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Sun Mar 28, 2021, 07:00 PM

Happening right now in Berkeley


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Response to YoshidaYui (Original post)

Sun Mar 28, 2021, 07:07 PM

1. I can always count on good, ol' Berkeley to

remain peaceful and loving. When Milo and Anne Coulture (free speech, pro-tRump) were trying to stir up trouble 4 years ago they didn't get too far.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 28, 2021, 07:10 PM

2. I love Berkeley man ... been there so, so many times considering I never lived actually there ...

Course 3/4 of my life was lived within 30 miles, so ...

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Response to Hugh_Lebowski (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 28, 2021, 07:21 PM

3. I first went there in 1985

and would've stayed if I could get an apt. Back then they had rent control and it was impossible to find anything affordable. I discovered Amoeba Records and Moe's Books (both still there).

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 28, 2021, 07:28 PM

4. I don't recall Amoeba being there that long ago though I think they are now ...

At least if they were, I wasn't aware.

Or did you mean on a subsequent trip?

Cause in 1985 we were all about Rasputin Records in Berkeley.

Amoeba was in the Haight in SF then

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Response to Hugh_Lebowski (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 28, 2021, 07:36 PM

5. I spent a lot of time shopping at Rasputin's too.

I did go to the Amoeba Records in SF as well as the one in Berkeley. I wish there was one in San Diego but if there were, I'd be broke. The last time I was there my friend had to take half of the albums out of my arms before check-out.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 28, 2021, 07:40 PM

6. Now that you mention it yeah I think I recall Amoeba being there ...

It was just a ways down Telegraph from where we always parked which was near Rasputin's, and more importantly, Blondie's Pizza and/or Top Dog depending on our mood

So we often didn't make it down that far as we stumbled around, usually really baked ...

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Response to Hugh_Lebowski (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 28, 2021, 07:53 PM

9. Yes! It was about a block south of Rasputin's, same side of the street.

Looks like it's still there.

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Response to Hugh_Lebowski (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 28, 2021, 07:51 PM

8. When I lived in Lafayette I remember browsing Rasputin's in Berkeley.

On Telegraph Ave IIRC. Awesome vinyl & CD collection. There was also a Rasputin's in the East Bay, by the Concord mall. At that time I probably bought about 90% of my CDs from those 2 locations.

Man, I miss the arts & crafts fairs they had every year before Christmas. They closed several blocks of the north end of Telegraph (to the university) & the street was full of vendors of cool hand-made items. I always found great unique Christmas gifts there, & well as items for around the house.

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Response to CaptainTruth (Reply #8)

Sun Mar 28, 2021, 07:56 PM

10. It's like you could be me, cept I'm from WC ... though I went to Elementary school in Orinda

and LOTS of my friends back then were from Acalanes in the 80's when I was in HS.

I went to Rasputin's in Pleasant Hill (and the Blondies next door) so, so many times. I have so many CD's with Used - Rasputin tags on the front.

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Response to Hugh_Lebowski (Reply #10)

Sun Mar 28, 2021, 10:12 PM

12. I spent time in WC, let me try this from memory...

...great places to eat/drink. Pyramid Brewery (one of my favorite hefeweizens), a seafood place nearby, WC Yacht Club I think, & I was there when a new Cuban place opened around the corner, I forget the name. Crepes-a-GoGo (?) was great. Brunch at Scott's Seafood was always a treat, out on the patio by the waterfall. And that exotic car dealer nearby! I loved looking at Lamborghinis & Ferraris & whatever else they had in the showroom. And that's where my Kaiser GP & neurologist were, at the Kaiser hospital, with Trader Joe's across the street.

Oh man the memories. I'm happy where I am now, but I'm also very glad I got to live 20+ years in the East Bay & work in SF. (Although I don't miss the commute! I spent waaaay too many hours riding BART.)

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Response to CaptainTruth (Reply #12)

Sun Mar 28, 2021, 10:47 PM

13. Nice ... funny story, I woke up at the Kaiser after having surgery in Martinez the night before ...

On 9/11/2001. I watched 9/11 from a bed at WC Kaiser. In a lot of pain.

Ever go to the Hickory Pit aka Emil Villas that's behind the hospital (and across the street from my Alta Mater, Las Lomas High School)? I've been eating there since the 70's. And it's barely changed in that entire time.

I vaguely remember the Cuban place opening I want to say early 2000's. Pyramid is something else now. Not sure if the Yacht Club is still there haven't been by that street in a lot of years. I want to say that's Cypress Street, it just connects Main to California, and Scott's is at the end of it. Which is a great place

My mom retired from John Muir Hospital in WC after like 15 years there about 10 years back.

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Response to Hugh_Lebowski (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 29, 2021, 11:11 AM

14. rolling rock brewpub. the 1st of it's kind.

at least i think it's rolling rock.
love berkeley, too. used to go to san fran every year. always tried to get out of town.

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Response to YoshidaYui (Original post)

Sun Mar 28, 2021, 07:44 PM

7. Go, Berkeley. You've still your left-wing bona fides. I used to live on Bancroft Way...

and Grant back in the day, down from Berkeley High. My first presidential vote was there for the Gus Hall/Angela Davis ticket.

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Response to YoshidaYui (Original post)

Sun Mar 28, 2021, 08:00 PM

11. Love it! Wish I could protest with them, but I'm there in spirit. nt

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