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Sep. 2nd, 2007

computerdrudgery, typing, writing-incredible

mactavish

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Coffee legend Alfred Peet, creator of Peet's Coffee & Tea Inc., a forerunner to Starbucks Corp., has died at his home in Ashland, Oregon, his company said. He was 87.

I had a mouthful of Peet's fair trade blend in my mouth as I first read this news, this morning.
(more at the link)

Aug. 25th, 2007

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sherbertglasses

Please join my new comm


socal_sexuality

Aug. 16th, 2007

overworked

mactavish

(no subject)

If you garden in Northern California or accept garden produce from other people, please read about and help control the Light Brown Apple Moth (which feeds on the surface of a lot of different plants, disfiguring but not destroying them). It feeds on and can damage trees in Christmas tree farms, roses, apples, carrots, the list is huge. There are quite a lot of them already in Palo Alto, even more in Albany and Alameda, and a lot in Berkeley. The maps accompanying that link will let you know whether you're in a quarantined area. I'm sharing my garden produce pretty much only with friends of mine who are also in quarantine areas. My friends from outside the area will have to come over and nibble while they help me weed. ;)

Aug. 15th, 2007

bodyimage-reclined, relaxed

mactavish

(no subject)

Tsunami warning updates for North American Pacific Coast (so far, none here, but advisories are in effect for Central and South America's Paciific Coasts, and Hawaii's been advised to watch.

Aug. 13th, 2007

dork-satchel

mactavish

(no subject)

Arvin, California: Nation's smoggiest town

My response:Read more...Collapse )

Aug. 12th, 2007

toyon

mactavish

(no subject)

Someone on geology wants to talk to people who were on the Bay Bridge during the Loma Prieta earthquake. If you were, or know someone who was, please point them thataway:
http://community.livejournal.com/geology/206553.html

Jul. 25th, 2007

dork-satchel

mactavish

(no subject)

If you have a dog with hip displasia and are in Northern California, you can help research: http://community.livejournal.com/doghealth/173030.html
toyon

mactavish

(no subject)

I'm looking for a place to host somewhere between 40 and 100 people four a four-day not-too-rustic camping/retreat weekend next summer. It should be north of Big Sur, California and south of, oh, Grants Pass, Oregon. It shouldn't be too hot or windy (higher in the Sierra, in the Cascades, the Trinity mountains, the redwoods, all good; Turlock, the beaches of Sonoma County are less good), it shouldn't be especially expensive. It should have space for tent camping and rustic bunk/cabin things. It should have space for group cooking/eating, ideally with a sink and stove, even if rustic. It should have pit toilets or better. It should have a firepit.

Also helpful but not required:
Showers
Flush toilets
Electricity *somewhere* -- in the kitchen is fine.
Decent parking
Water nearby for playing and/or swimming or splashing
Open space for frisbee, etc.
Sheltered gathering space.

I have a year to plan, and will entertain many ideas, I've just never planned something like this before and am not sure where to start.

Examples:
http://www.wildwoodretreat.com/ (too fancy, we don't need conference rooms, etc.)
http://www.allaboutretreats.com/centers/norcal3.html#silvermtn is okay, but something a little less remote is ideal.

Ideas?

Jul. 20th, 2007

blurry lights

mactavish

(no subject)

Please note that the USGS is still collecting "did you feel it?" data for the Loma Prieta and Northridge quake. You can fill out data for most of the historical quakes, I think. (They've had a few responses for the big Long Beach quake in the thirties.)

Jul. 14th, 2007

yay-kermit

mactavish

(no subject)

Happy Moon Amtrak day!

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