TV shows (I’m ready to roll with 30 Rock, either on my Direct TV’s DVR or on Hulu), reading (just finished “The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick Volume 1: The Short Happy Life Of The Brown Oxford”), e-mail, RSS headlines and Twitter.

Luvin Twitter

In Sacramento, the Twitter community’s rockin’. I’ve had a blast following the amazing people behind the twitters, replies, RT’s, hashmarks and random connections….in 140 characters or less.


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