Author Archives: tucky

I have a penny for your thoughts

My favorite DJ was spinning the Police, Steely Dan, Tom Petty and a few other sublime slow jams at a bar I hadn’t officially been to in four months. Then there was a burrito, just extra carnitas, beans, rice and cheese, and a really low-hanging, tiny swollen moon on the western horizon. Eventually there was […]

You can quote me on this

I appreciate reporters. I still can’t believe I am one. I never feel more like one on days like today. Everyone is watching things happen and trying to make sense of things. Some of us are cracking jokes. Some are waving notebooks around and apologizing for brushing politicians in passing. Some of us are trying […]

There goes the neighborhood

The bike share station that got installed a couple of blocks away from my apartment this week is not for me. I have a bike. I have a car too. I use the bike mostly for exercise. The car is for driving to work and back and to run errands. Most of the time it’s […]

Ape-pocalypse now

We could’ve gone and visited the city of a thousand planets, but I don’t think either of us has gotten over paying good money a couple of years ago to see “Lucy.” Plus, my schedule change earlier this year made a matinee easier for both of us, and we figured we’d support the Grand Lake […]

When you see me like this and when I see you like that

I sent out a couple of e-mails before learning about an additional Crap Thing that happened overnight. Then I went out for a 19-mile bike ride up to El Cerrito and back. Rounding Lake Merritt on my way back, I ran into Ash’s RV. If the weather is good on a holiday weekend, he’s had […]

Limited vision

Today was lots of questions about how to see things more clearly. That meant tests and questions and a lot of squinting and some waiting. Eventually, a few more things swam more easily into view, especially after the dilation wore off. The biggest thing was seeing how my optometrist’s office looks these days. There’s more […]

Shave and a haircut

I forget how much more crisp and high-resolution a fresh cut can make me feel. Then I go months without one before finally making it happen. For a good while, I’d been content to just lather up and drag a cheap razor over my scalp. But the longer I dd it, the less fun it […]

Market forces

I know the market‘s real, but it’s been at least a year since I got to prowl the rows and inspect the stalls. Most Tuesdays, the closest I get is the corner of Adeline Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. A day like today, I can hang for a while at the corner of […]

Giving me something that’s taboo

First weekday off time away from the newsroom? I’ll take it, even if that means driving past and parking outside the office around the usual starting hour for the second time in as many days. Because there are good things like time with A., a visit to the bookstore, a home-cooked meal and a small […]

Three temples

I’d never been to Thai Temple before, but a friend visiting from Louisiana said we could meet there. I got it together to find parking a block away and found her and a couple of others sitting and talking, having already eaten. There, worship might’ve been about the catching up and small talk or the […]