Archive for December, 2011

Free Rides New Year’s Eve

Free transit service on New Year’s Eve 2011:

VTA will be offering free service on all light rail and bus lines from 7:00 pm Saturday, December 31, 2011 until 3:59 am Sunday, January 1, 2012.

Light Rail:

Last trip leaving Santa Teresa at 1:54 am
Last trip leaving Alum Rock at 1:37 am
Last trip leaving Winchester at 1:10 am
Last trip leaving Mountain View at 10:50 pm
Last trip leaving Baypointe at 1:27 am

Express Line 180/181 (to the Fremont BART Station):

Last Northbound bus leaving Diridon Station at 2:06 am arriving at Fremont BART at 2:47 am
Last Southbound bus leaving Fremont BART at 3:05 am arriving at 2nd & Santa Clara at 3:41 am (Does not go to the Diridon Station)

 

Caltrain offers free train service starting at 11:00 pm on Dec. 31, 2011. In addition, Caltrain will add four extra post-midnight, southbound trains to its regular Sunday schedule, Jan. 1, 2012. Trains will depart the San Francisco station at 12:45 am, 1:15 am, 1:45 am and 2:15 am, making all local weekend stops (including Diridon Station).

SF Muni has free rides on all Muni lines & routes (including cable cars) from 8:00 pm New Year’s Eve until 6:00 am New Years Day. Additional Metro service from 8:00 pm to 2:15 am from West Portal to Caltrain and until 4 am from Embarcadero to West Portal Station.

Broadway San Jose Presents CATS! and Psycho Donuts a Treat


CATS the musical is playing at the Center for the Performing Arts – December 27, 2011 through January 1, 2012.

255 Almaden Boulevard San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 295-9600

CATS make-up artist Jimmy Goode (he once attended Oak Grove High School) will transform a Psycho Nurse into a CATS Nurse tomorrow at the downtown Psycho Donuts. The special CATS donuts will be available.

CATSonut is a bavarian cream filled raised donut frosted with the CATS logo also a must try a Psycho Kitty Litter cake donut.

Psycho CATS Nurse – A Psycho Transformation Event.

When: Wednesday, December 28 – 11AM – 1PM

Where: Psycho Donuts San Jose
288 S. 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Monday – Thursday 7am-10pm
Friday 7am-midnight | Saturday 8am-11pm | Sunday 8am-10pm

Also, CATS donuts will be available at the Psycho Donuts Campbell location.

Psycho Donuts Campbell
2006 S. Winchester Blvd, Campbell, CA 95008
Monday – Thursday 6am-9pm
Friday 6am-11pm | Saturday 7am-11pm | Sunday 7am-9pm

CATS TIX

Psycho Donuts

Café San José

Will the Waiter - on the right


This little hole in the wall cafe located in a strip mall serves up some very tasty breakfast.

I had the Good Morning Denver and my husband had the Pancake Sandwich. Both were very good. I had a bite of his pancake and I gave him a scoop of my omelet.

Though the cafe was packed our order was up without delay. Will was our friendly waiter. He took good care of us making sure we had all that we needed.

We plan to go back soon.

Café San José

1583 Meridian Ave.
San José, CA 95125
Located between Dick’s Bakery and the Goodwill

408.265.3020

Open daily from 7:00 AM – 3 PM
Breakfast & Lunch served all day.

Café San José Website (a joy to use)

Metro headlines WTF?

This is going to come across like me doing a bad imitation of the Daily Fetch, but here goes…

Here’s the cover of the current Metro:

Really, Metro headline writer? You want to open up the can of worms that comes with trying to put Black English into print? In the front cover headline? In a way that’s so subtle a lot of people might just think you don’t know how to spell “tentacles”?

And here’s the cover of Metro from two weeks ago:

I’ve been thinking about this (obsessively) for two weeks, and I’m still not sure how to complete the thought in this headline. At least not in a way I’d be willing to print in Metblogs, let alone a print paper.

Songs for a Winter’s Night


I am looking forward to this year’s musical holiday concert presented by the Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus (SVGMC).

I have been told “Songs for a Winter’s Night” will include the songs of Kwanza, Hanukkah, and Christmas.

Also, there are always some cheerful comic moments!

When: December 16th & 17th at 8 PM also the 18th at 3 PM.

Where: Christ The Good Shepherd Church at 1550 Meridian Ave., San Jose 95125

Tickets: Purchase

SVGMC is partnering with Family Giving Tree.

Bring a new unwrapped gift or toy to the “Songs for a Winter’s Night” concert to help the children of a family in need feel the love of the season.

Note: Each donor will receive a ticket for a special drawing.

The Santaland Diaries

The Santaland Diaries

One of the highlights of the Christmas season is the invitation from Berger Lewis for me and a guest to enjoy a play at City Lights. This year it was “The Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris.

Sedaris was ‘discovered’ in Chicago while reading from his diary… He must have had some good entries because he was asked to read more on the radio. It was December 23, 1992 when he read on National Public Radio of his job as an elf at a Macy’s.

“The Santaland Diaries” the play is a well acted mostly one Man/Elf show – with the help of 3 Ho-Ho-Ho’s. This campy monologue of a musical will relive the painfully funny memories for anyone who has worked with the public during the holidays as Elf endures the unpleasantness of parents and their children. June and I had a jolly time!

Note: “The Santaland Diaries” is sprinkled with four-letter punctuations.

The Cast

The Elf: Adam Magill

Adam Magill

The Ho-Ho-Ho’s: Kristin Schmitz – Patty Reinhart – Elizabeth Curtis

Kristin Schmitz-PattyReinhart-Elizabeth Curtis


The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris
Directed by Jeffrey Bracco

Playing Now – Dec. 18th 2011
Only 4 days left – to purchase tickets call 408.295.4200 or City Lights
Ask about parking. Get tickets now – they are going fast!
Added a 7:00 pm show on Sunday.

For something completely different and edgy I recommend City Lights Theater Company any time of the year!

529 South Second St. San Jose

David Sedaris facebook

Berger Lewis – supports City Lights Theater Company

Investors and Startups Crawl Through Downtown San Jose

PitchcrawlThursday night was what I think will be the first of  many PitchCrawls in downtown San Jose. Created by the energetic Tracy Lee of Dishcrawl fame, the event brought together investors and startups in a crawl through some of downtown’s innovation centers, with a break at each for startups to pitch their ideas in 3 minute sessions to investors who offer everything from funds to technology for the companies they invest in. We heard ideas for everything from affordable tech support and iphone apps to the next hot sports drink company founded by a scientist and a well known athlete and an outsourced HR company. Ideas were flowing and so was the banter as we moved from place to place.

This is a refreshing change from the usual pitch events, that’s for sure. Instead of gathering in a room to hear elevator pitch after pitch and then the frantic rush to speak to “the” investor, startups and investors had a chance to mingle and talk more casually, eat some great food and tour some of San Jose’s downtown innovation centers at the same time. Everyone I asked was delighted with the format, even in the chilly winter weather as we worked our way from venue to venue.

The first stop was at the San Jose Tech Shop. I’ve been wanting to venture in here for months. They soft-opened in July and the place is amazing. If you’re wanting to do anything requiring very cool and expensive toys, this is your place. They offer classes to expand your knowledge for using everything from CAD programs and 3-D modeling to a sophisticated machine shop, industrial sewing equipment, a powder coating booth and a huge water cutting table that can slice through marble or steel like a hot knife through butter. Very impressive. We noshed on tacos from Juanita’s and had a tour of the facilities, then stopped for round 1 of the pitches.

Stop 2 was at the home of DishCrawl and several other burgeoning startups housed in Next Space, a co-working space on 2nd St. While we sampled the amazing concoctions provided by Raw Daddy (find him at the Sunday Campbell and Palo Alto farmer’s markets) we met more founders and toured the space with manager Gretchen Baisa. If you’re looking for a drop-in space to work or a friendly office environment that’s not in your garage, you should be checking this space out right in the heart of downtown San Jose.

The 3rd stop was–in classic DishCrawl style–a food truck. This time from House of Siam for some yummy roti wrapped around satay pork with peanut sauce. It was a quick stop but gave us more energy for the busy networking scene going on at our last stop, the Irish Innovation Center. The Innovation Center had a full-on networking event going on already in the Silicon Valley Holiday Mixer, complete with a mini trade show and music, and the place was packed. Add a pile of Pichcrawlers and you’ve got a fantastic networking opportunity. The center partners with the Kauffman Foundation, Microsoft Bizspark, IDA Ireland. and Price Waterhouse Coopers to name a few, and offers members office space, mentoring, education and the opportunity to connect with potential funders.

All in all, the event was a huge success and I heard quite a few meetings being scheduled. What a unique and fun way to get in front of some interesting investors with your startup or find the next startup before anyone else! The next PitchCrawl is to be held in San Francisco on January 10. At last check there were just a few tickets left, but I expect they will be back in Silicon Valley soon. Big congrats to the DishCrawl team for another well executed concept!

Children’s Day at History San José 2011

This Sunday, December 11, is Children’s Day at History San José with holiday festivities from noon to 4:00 PM.

Children can ride the trolley with Santa Claus on the 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM runs. A highlight every year is that children can experience operating the hand-cart along the tracks.

Festivities include arts and crafts projects at the Umbarger House, the Markham House, the Hill House and the Associated Oil Service Station. Some of the participants include the Hellenic Heritage Institute, the Portuguese Historical Society of California and the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project.

Also open, the Print Shop and Trolley Barn, along with the Leonard and David McKay Gallery.

Admission is $8.00 per family of four, $2.00 per additional person. Parking is $6.00; seniors, active military, and handicap parking $2.00.

Children’s Day at History San José 2011
History San José
1650 Senter Road
San José, 95112
408.287.2290

Sunday, December 11, 2011
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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