Monday Morning Distractions – Surfing the interwebs

3 Nov

I don’t know about you, but I need some distractions right about now. Really, can it be Tuesday night already? I can’t take the anticipation anymore!

To distract myself this weekend, I finally got caught up on blog posts and found some distractions that made me smile. Hope they make you smile too:

David at Brooklyn Avenue spotted a great No on 8 car parked in Oakland.

Apparently, Rockridge BART is the place to be on Thursday night. Oakland North covers the four square games that happen there weekly, complete with video. East Bay West Online (Oakland North’s sister site), also has a fun video up, of the Dia de Los Muertos celebration in East Oakland. Don’t you just love the variety of activities you run into throughout Oakland? And don’t you love Oakland North and East Bay West Online for telling you about them?

Via my cousin’s blog, I found this incredible set of photos of our next president. I know, you’ve already seen plenty of photos of Obama, but these are worth checking out. Make sure to keep clicking “show more images” to see all the beautiful photography in this set.

The Uptown neighborhood in downtown Oakland is hopping! dto510 covers all the excitement popping up in Uptown, including restaurants, apartments, and the soon to be opened Fox Theater. V Smoothe recently visited the brand new park next to the Uptown apartments and took some great photos. I need to find some time to head down there and check it out (after the election).

Check out this stunning photo Andrew at Oakland Geology took from atop Kaiser Hospital’s parking structure. Oakland is simply beautiful at dusk.

Britnney Gilbert’s job is to serve up distractions over at Eye on Blogs. I recently noticed this feature of hers called “Today’s [insert city here].” Check out Today’s Oakland, Richmond, and San Francisco for some stunning Bay Area photos.

Via Awaken Cafe’s blog, I read this sometimes hopeful, sometimes depressing article in the Oakland Tribune about how small businesses are faring in Oakland in the face of an economic downturn. The takeaway from the story is that while some traditional businesses are seeing sales slump, businesses that fill a new niche are doing very well. One industry that’s booming in particular is medical marijuana:

Richard Lee, owner of the nearby Oaksterdam Gift Shop, at 405 15th St., said demand for medicinal marijuana is almost ridiculously high.

“The cannabis industry is booming now that sales are legal,” Lee said. “We’re using that to revitalize this part of Oakland. We think Oakland could be like Las Vegas, which used legalized gambling to expand to other industries, bringing in Cirque du Soleil and stuff like that.”

Lee said the pot club pays $300,000 a year in sales tax and employs 30 people, on top of attracting 1,000 customers a day, who contribute a lot of income to nearby eateries.

Maybe the council will recognize this next year and increase the medical marijuana dispensary permits allowed in Oakland from four to at least six.

3 Responses to “Monday Morning Distractions – Surfing the interwebs”

  1. oscar November 3, 2008 at 10:04 am #

    Another Monday morning distraction:
    A fire hydrant erupts in Oakland Chinatown.
    Urban Geyser

    The Fire Dept had it under control right after I was able to take my phone-cam shot.

  2. AustinOAK November 3, 2008 at 10:12 pm #

    Thanks for speaking out on Medical Marijuana. I believe Richard Lee a real champion for our Oakland Community. He is the best. Helps Democratic causes plenty in this campaign. Gr8t Guy. Progressive do see that Small Business is KEY to a revitalized Oakland. Oaksterdam potential is LIMITLESS.. BoadwayWEST is what we need this area to become. “Give me regads to Broadway” The west coast version east coast. Kewl right? only in a much hipper modern approach. SPEND a ton of resources (money) and others (bus communit or volunteers or supporters$ ) focusing on JLS Downtown Oaksterdam Uptown Grand Lake up Broadway right N2 Rockridge. This corridor is central to all efforts for Oakland to thrive. There are many gr8t efforts ongoing in many of these areas. I’d like to focus on this area. East Bay Pride – 2009 I mostly just want to get’R going – not run it. any ideas on that?

    Oh and the pic of Oakland is surreal.

  3. Georgia November 4, 2008 at 2:47 pm #

    Thank you for the link to Callie Shell’s website. The photographs are incredible!

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