Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Berkeley tree-sitters upset as arborist trims their roost
Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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(02-19) 13:11 PST BERKELEY --

UC police brought in an arborist at dawn today to snip ropes and dismantle a wooden platform at the Memorial Stadium oak grove, where tree-sitters have been roosting for more than 14 months to protest the university's plans to remove about 100 trees to build an athletic training center.

The arborist climbed into the grove at about 6 a.m. and cut most of the ropes connecting the half-dozen platforms the tree-sitters have built in the foliage. The arborist also took down one of the platforms, which was uninhabited. In the process, a bucket of human waste fell about 60 feet to the ground.

There were no arrests, and a university spokesman said police moved in because the protest appears to be winding down.

But the action enraged the protesters.

"They cut a s- bucket and it fell to the ground and exploded," said Erik Eisenberg, 39, a leader of the tree-sitters' ground crew who goes by the name Ayr. "They've made things less safe and less sanitary. All they're trying to do is harass and intimidate us."

University spokesman Dan Mogulof said, "There's just a hardcore few left up there. The police felt this was a good, safe opportunity to act, to address some of the public safety and public health issues up there."

A judge is expected to rule by June on lawsuits filed by the tree sitters, the city of Berkeley and neighbors in an attempt to stop the stadium renovation plans.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Lawry's Shanghai

Growing up I knew Lawry's from two different sources. First, we used to eat our hard boiled eggs with Lawry's Seasoned Salt. The paprika colored salt is part of the taste of childhood for me.

Second, I remember every year hearing about the Lawry's Beef Bowl where the teams playing in the Rose Bowl would head to Lawry's in Beverly Hills and inhale as much prime rib as possible.

For some odd reason Chinese (or more accurately my relatives) - while they are okay with steak, they LOVE prime rib. So the taste of prime rib with horseradish sauce and sides - well, it's something I grew up associating with special occasions and holidays.

So last night, we went to Lawry's Shanghai located in Xintiandi.

Oh my. That was amazing prime rib. They're still having service issues - but the grand opening hasn't hit yet - but go and try it out. Sure it's not cheap. But it's all kinds of delicious.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


So Leon's been playing quite well without KG in the line-up. With a game winning shot against the T-Wolves, and 3 starts in a row, The Show is finally proving he belongs in the Lig. While his playing time will decrease once KG gets back and healthy again, he's shown he can be a big contributor off the bench for the C's.

Just for reference his last 5 games he's posted these numbers:
20.2 20-37 0-0 12-17 0.6 0.2 1.4 2.6 2.2 4.2 6.4 0.2 10.4

Go Bears!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Chinese New Year Madness in Shanghai

The scene in front of my apartment on Chinese New Year's eve. Now imagine this going on in front of several thousand apartment complexes all at the same time.

It was like a war zone.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Yes We Can!

Here on the eve of Super Tuesday - after a weekend in Beijing (sunny! Warm!) feeling a bit disconnected from the US political process, I wanted to share the "Yes We Can" video. And Hey! It's got Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in it! I'm feeling oddly optimistic. Polls are showing Obama running neck and neck with Hillary in California.

When I set out to write this blog, this was really just a space for me to mess around in. I never really thought it would be politically oriented - but the Obama '08 campaign has energized me and given me hope in my country. I hope we will see his vision through.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

The greatest line ever spoken on any television show, ever.

What? Another "It's Always Sunny . .. " post? Yeah, well, I'm lazy. So I'm here in Beijing over the weekend, with business projects and meetings on Monday and Friday - and nothing in-between but to watch IASIP . .. and this clip is amazing