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Posted on May 8 at 1:34 p.m.
Although I'd rather have everyone smoking pot than drinking booze, I don't think there's a way to go back to the good old days when alcohol sales were not allowed within a mile of any state university campus. Pot was illegal but that did not impede its sale, people were just more circumspect about obtaining and using it. Back in my day (I mean, waaaay back in the late sixties) college students kept a low profile and did not draw attention to ourselves, sitting around smoking weed, munching on snacks, listening to music and sipping the occasional glass of wine, in our apartments. Nobody stumbled through the streets whooping and screaming, falling into - ooops! - the wrong house, so drunk they didn't realize they had just broken and entered a family's residence. I'm a long-time IV resident who misses those mellower days. Even summertime in IV is not as delightful as it was in the eighties and nineties when most "seasonal residents" cleared out for a few months and Isla Vista was quiet, safe, pleasant, open and relaxed.
On Lighting Isla Vista
Posted on October 22 at 9:11 a.m.
Great advice about the book give-away party! For keeping a list of books you've read I recommend starting a list on goodreads.com . Not only can you easily and quickly start compiling a list of the books you have read and are getting rid of, you can also add in all the books you remember ever reading, and impress yourself with what a reader you are! Also, start a to-read list there if you want. If you have a hard time parting with your books, get a box, and put the books that you think you probably won't use (but hesitate to part with) into it. Keep the box(es) in your closet or garage for as long as it takes for you to come across it again (6 months or more), take a quick look, and decide you really don't want to put those books back on your shelves again - out they go.
On Hope for Bookworms
Posted on October 15 at 10:30 a.m.
Funny movie about suicide? If it gets people talking instead of just feeling guilt, shame and regret, I suppose... I'd at least like to see what the director has to say about why he thinks this is an appropriate approach.
On Don't Change the Subject - A Darkly Comic Film
Posted on October 10 at 5:57 p.m.
How disappointing! I was so looking forward to that ping pong table. I work nearby and was planning to play at lunchtime -- I even bought a new set of paddles and balls. Though I realize that the City has to do things by the book or they will clobbered -- by ADA, by the union, by personal injury lawsuits, by various interest groups that might object for their own reasons -- it is indeed sad that this healthy, happy and social resource cannot be given to the community where it could really be an asset. Opportunity lost.
On No Library for Public Ping Pong
Posted on August 15 at 11:21 a.m.
Some of the cops do great work and I applaud their crime fighting and efforts to keep the peace. But I also am dismayed that they waste their time giving senseless jaywalking tickets to college students who cross against the Red Hand at midnight on a (nearly) deserted street, or open container tickets to young (but over 21) people with some booze in their coffee thermos (but who are not drinking), and ignore the disturbing behavior of those who pose an actual threat to public safety. I'm talking about drivers who openly break laws (u-turns in mid block across double yellow lines, parking in front of hydrants, driving with a cell phone up to their ear, ranting), and vagrants who are mentally ill and loud and disturbing. I live on the Eastside and have never had so much as a close encounter with a gang member, but I fear for my safety when I'm downtown on foot.
On Police Hold Shift Briefings at Franklin Center
Posted on August 8 at 9:19 a.m.
Yes, Bill, his picture was in this publication for this very offense, reported June 5. This is the follow-up.
Original story: http://www.independent.com/news/2012/...
On Convicted Felon Found with Firearm Gets 180 Days in Jail
Posted on June 28 at 3:48 p.m.
Mr. Brilliant - there IS GOING TO BE A PARTY! Monday July 2 from 9:30 am to noon in front of the the Library. The mayor will be there to cut a ribbon, and there will be festivities for the children (Bubblemania, face painting, balloon art). Then the kids can go into the library to get more books for their summer reading! Everyone is welcome -- the ribbon cutting will be around 9:45am. C U Monday!
On A Monday to Celebrate
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