Sunday, January 30, 2011

Joined the club

This morning, I joined the growing throng of 94708ers who've experienced the smash and grab. This isn't my VW Golf, but mine looks like it. For his or her pains, the artist who did this work got my FasTrak transponder, since disabled. I learned that you can file a police report online - a more efficient process than filing a claim with Allstate, I found. My oldest son, who lives in SF, told me that he installed a video camera to survey the street in front his building. Might be a plan. BPD Officer Byron White has been warning 94708 for some time about the likelihood of this. My glove compartment was closed, not open and empty. My mistake.

Friday, January 7, 2011


Inspired by the rock-bottom hotel prices, I flew to NYC this afternoon. I booked into the Lucerne, which is a lot sunnier in this photo than in reality. NYC was 32 degrees and falling when I arrived, but the much-reported blizzard has been reduced to water (turning to ice) on the sidewalks. (There's a lot more snow left in Queens, I noted.) I took public transit from JFK: AirTrain to Jamaica Station, LIRR to Penn Station, and the #1 to W. 79th. It's reasonably fast and a third the price of a cab. I learned from Berkeleyside that I missed a power outage and earthquake tremors earlier today. (Glad the latter weren't serious.) I left the house at five a.m. to catch Virgin America's seven a.m. flight. That's a good airline, not least because they dim the lights.