What I’m doing now

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Last updated Friday, April 6, 2023


I’m a staff writer at the East Bay Times, usually covering breaking news and public safety. Here’s my Authory archive. Also still negotiating with management over an improved contract through our union (shout-out Pacific Media Workers Guild, Local 39521 of the The News Guild/Communications Workers of America).


Last year, I renewed multiple library cards in nearby cities and counties. I belong to a book club that meets every four to six weeks. So far this year, we’ve done Gaiutra Bahadur’s “Coolie Woman” and are now working on Tamsyn Muir’s “Gideon the Ninth.” In between, I just finished and enjoyed Kim Stanley Robinson’s “The High Sierra: A Love Story,” especially after visiting Mammoth last September and several southern Sierra Nevada locations last month, and am also grinding slowly through China Mieville’s “The City & The City” and a couple of other books.


My “dry January” 2022 led to the following:

  • Athletic Upside-Dawn Golden Ale
  • Greenbar Distillery Earl Grey Bitters + Soda
  • Hoplark Sparkling HopTea with Chamomile and Citra Hops

Since then, it’s:

  • Bravus IPA (their Blonde is good, when I can find it; their Stout is YMMV)
  • Hairless Dog Black Ale and Citra Lager (when I can find them locally)
  • Two Roots Helles (solid)
  • Heineken 0.0 (regular tipple) or Guinness or Bitburger non-alcoholic beers
  • Greenbar Distillery UnRum & Cola
  • Hoplark Hibiscus Tea


I was learning Spanish in Duolingo (after dabbling the last year and a half with Portuguese, French, German and Yiddish), but I’ve wandered this year: Swahili, Mandarin, Latin and, more recently, Arabic. The app seemed to think I was in its top 0.1 percent of worldwide learners for 2021. I only made its top 1 percent for 2022, so maybe I was slacking off some? I’m also trying to follow some social-media accounts by non-English speakers on a limited basis, and throw in translations as necessary.


A. and I moved in mid-2021 from Oakland, a few blocks east of Lake Merritt, about a dozen miles north to a city called San Pablo. Our place is one room smaller, but there’s more light and a little less noise. There are still boxes that need unpacking and a couple of big projects that want doing, but it’s home.


When not buying Bandcamp releases, I’m still using Last.fm to track streaming songs. You can usually find my recent albums on my solo project’s site or earlier versions, demos and experiments over on my SoundCloud. After some curating, most of those will end up on my Bandcamp). And I promised a friend we’d turn some songs we’ve written over the last decade or so into a streamable project: let’s see if it happens …


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