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Posted on November 9 at 1:08 p.m.

First: “The Lives of Others” is an excellent movie reflecting the situation and sentiments as real as possible.

I understand that for a 10 year old the distances can be felt far, no matter how many miles, but for most readers here who have no real image of the location and circumstances it portrays a wrong picture. The story is written much later in a sort of a review of an adult, remembering then. Thus speaking of “Soviet buildings” comes from from todays view, I doubt that a ten-year old would have classified them that way. I have not read anything from the book yet, but the interview here — though offering an interesting perspective — gives some wrong impressions about the situation then. And please see that he, even as a boy, but with his whole family and their purpose of stay there, was already part of the so-called “Elite” with a different life and viewpoint on the average situation. But coming from California and only knowing Santa Barbara and Ventura areas, it must have been a shock-like experience...

On East Berlin Through 10-Year-Old Eyes

Posted on November 9 at 9:51 a.m.

... also, the basic things of life were not provided (maybe for the se kind of foreign people sent there like his family). People had work, earn money, pay rent etc. etc. but all with a tight social net including healthcare, paid sick days, paid vacations for all, etc. etc. On the other hand everything under tight state scrutiny and security with a lot of propaganda and brainwashing...

On East Berlin Through 10-Year-Old Eyes

Posted on November 9 at 9:34 a.m.

Not the “German Stazi” but the East German Stasi (an abbreviation from “Staatssicherheit”, meaning “State Security”.

Marzahn is out from the center not even 10 miles, more like 8. And it’s not really a suburb.

The buildings there (so called “Plattenbauten”, a kind of precast concrete construction) were not any kind of Soviet construction.

All in all an interesting but not very deep insight into the 1980 situation there, though it mirrors kind of the overall impressions of the time. I wish some better editing had been done (typos)...

I was born in Berlin and lived there through everything of the cold war, saw the Wall going up and coming down, and new about both sides first hand.

On East Berlin Through 10-Year-Old Eyes

Posted on April 16 at 10:53 p.m.

These things are still happening in Germany multiple times a year when British or American bombs and air mines are still detected 70 years later after WWII. Not always they have lucky endings, some people still get killed, some house demolished... just as with many of the land mines...

On Downtown Solvang Evacuated After Discovery of Explosive Device

Posted on December 17 at 7:34 p.m.

Well, so a few undercover cops go there having a good time on our tax dollars, just to close these places (that harm no one) down so no one else can have the fun — or how does this work? Nothing else to do in matters of crime?

On Massage Parlor Employees Cited for Solicitation of Prostitution

Posted on August 29 at 8:34 a.m.

Aside from the St. Barbara depiction, the typography in that logo is so weak and badly arranged (kerning etc.) that any graphic design student in a serious school would have failed class. Just setting some type as it comes from your computer is not enough for such a purpose... I wonder what was paid for that amateurish work. Any designer caring a bit for typography could have done much better. Even when keeping this design, a work over is badly needed.

On Last Dog Standing

Posted on May 11 at 1:36 p.m.

Cruise ships don't bring much (don't know about the harbor fees): no bed tax. They're probably buying some cheap souvenirs (T-shirts, caps and stuff), not spending much in restaurants (it's all free on board), maybe they take a trolley to the mission and courthouse. Businesses in the Granada Theater area don't see any of the cruisers, even with information and ads targeted to them. (Have you ever seen them when they get ashore to the busses waiting for them? Not much to expect).

What we urgently need are those visitors coming for business, conferences, meetings, even weddings — these are spending money here. But over the last years less and less are coming (at least to my observation).

On Santa Barbara's Billion-Dollar Tourism Industry

Posted on April 27 at 4:02 p.m.

I'd trade just about every red tile roof or Victorian or California ranch style home for the one on top, the Longo house.

Though cheaper and faster than with traditional building methods, with the price for properties (land) here, it is probably still unaffordable for most...

On Modern and Modular Homes of S.B.

Posted on April 11 at 6:54 a.m.

Don’t blame it on the art. Don’t fight symptoms but the cause. Or do we want to play the game of removing everything where the "unwanted" congregate, next a planter, next a bench, and then the curb?

On Cops Take Aim at Public Art Piece

Posted on March 17 at 12:24 p.m.

Next time you’re in San Francisco go to the Buena Vista near the wharf, the corner where the cable car ends (2765 Hyde St.). They serve the best Irish coffee ever, it’s their trade mark. The café is there for nearly 100 years and introduced their famous Irish coffee in 1952.

See information on their website (includes the history of their Irish coffee):
http://www.thebuenavista.com/home/hom...

On An Ode to Irish Coffee

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