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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 2, 2013 - 03:46am PT
Trucks on Main, yes.  Farms, no.
Trucks on Main, yes. Farms, no.
Credit: mouse from merced
Ol' Ben espressin' hisself.
Ol' Ben espressin' hisself.
Credit: mouse from merced

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
May 2, 2013 - 12:05pm PT
From 2008-2013 I was living in north Berkeley hills and Kensington. Lots of retired white people, local Kensington police force to kept out "the less desirable elements" and got excited when they could write a ticket for running the only stop sign around.

Melissa, that demographic map of rich/poor blocks matches up pretty well with what anyone can observe living there.

The restaurant I'll miss the most is De Afghanan Kabob place on University. Sometimes we would get take-out and sit up on Indian Rock. Sometimes it was a crowded summer sunset, sometimes all alone in a winter evening chill.


Trad climber
May 2, 2013 - 12:15pm PT
To quote Jerry Garcia...(he was referring to those who like the Dead) ...Berkeley is like licorice. People who like licorice really like licorice. People who don't like it, really don't like it.

I don't like licorice, but I really like Berkeley. And the Dead.

Trad climber
May 2, 2013 - 12:20pm PT favorite playground is only five minutes from my house...
Credit: throwpie

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
May 2, 2013 - 12:27pm PT
Throwpie, my daughter learned to ride a bike on the frontage road right next to there :)

And from the "Not Berkeley Enough" video... Adventure Park! That place is the most cool kids park I have ever seen or heard of. Where else can kids go to work picking up trash or nails on the ground, trade it in to earn tools like hammers and paint brushes, and then go start adding whatever they want onto the existing play structure? Or Codornices park, with the huge rock slide that wears a hole in your butt or scrapes the skin off your knuckles? I'll bet not many cities have stuff where kids can easily hurt themselves. But that stuff is so fun!

That licorice comment is pretty right on.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 2, 2013 - 12:55pm PT

Been balling a shiny black piton hammer
Been chippin' up rocks for the great new line
I climb five ten if I take my time
Climbin’ that crack and drinkin' my wine

I been chippin’ them rocks from dusk till doom
My rider took the bolt kit to King Tut’s tomb
Guidebook says I should follow some crack
If I do five pitches gotta haul my pack, yes I will

Easy wind, blowin’ cross the Big Stone today
Cuz there’s a whole lotta climbin’, Mama
Yet for me to do today
And the belayer keeps on shoutin’
But you never heard a word he said!

Gotta find a woman who’ll be good to me
Won’t hid my bolt kit, try to make me free
Cuz i’m a stonemaster, El Cap, and my Heart is true
And I’ll give everything that I got to you, where’s my drill?

(chorus with dancing and juggling)
Credit: mouse from merced

In earthly life, Chuck eschewed permanancy in relationships, since they got in the way of his climbing.

And anything else which inhibited him in that way.

He was so Berkeley, really he was.

But there was little or nothing for him there, was there?

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 1, 2013 - 03:15pm PT
From the university town too tough to cry over broken eggs or tossed salad.


Does your stomach remember the crepes? Mine doesn't, but my tongue recalls.
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Nov 1, 2013 - 03:29pm PT
Berkeley! Love that video. 45 years plus living there now with only the 4 year move to Santa Barbara for school.

Berkeley is great, but if you are raised there anywhere else you go seems a little wierd. :)
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 1, 2013 - 04:25pm PT
The flamiest NooB rises in a cloud of dust and ashes, like Fee Nix, the love child of Moe Bandy and Stevie Nix.

Potato wine and chicken wings. Roadhouse City.

Gland to meet ya, hope you'll shake my hand one day again real quick.
Ron Anderson, right some of the time, stubborn all the time, 100%-er.
Ron Anderson, right some of the time, stubborn all the time, 100%-er.
Credit: mouse from merced

Not EVEN "Remote Berkeley," the Fantasy Camp is burned to the ground in the Rim fire.

The new one should have street people roaming around, panhandling the new un-happy campers so they feel at home.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 1, 2013 - 04:32pm PT
One thing there, Mouster, Ron at least has the right breed of dog going on there. That Border collie is probably brighter than he is.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 1, 2013 - 04:34pm PT
Would that be a Nevada Border Collie?

Enrolling his lovely dog (truly a sweetie) at Berkeley for out of state stoonts must be prohibitively expensive. Not to mention the license-switching fees!

Mountain climber
Colorado, Nepal & Okinawa
Nov 1, 2013 - 05:22pm PT
Thanks to scuffyb for pointing out that I went shopping in the co-op and not REI. This could explain why they couldn't find my REI number at their store in Boulder a month ago (but I've been a member since the 1960's says I). So does the Berkeley Co-Op (grocery and mountaineering) still exist?

My last few trips to Berkeley have been to do retreats at the Nyingma Institute. Tibetan art and chanting with electrified prayer wheels, high up on the hill with a view of the Golden Gate and Bay. It doesn't get any better than that.

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Nov 1, 2013 - 05:27pm PT
Thanks, nutjob, for posting that picture of Indian Rock. Even though I left Berkeley forty years ago, I still sometimes dream that I'm moving back, and am overjoyed just to be able to go back to The Rock.


Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Nov 1, 2013 - 05:30pm PT

scuffy b

heading slowly NNW
Nov 1, 2013 - 05:32pm PT
Referring back to Nutjob's post and its mention of the Afghan restaurant
on University which he will miss, I lament the loss of Celo Kabab on Solano.
That place became so good (I missed out on its earliest days) that it could
make me cry. Well, it did when I lived in Jackson Hole and could only visit
Berkeley once or twice a year.
It suffered a huge loss of business after 9/11/2001 and closed down.
scuffy b

heading slowly NNW
Nov 1, 2013 - 05:46pm PT
Hey Jan,

The co-op closed entirely. The Cedar/Shattuck store became Andronico's, a
high-tone supermarket. I think the grocery on Telegraph went the same way.
The grocery on University? I can't recall now what happened there.
The co-op wilderness supply at Cedar and Shattuck became a series of
pharmacies, and I may have imagined a wilderness supply on University near
the Ski Hut. If there really was one I don't know what moved into that

NutAgain's first picture shows the spot where I was sitting when the 1989
earthquake struck. Top center of the shot, the big stone pylon marking the
intersection of San Mateo and Indian Rock.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 1, 2013 - 06:15pm PT
Sather Gate is a prominent landmark separating Sproul Plaza from
the bridge over Strawberry Creek, leading to the center of the
University of California, Berkeley campus.

The gate was donated by Jane K. Sather, a benefactor of the
university, in memory of her late husband Peter Sather, a
trustee of the College of California, which later became the
University of California.

It is California Historical Landmark No. 946 and No. 82004649
in the National Register of Historic Places.


Stephen Tyng Mather (July 4, 1867 – January 22, 1930) was an
American industrialist and conservationist who as president
and owner of Thorkildsen-Mather Borax Company became a millionaire.

With his friend and journalist Robert Sterling Yard, Mather led a
publicity campaign to promote the creation of a unified federal
agency to oversee National Parks administration, which was
established in 1916.

In 1917 Mather was appointed as the first director of the
National Park Service, the new agency created within the
Department of the Interior.

He served until 1929, during which time Mather created a
professional civil service organization, increased the numbers
of parks and national monuments, and established systematic
criteria for adding new properties to the federal system.

Stephen Tyng Mather was born in San Francisco, and named for
the prominent Episcopal minister Stephen Tyng of New York,
who was admired by his parents, Joseph W. Mather and Bertha
Jemima Walker. Mather was educated at the private Boys' High
School in San Francisco, and graduated from the University
of California at Berkeley in 1887.

Sather and Mather:

Two happy-enough campers from Berkeley; but could they climb more than fourth class?

No, but simply because it hadn't been named yet!

I think the Director could have done 5.5 or so with no problemo.

Peter Sather, quien sabe? But with Haan's expert coaching,
he could be another Floyd Turner at the very least, taking his
clothes off to climb Mt. Rainier, for example, by moonlight--a
kind of fraternity initiation.

Imagine the hi-jinx if Camp 4 were an extension of FRAT ROW?


Social climber
Nov 1, 2013 - 06:26pm PT
Oh man, I'm not Berkeley enough
And i was diggin on The Graduate. Just been there a little- got dropped of after getting a looong ride from Seaside all the way to San Francisco. Let us out at an exit in Berkeley that was already 5 deep at 10 P.M. Nobody was ever going to leave there that night so we broke down and got a ride to the palace.
Bookends From Portland -the town with no soul- to San Francisco- where people think they've accomplished something because of where they live. Still I've always enjoyed the forced intellectual push that comes from the city. But it does get old having to always keep on the lookout for for Smart Bombs.
But Berkeley delivers- with some strong and fresh wind that's still blowing through my laundry list.
I'll leave the typos in for those who need it

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 1, 2013 - 06:35pm PT
Go fer it, Gofer Guts!

Nov 1, 2013 - 06:36pm PT
and last across from Live Oak Park on Shattuck within easy walking distance of Indian Rock.
Fond memories - my dad grew up in Flagg House #1, a Maybeck designed chalet at 1200 Shattuck. Loved that house and Live Oak Park.

Maybeck also designed Parsons Memorial Lodge in Tuolumne Meadows.
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