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Friday, March 11th, 2011
1:13 am


Omg! Tsunami alert for Norcal at 8am. It just came over the radio using the Emergency Broadcast System!

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Sunday, October 17th, 2010
2:12 pm - Batcave SF is tonight

Tonight at Cat Club, San Francisco's only weekly deathrock night, Batcave!

1190 Folsom St 21+, $5, 10 pm. we will be having a drawing around midnight for a batcave tshirt.

Post punk, trad-goth, and deathrock every week.

Halloween Sunday we will be at Submission for an ALL ages Batcave.

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Sunday, October 10th, 2010
2:28 pm

Batcave San Francisco is tonight at Cat Club. 1190 Folsom street. 21+ 10 pm $5. Deathrock, tradgoth, and post punk.

We will be having an all ages event on Halloween at Submission on Mission street. More details soon.

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Saturday, December 5th, 2009
10:26 am - Yard sale
c_death Yard sale at San Jose at park. Bauhaus and Peter Murphy posters for $1. Tons of velvet fabrics and about 2 yards of bats against a yellow moon on purple. Other not so gothy stuff. Today and tomorrow

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
11:33 pm - Hey freaky people with children!

Got kids? Tired of the mommy groups where they spend more time gawking at how weird you look? Frustrated with the fact that you have nearly nothing in common to chit-chat about at said groups while your children play?

For those across the freak spectrum who live in or nearish to Alameda, California, and who have young children - I have created a way to organize a freak-centric play group - over on facebook. ;)

Join now!

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Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
1:21 pm - Forbidden Island Tiki for pixiesnakes

Come celebrate pixiesnakes birthday June 16 (that's tonighte!) Tuesday at Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge in Alameda, starting at 7pm..see you there!

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Saturday, February 28th, 2009
9:10 pm - from a topic on my_island Shitty places to shop....
c_death The home-made jewelry place in South Shore, Nisha's Jewelry lack customer service and has said point blank that they do not want to cater to the freak of Alameda.

From a listing on Yelp! a long time Alamedian wrote:

"The owner then remarked to me that he goes to great lengths to NOT carry this type of jewelry in his shop specifically to keep freaks like me out of his store.
I replied "Pardon?" He then said, "That's right, STRANGE people like yourself.""

So strange freaks of Alameda, do not shop there. They do not want your business.


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Monday, November 5th, 2007
8:07 am - Alameda Town Centre Link

Things keep changing down there so much it's nice to have a resource to know exactly what *is* there.


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Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
10:33 am - Retro Diva - Vintage Clothing & Playawear Sale 7/22/06 (alameda)

Retro Diva - Vintage Clothing & Playawear Sale 7/22/06 (alameda)

Summer is upon us and it's time for SHOPPING!!!

Retro Diva - Vintage Clothing and Playawear Sale
2310 Buena Vista Avenue # A
Alameda, CA 94501
Saturday 7/22/06
Noon - 5 pm
Phone: 510-521-4228

What a variety we have for you this time! We're very excited to be joined at this sale by local designers Cristin Barnes and Tamara Schirrmacher.

From Retro Diva: stock up your Burning Man clothing with fun/funky furry boot styles, petticoats and an array of alternative hosiery styles. Also for your vintage nuts we have a room full of men's and women's premium quality vintage clothing and lingerie, including a rainbow of vintage slips.

We also will be set up to take orders for other items off our website like shoes, which we may not have in stock at the time of the sale.

Also please visit our webstore for funky and fetish clothing, shoes, hosiery and more... www.retrodiva.com

From local designer Cristin Barnes: Experience the custom one-of-a-kind clothing of SureFire. Knit Thneeds a 3-in-1 arm warmer, scarf, and earmuff. Perfect for shaking your booty in on those chilly playa nights.

From local Designer Tamara Schirrmacher: This Old Thing? Clothing with a past: A mix of vintage and recycled fashion. New and vintage fabrics cut into cute and sexy little 40's and 50's tops and dresses. Most pieces are one-of-a-kind.


With such a wonderful array of style and culture you're sure to find what you need!

As always, please feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have.

All images are copyright www.retrodiva.com

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Wednesday, June 14th, 2006
11:46 am - Retro Diva - Overstock Shoe SALE - Only 3 Days Left!

We need the room! We are running a series of overstock auctions on eBay to clean out the stock room. No matter what the retail price we started each pair at only $9.99. There are even some boots that regularly retail for $60
- $90 that are listed for $9.99.

Don't want to fight in an auction? We also listed each item with a Buy It Now price that's reduced from the normal retail price. As long as no one places the initial starting bid you can snap up the shoes via Buy It Now without having to wait until the auction end.

You can find all the items we have on sale at the link below. This also includes some closeout items that we do not list on our website. These special sale auctions only have 3 days left, so don't dilly dally!


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Thursday, May 18th, 2006
6:35 pm - Retro Diva - Vintage Clothing & Playawear Sale

Summer is upon us and it's time for SHOPPING!!!


Retro Diva - Early Burner Sale
2310 Buena Vista Avenue # A
Alameda, CA 94501
Saturday May 20th
1 pm - 4 pm
Phone: 510-521-4228

We're offering up many items from our website and a few furry boot styles that are perfect for the playa. Also for your vintage nuts we have a room full of men's & women's premium quality vintage clothing & lingerie. We also will have a good selection of hosiery from our website stock as well. Come get an early start to your playawear.

We also will be set up to take orders for other items off our website like shoes, which we may not have in stock at the time of the sale.

Then we pack it up and move it all over to San Francisco for Sale # 2.

Also please visit our webstore for funky and fetish clothing, shoes, hosiery and more... www.retrodiva.com


Chez Polsingh
281 Berkeley Way
San Francisco, CA View Map
Sunday, May 21st
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Phone: 415 285-3435

The ladies of Dumb Clothing and Retro Diva are back, at the new Polsingh residence in Diamond Heights. It has been a while since we sampled their wares and they have lots of new additions for men and women!

Full details:
View Evite

Both events are Visa/Mastercard friendly. :o)

As always, please feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have.

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Friday, April 28th, 2006
11:17 am - Retro Diva Sample Sale

Hi All!

Just a reminder that we're having a local sale tomorrow!

Retro Diva - Sample Sale

Saturday, April 29th
10 am - 2 pm
Retro Diva
2310 Buena Vista Avenue #A
Alameda, CA 94501
(check out our new by appointment only location)


It's time for Spring Cleaning so we're offering 20% off select shoes, lingerie, pvc and handbags.

We'll also be offering tons of items from our new hand picked premium men's and women's vintage clothing line as well as contemporary hosiery. Please note that the 20% discount Does Not apply to hosiery or vintage items.

Melissa Gruenhagen
Owner, Retro Diva
Purveyors of gothic fetish, vintage, clothing, shoes, hosiery and more... Please visit us at - http://www.retrodiva.com

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Monday, April 24th, 2006
4:15 pm - Discovery may derail Alameda deal

Pricey development might not happen if 1924 contract is valid

Wow, that is interesting but you know what...even if Alameda wins the case this woman might still lose her battle. With all the growth in Alameda lately if the city wins she might have just paved the way for them to buy up the land cheap and then sell it to another developer to build houses. Nothing says that the city will or even wants to make it into a park. I've been to the area they're talking about and it would make a lovely Park. The Vicar and I pick black berries from there almost every year.

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2006
10:22 am - Alameda 411

I thought it prudent to post a reoccurring list of "good to know"s for Alameda. I'll repost this periodically with updates. This list might come in handy to anyone new to the island or might be a tidbit that someone who's been here awhile could find handy. I don't know much about Harbor Bay so if anyone has anything to add about that area please do. Or if you have anything you think should be added to the list please do.

Rentals - The two biggest rentals agencies on the island are:

Mason Management - http://www.ommhomes.com/rentals/index.php
Gallagher And Lindsey - http://www.alamedarentals.com/

Both require rental applications but Gallagher & Lindsey require you pay the application fee before you even look at one of their properties. I personally have found both of my Alameda abodes via Mason Management.

Groceries and Shopping -

Marina Village Shopping Complex - http://www.marinavillagealameda.com/mv_map.htm
Has an Albertson's, WAMU, Wells Fargo, UPS Store, Radio Shack, Longs, and many other handy shops

Shoreline Shopping Complex aka Alameda Towne Centre - http://www.alamedatownecentre.com/
Home to a mammoth Safeway, Trader Joes, Albertson's, as well as Office Max, a plethora of banks, Walgreens, Mervyns, Beverly's fabric & craft store and much more.

Post Offices -

Main Post Office - Alameda
2201 Shoreline Drive, Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 748-4156

Post Office - Webster Street
1415 Webster Street, Alameda, CA 94501

Post Office - Park Central
1333-A Park Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501
(this one is my personal favorite. the ladies there are very nice and it's not as crowded as the main office or as sterile as the Webster location)

Oakland Airport - http://www.flyoakland.com/index2.cfm - Super Sneaky Back Route
The way to take the back route the airport to avoid the freeway is to take one of the following streets, constitution way, which becomes 8th, or grand avenue, or park street, or broadway, or high street to Otis, which is down by the water (away from Oakland). Whatever your means to get there turn left on Otis and keep going. It will take you over the Bay Farm Island bridge, stay to the left after the bridge, and go past the Chuck Corica golf course, where it turn into Dolittle Drive. Turn Right on to Airport Drive and follow the signs for your destination in the airport. Usually takes about 10 - 15 min to get there depending on where on the island you are located.

Hotel Accomodations - Coral Reef - http://www.coralreefinn.com/
This is my personal favorite it's clean, reasonably priced, about a half a block from the beach, across the street from the Towne Centre Shopping comples and each room has a kitchenette. It's really great if your folks are in town.

A nice listing of alternatives can be found here:

Dining - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g29073-Alameda_California.html

The list is not complete but until someone can take over the Alameda Info pages from the previous owner this is the best list I've found. Also http://www.ezdineinn.com is the East Bay's verision of Waiters On Wheels and they deliver to Alameda. Personal favorites include, Asena, La Pinata, Ole's Waffle Shop, & Yellow Tail Sushi (1315 Park St).

Theaters -
Central Cinema - http://www.centralcinema.net/

Hopefully the much debated Alameda Theater project will go forward. If you want to avoid the rumors and read details on the project go here:
http://www.ci.alameda.ca.us/theater/theater.html or

Bars -
Lost Weekend Lounge - 2320 Santa Clara Ave
Rockabilly hang out on the weekends

Lucky 13 - 1301 Park Street
Great jukebox

Forbidden Island - http://www.forbiddenislandalameda.com/
Coming in April - Tiki Bar

Rooster's Roadhouse - http://groups.msn.com/roostersroadhouse
Usually hosts some of our friend's events

This is just a handy little best of the bay link on Alameda from 2004

I will add more later but for now I think this covers the basics. Please feel free to add at will.

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9:12 am - Tiki Bar Coming To Alameda

I don't know about all of you but my community goes beyond just goth and I lean towards the tikiarama quite often. So I am thrilled that a classic tiki bar is coming to Alameda. Rumor has it that it's going to be in the location of Lincoln's Address Bar.


Welcome to Forbidden Island, Alameda's first and only tiki lounge. Located in the heart of Alameda's historic Bay Station Shopping District, Forbidden Island will feature a wide array of classic and contemporary gourmet cocktails, served in an exotic & fun tropical atmosphere.


Classic tiki bar interior evoking the legendary tiki lounges of the 1950s and '60s, with bamboo huts, waterfalls, and much more

Vintage tropical drinks and modern cocktails made right: perfectly balanced, with fresh-squeezed, seasonal juices and premium ingredients

Lush, outdoor island patio


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Friday, January 20th, 2006
1:10 pm - Fun Frolicking Fashion Fundraiser - January 25th

Hi All! Please spread the word and post this wherever you can.

Retro Diva will be helping Dumb Clothing (Paula Fletcher) and Erik Guzman put on a fundraiser fashion show next week (January 25th @ 8 pm, show starts at 10 pm) at The Mighty (119 Utah Street, San Francisco, CA) in San Francisco.

All the proceeds are going to The Hamilton Family Center providing homeless families a safe, stable, temporary home environment.

Full details can be found here:


I'm really excited that a) it's for a good cause and b) this will be my first fashion show. We all have been working out butts off to bring you a memorable and entertaining show!

Hope to see you all there.


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Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
5:20 pm - Goth music at Rooster's Roadhouse, Sat Jan 28 starting at 9:pm

I hope this is appropriate to post here.

My band D.I.E. is playing at Rooster's on the 28th. We are a female fronted goth/industrial trio. Opening for us is the most fantastic Left on Calliope, who has played there before and would be described as goth, and the last band is Radiostar SF.

The show is 18+ and I look forward to seeing you there.

current mood: weird

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Monday, December 19th, 2005
1:03 pm - OMG - The New Safeway is ENORMOUS

I popped down to South Shore last week to make a run at TJ's and I decided to pop into the new Safeway to take a gander and I was overwhelmed. Holy Crap Batman. It took me 30 minutes to get through the wine section. I took them up on their 10% discount on a 6 pack of wine and since everything was on sale the whole thing cost me only $82. Not bad for 5 bottles of wine and one bottle of champagne that should have been $35 by itself.

Everything is so clean and new and well stocked and organized. All the staff was really friendly and seemed to be in a good mood. It was eerie really.

Gary seemed to think that TJ's would be unhappy about the placement but I don't think it will really affect them because they are their own entity. I mean if you want Champagne Muscat Vinegar you know there's only one place you can go to get it.

I'm just thrilled that when I go to TJ's I don't have to get back in the car and repark to get all the other groceries I need that TJ's doesn't carry.

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Saturday, November 26th, 2005
6:41 pm - Tonight Tonight Tonight
c_death FlyerJoin us at Roosters Roadhouse Saturday, November 26th at 8:30PM for a night of Goth, Industrial, EBM, 80s, 90s, and 00s with DJs Vandal, C Death, and Special guest DJ Kermit. And for a special treat for those who went to Ain't Dead Yet in the past: Roy is once again working the kitchen! Skip dinner and come by for his world famous garlic fries and a steak.
21+: $6.00, 18+ $8.00
8:30PM - 2:00AM
Apocalypse @ Rooster's Roadhouse
1700 Clement Avenue, Alameda, CA, 94501
Click here for directions.

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Saturday, November 19th, 2005
6:06 pm - Apocalypse - Alameda, CA - 11/26/2005
c_death Now that you have feasted on the carrion fowl, come and relish in signs of the times, the height of civilization, and the plights of modern society. This is the time of APOCALYPSE.

We have chosen Famine at this time of year to be our front rider. So you have eaten a lot already. Don’t eat on Saturday and come out and drink.

Better take a cab home. Seriously!! But there is of course food at Rooster's until 12am, good drinks, pool tables, and large seating area. Oh yes and they now have a smoking area also now, I am told.

The venue is 18+, $8 for 18 – 20, $6 21+

We will be starting a little early maybe around 8:30pm.
Nov. 26, 2005
Dj's Vandal and C Death and Kermit
1700 Clement Ave.
Alameda CA

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