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Re: “Dirty Old Women

Five stars for the Octopus, which has a nice selection of craft beers for $5 or $6, plus sandwiches.

Posted by Susan Kuchinskas on 04/24/2015 at 4:51 PM

Recent Comments

Re: “The New Guy: Introducing 'Express' Editor Nick Miller

Welcome, it will be excellent to have someone with your experience carry the flag. One request: Can you guys please stop with "The Town" thing? It's just embarrassing. Oaktown if you really must.

Posted by Susan Kuchinskas on 05/05/2016 at 9:39 AM

Re: “The Tipping Point

Thanks for quoting researchers, but you keep saying they "downplayed" any negative effects of surcharges instead of tipping. I think you mean, they didn't actually see negative effects, which is an important distinction that should be clarified.

I think restaurant goers are smart enough to figure out that if food prices are 15 to 20 percent higher but they don't have to tip, they're not paying any more. And I think it's weird to expect customers to pay employees' wages directly in the form of a tip. I'm all for the tipless service charge -- although I'd assumed it would actually go to the staff. Sounds like that is not necessarily the case. I'll try to support the restaurants that go this route.

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Posted by Susan Kuchinskas on 02/19/2015 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Recycling and Anxiety in Berkeley

Thanks for bringing attention to this issue. The article doesn't address what I think is the biggest contributor to this problem: Berkeley's dual-bin, sorted recycling system. Berkeley is the only city in the Bay Area that uses this antiquated, confusing and inconvenient system which requires people to separate paper from glass and plastic. This makes it super-easy for poachers, who can simply tip the bin holding the bottles into their trucks.

Every other city provides one large, deep, rolling cart into which folks can dump all their recycling. With these carts, poachers must dig deep and sort thru the contents of the cart to pull out bottles one by one.

A public relations staffer from Sunset Scavengers, which handles San Francisco, told me that their recyclable recovery jumped 25 percent when they moved from separate bins to commingled recycling.

The police will never be able to stop people from poaching when it's that easy. But making it much harder to poach by replacing bins with deep carts would.

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Posted by Susan Kuchinskas on 06/11/2010 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Have Steam, Will Travel


12:04 The Home School Heroes pull in to the first checkpoint, in the teentsy historic town of Port Costa. Their vegetable oil Mercedes is clean and quiet. They've connected with their network of other homeschoolers to pick up fuel along the way. The checkpoint is the parking lot for The Warehouse a biker hangout in an 1890s stone building filled with a collection of oddities featuring a stuffed polar bear looming over a stuffed seal. Forty five minutes later, the Prisoners of Petroleum arrive. They were delayed by a stop at Costco where they lurked outside, offering to trade race t-shirts for vegetable oil. They picked up enough for the next leg before Costco employees chased them away. But they'll have to load up again tonight in order to make it over the mountains.

Fifteen minutes behind them are the Green Team, the Alabama crew. Their truck burns wood chips and they're towing a trailer carrying a generator and table saw. Their wood gasifier will run the generator which will power the table saw which will cut up wood to power the gasifier. And somehow, enough extra power will be generated to run the truck.

4:15 Checkpoint #2: Moccasin Power Station. Moccasin is a settlement of about 30 houses all built at the same time as the powerhouse, 1925. It's slightly eerie because although many of the houses seem inhabited by San Francisco employees, and toys litter porches and two dogs bark behind a wooden fence, there is no one to be seen.

Philmo and Eric have a table and banner set up next to their pickup. We're the first people to arrive. Along the way, we saw the ominous signs: Tioga Pass closed. Who knows? We'll have to wait for someone to tell us what to do. But the camping resort is just 8 miles away. It's cold and very windy.

Brooke and Peter arrive with little news. Supposedly the Home School Heroes are an hour away.

5:29 Brook and Peter arrive, with no news. Michael Michael shoes up. No sign of the racers. We are cold and move on to the campsite.
-- Susan Kuchinskas

Posted by Susan Kuchinskas on 10/12/2008 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Rethinking the Corner Store

Excellent idea, we should have included it. It's 5650 Market St, Oakland; just south of where Adeline and Market converge.

Posted by Susan Kuchinskas on 06/23/2008 at 4:41 PM

Re: “When Love is Not Enough

The technique of keeping the child held securely in the arms in therapeutic sessions with Ms. Keeler Wolf was described to me in detail and on tape by one of the mothers in my story. Maybe there is another more politically correct term for this practice.

It should be noted that, while some rogue therapists have taken the technique to extremes, the "holding" is designed to recreate the experience of being safe in mommy's arms -- not being held down. And, if I didn't make it clear enough in the story, let me say explicitly that both mothers I interviewed had nothing but praise for Ms. Keeler Wolf's work, and both felt strongly that she had greatly helped their daughters.

Susan Kuchinskas

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Posted by Susan Kuchinskas on 12/19/2007 at 5:52 PM

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