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Monday, October 17th, 2005
5:46 pm - Who knew?

retrodiva1
Ok so this has nothing to do with being a goth in Alameda but...

I asked my dad, Mr. Handyman XEtraordinaire, if he could find a book or a periodical on working with bamboo for me because we are in the process of creating a tiki room in our house. I was frustrated over the lack of bamboo frames on the market and although I would love to find vintage ones they are not that easy to come by either.

Not only did he find me books on the subject but he found me a store specializing in Japanese woodworking, including bamboo, in ALAMEDA of all places.

It's called the Japan Woodworker and they are pretty well known from what I can tell in the woodworkers circles.

http://japanwoodworker.com/page.asp?content_id=6271

Go figure? I'm going to have to check them out over the weekend and see what goodies they can offer me in the way of tools and potential classes.

current mood: excited

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Sunday, September 11th, 2005
2:11 am

shockmonster
Anyone know of 2 bedrooms opening up in alameda or rentals for around 850?

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Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
11:44 am - Deathrock in Alameda - Antiworld and last days of jesus
c_death Date & Time: Saturday, October 1, 2005 8:00 PM
Location: John Patrick's
1813 Park Street
Alameda, CA 94501
More Info: (510)522-5105

Saturday Oct.1st
@John Patrick's
Alameda, CA
1813 Park Street (510)522-5105

http://www.anotherstateofmind.net/antiworld%20home.htm

x-posted to my_island

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Thursday, May 12th, 2005
8:15 pm - ADY in Alameda, Tomorrow May 13th
c_death The ADY crew is back for a one off event tomorrow, Friday the 13th in Alameda.

We'll be taking over Tommy Rocko's Nightlife (aka A-town Pizza) at 1231 Park St, in Alameda.

This will be a low-key event, not a "club". Although it does have a dance area, we are more interested in creating a laid back, eat good food, and have friendly conversation while listening to good music atmosphere, then a "club" one.

There will be no cover. Arrive whenever, doors will be open, music will start at around 8.

The venue shares it space with A-town Pizza, which is open during all business hours, their menu can be seen here:

http://www.alamedainfo.com/A_Town_Pizza_Alameda_Menu_Dec_2004_B.jpg

It includes appetizers, salads, calazones, sandwiches, ribs, kabobs, pizza, and desserts.

Tommy Rocko's portion of the venue has a full bar and an excellent bartender.

Hope to see you there!

--- Christine

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2005
9:55 am - One off ADY event in Alameda in May
c_death The ADY crew is back for a one off event next month, Friday the 13th in Alameda.

We'll be taking over Tommy Rocko's Nightlife (aka A-town Pizza) at 1231 Park St, in Alameda.

This will be a low-key event, not a "club". Although it does have a dance area, we are more interested in creating a laid back, eat good food, and have friendly conversation while listening to good music atmosphere, then a "club" one.

There will be no cover. Arrive whenever, doors will be open, music will start at around 8.

The venue shares it space with A-town Pizza, which is open during all business hours, their menu can be seen here:

http://www.alamedainfo.com/A_Town_Pizza_Alameda_Menu_Dec_2004_B.jpg

It includes appetizers, salads, calazones, sandwiches, ribs, kabobs, pizza, and desserts.

Tommy Rocko's portion of the venue has a full bar and an excellent bartender.

Hope to see you there!

--- Christine

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Monday, March 21st, 2005
7:51 pm - EZ Dine Inn

retrodiva1
Thanks so much to plastic_diadem for suggesting http://www.ezdineinn.com.

The menu tree is hard to read and a little overwhelming but anyone that can deliver La Mediterranee to my door is worth every penny. I'm just lazy enough to not care about the delivery charge.

Haven't tried a lot of the restaurants on their list, which makes it hard to actually decide who to order from but several of the places look like they would be good to try out in person then add on to the delivery regime.

Now if they would just add the Blue Nile and Fonda on to their pick up list...

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7:43 pm - Restraunt Review - Cera Una - Take 2

retrodiva1
The first time we tried Cera Una, our thoughts were, "eh. It's ok." But we were at the post office the other day and decided that we would give it another go.

I am very pleased that we did because it turned out to be a very enjoyable meal. The Caprese appetizer was faboo and they catered to my whacky eating habits by doctoring a dish on their menu for me.

I went back again a few days later just to see if it was a fluke and everything was again just as yummy. Not sure if the first time was just a bad day for them of if they hired a new chef but I give it two thumbs up.

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Saturday, March 12th, 2005
9:54 am - Shameless Self Promotion

retrodiva1
It just occurred to me that some of you whom I haven't met might not know that I started a little goth shop in Alameda. It's actually a mix between goth and vintage gothabilly so to speak.

I've been selling vintage clothing for 10 + years and have been a goth for 20 +. I started a little space a year and a half ago inside of Alameda Antiques & Collectibles on Park Street for vintage clothing. Then sometime this last year I added on a wall of hosiery, same stuff we all would make trips to NY Apparel for. It's overflowing with stripey tights and fishnets right now and I'm planning on adding on another section of it so that I can bring in even more fun things to cover our legs with.

There are also a smattering of pvc clothing, shoes from the website and some of the handbags we get from England.

Eventually the business plan is to open up our own store on Park Street that will be a goth, fetish, vintage shop.

But for now I encourage those of you who need a hosiery fix to try stopping by the store and see if I can satisfy your cravings.

We are upstairs on the left side in the back corner. Look for all the hot pink signs that say "Retro Diva".

Inside (Alameda Antiques)
1519 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 523-0895
Top Floor

Also for those of you who've never been to the website:

http://www.retrodiva.com

a) I'm doing this to be a business entrepenuer and
b) I'm doing this to help support our community cause lord know's we don't need to be giving our money to Dal Jeets.

TTFN

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Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005
10:04 am - Restaurant Review: Gim's Chinese Kitchen

retrodiva1
Restaurant Review: Gim's Chinese Kitchen

I've driven by it a million times and I live two blocks away now but I'm SUPER partial to King Wah in Oakland's Chinatown so I always feel like I'm cheating on them when I eat any other Chinese food. Add on to that the fact that we've tried three other delivery places on The Island and they all suck, for lack of a stronger word.

So it was with much doubt we decided to try Gim's last night.

It was Pretty F'n Good. I wouldn't go so far as to say that they've supplanted King Wah for me but they are definitely more convenient and they have some tasty dishes I can't get at King Wah.

I highly recommend the Crab Rangoon and their hot mustard is HOT MUSTARD. It brought tears to my eyes.

http://www.alamedainfo.com/gims_menu.htm

Ta ta for now

current mood: happy

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Friday, January 7th, 2005
12:27 pm - Crafting tonight
c_death sorry about the cross post..

http://www.livejournal.com/community/my_island/10931.html#cutid1

Crafting tonight at a new Cafe called Julies on Park street.

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Sunday, December 26th, 2004
3:46 pm - Yay!

phreddiva
A movie theater in Alameda.

http://centralcinema.net/

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004
5:02 pm - I've been here 6 plus years and I never knew about this

retrodiva1
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/12/01/HOGBPA0A5P20.DTL

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Saturday, September 11th, 2004
8:25 pm - Art in the Park

sukebandeka
In case you haven't heard, Art in the Park is tomorrow, Sunday, September 12th, from 11AM to 5PM. It's at Jackson Park, right next to KFC off Park Street. Last year it was pretty lame, but this year ought to be better. My buddies, Tensegrity Nine, is playing right at 11. If you're into experimental music, they be the bomb. I will also be there, trying to sell my lonely lucky bamboo. I will be with my mama-san, who will be selling some paintings. So come on by and check it out. :o

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Tuesday, August 17th, 2004
12:27 am - Quinn's Lightouse, dinner is fine, beer's good too
tbeetle While not quite exactly smack in the center of alameda, Quinn's Lighthouse across the estuary and east of coast guard island is a great place of an after-work beer topsides or a somewhat expensive hamburger.

Anyone else like their menu?

- roberto

current mood: full

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Tuesday, July 27th, 2004
11:20 pm - Some German foodies

lemasquegris
A few days ago, chicafangs and I went to Speisekammer. Good German food, overall, but if your taste is specifically for schnitzel, there's only one of those on the menu. A nice selection of German Red Wines, which can be hard to find (white wines are easier to acquire.)

The potato pancakes w/ apple sauce was very yummy. I had the Gergrillte Frischen Bratwurst mit Sauerkraut und Kartoffelbrei for a main course. I ate everything on the plate it was all so yummy.

Price of appertizers range from $6 - $12 and entree's from $12 - $20.

If you have chance, it's worth checking out. they also have musicians playing in the bar area from time to time.

current mood: okay

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7:23 pm - New restaurant updates

retrodiva1
We've eaten at three new restaurants in the last few weeks and I wanted to send in my reviews.

Tomatino -
New it's on Park street
The food was pretty good. The atmosphere was loud and crowded. It seems that the wait staff is still getting their bearings as there was a line outside yet tons of empty tables inside.

The true surprise was that was the best Caesar salad I've had since I moved to CA 9 years ago. I recommend you split a Panini with someone as it won't keep and it's HUGE.

C'era Una Volta
http://www.alamedainfo.com/cera_una_volta_menu.htm

Food was average. It was neither bad nor great. It simply was. We'd still like to go back and try it again. Hopefully they will get more selection on their menu.

Amarin Thai -
http://www.alamedainfo.com/amarin_menu.htm

Same as it's neighbor C'era, pretty average. We didn't dislike it but it really wasn't all that. I'd go there again and try some other things before I vote it off the island.

A couple of observations:
With the line that Tomatino drew it's clear that Alameda is starving for new good restaurants. If someone wanted to open up a really great eatery they could most likely make a killing, especially if they delivered.

Truly the Skylight cafe is still my favorite spot on the whole island to eat.

current mood: optimistic

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Monday, July 26th, 2004
11:21 am - clothing swap?
c_death I took a box of clothes to buffelo exchange yesterday and they didn't take one item. I guess I could take them to "all the more to love" on Park street, but I wanted money now, not after the items were sold.

I also need clothes, not just money (getting credit at All the more to love wouldn't work, since I too small now). The clothes I'm getting rid of are size 14 to 16 (a couple of size 12 that are cut big). so I was thinking.... clothing swap? I'm looking for size 9 cut big to size 12 cut small. Or if there is nothing to swap, selling them at $5 a piece. I tried ebay and they sell so slowly and not worth the hassle.

so if interested fill in this poll. We could set it up at Java Rama or something.



clothing swap
yes
no
maybe

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Friday, June 25th, 2004
11:23 am - More restaurants...

retrodiva1
King Wah -
Address: 383 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 834-9769

It's not on the island but it's close, over in Oakland's Chinatown, and it's WELL worth the drive. They have been my favorite Chinese restaurant now for 5 years. Their food is great, their prices are reasonable and their service is outstanding. They know me by face now and always greet me with a smile and ask me things like if I'm in the movies. I love that kind of treatment!

So far the only down side to them I have found is that they close at 9 pm but then again so do half the restaurants on the island.

I have them programmed into my cell phone and since they are just around the corner from the tunnel I usually order when I hit the Broadway exit and by the time I get there it's ready.

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11:17 am - Update on Home Depot

retrodiva1
We just saw last night that the new Home Depot between High and Fruitvale is now open. Whoo hoo! Now why didn't I go check that before I drove all the way to Emmeryville yesterday.

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Monday, June 21st, 2004
3:10 pm

fragilesiren
my name is siren, and i hope you don't mind that i live in sacramento, cause i used to live in alameda. between the ages of 4 and 10 i lived there. i lived on park avenue(i think)and fitchburg and basinside streets. i went to otis elementary for kindegarten and the first grade, and for second -fourth grades i went to amelia earhart. i went to peter pan preschool, also. much love for alameda. my godparents still live there, as well as some other family friends, so i visit there often enough. oh, yeh, i am 20.

current mood: okay

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