Monday, August 01, 2016


OZMO at  Polk & Olive St.
mural on Olive and Polk Streets

Seen on my walk Saturday.. headed into the city to return my library books and get a new stack. I have about 3 weeks to read before the Fall Semester starts back up.. But I took a long walk including a side trip to Polk & Pine looking for an old friend.. my first friend I made in San Francisco back in 1997 when I failed to make the move out here.

I don't know what happened to them, but suffice to say wherever they are, I have never forgotten them.. Their kindness has always stayed with me.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Berkeley Walk (going condo)

front gate on College Ave.
Gate on College Avenue..

My "favorite" house on College is going Condo.. It's been this way for a while but today I actually got around to taking pix:

2710 College Ave.

2710 College Ave.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Cats of Berkeley 5

Fulton Street Cat..
so this sweet Morris Cat I've run into a few times.. very friendly, but thankfully never follows me beyond its corner..

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Sunny Day on Bancroft

Walking down Bancroft toward Shattuck... I love being able to see so far down the road that you can take the Bay into your scenery..

For someone who's usual view is of the hills, this was a lovely reminder.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Reading Challenge 2016 Pt. 3

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The Spring semester has had me behind in my reading challenge, and when I *did* manage to read anything, it seems it was mostly school related. I have 2 weeks before Summer classes start.. so we'll see how much I get read before then.. I am (as always) amid at least 10 books, (many of them being library books I've had to return after renewing as much as I could.)

Summer Reading
a few of the books I'm hoping to actually finish sometime this Summer..

I just started reading Orlando Figes' Just Send Me Word (which I thought sounded interesting while reading Revolutionary Russia for some side-reading in my World History class..) I checked it out Sunday during Bay Area Book Fest so I've not gotten into it yet. Some of the source material are some 1500 letters that were written (& left uncensored) while imprisoned in Stalinist gulag. Sounds romantic,yes?

Belarus (Mathew Wilson) is another book I'm having to return to the library after renewing three times.. I'm about 65% through it and up to the 'modern era' but I'll have to wait to check it out again on another visit. So far it's been interesting from a linguistic and geographic point of view, and helped me understand a couple things about 'self identification' (but also brought up a few questions.. ah well.)

Not pictured, The Philosophy of Mathematics (David Bostock.) I'm about halfway through, but have been sharing it with unknown entities as I've had to return it a couple times due to it being 'on hold' for someone else,(when it's not on hold for me!)

Country in the City (Richard Walker) and The Heyday of Malcolm Margolin (which I started twice already) I am having to re-start from the beginning.. Basically I start a book, something happens, I have a different book (for school or otherwise,) getting priority and then I come back to previous book a week later, (if I'm lucky.) Otherwise things get re-shelved, and library books get priority because I have to return them, or I have a paper to write, something.

I spent 20+ hours weekly working on Statistics and feel lucky to pass it (which is a total bummer because I was actually enjoying most of it.. but enjoying it and 'getting it' in a timely manner are different things.).. Therefore reading, unless class related, got pushed aside for much of the semester.

I guess we'll see where I'm at after Summer Session.. Mainly due to my short-comings in Maths, I'll be taking a couple classes this Summer for the first time. I'd like to have my History AA-T at the end of Spring 2017 semester. It can happen!