I update my posts regularly. I will now log the updates for the Quirky Berkeley fandom.
Starting with the latest, here they are:
March 4, 2017: I added this horse to my supposedly “wild west” post.
March 4, 2017: I added this lovely mailbox to my post on artistic depictions of dogs and cats.
March 4, 2017: John and I were photographing a tree house on Jefferson when we spotted this bungalow court – a great one! – that I have now added to my second post on bungalow courts.
February 19, 2017: I found two new photos to add to my post on the tower at what was originally a Lucky’s and is now a CVS at Shattuck and Rose, one of that Lucky’s and one from San Francisco.
February 12, 2017: I added a newly available photograph of students using Ludwig’s Fountain to wash tear gas from their eyes to my Ludwig’s Fountain post. Matthew Maggy posted a series of great unknown photos of People’s Park which he found in his father’s papers.
January 31, 2017: I added this garden door to my post on doors.
January 21, 2017: A reader found another bungalow court, which I added to my second post on Berkeley’s bungalow courts.
January 2, 2017: I added these photos to my post on the underground press in Berkeley from the era before the Barb started publication.
January 2, 2017: I dug out my post on trains and added a matchbook cover from China Station, which for a while in the 1970s operated out of the Southern Pacific Station that is now Brennan’s.
January 2, 2017: I found a photo on Facebook (Your Mom is So Berkeley) of a past Julie Partos installation on Webster that I had not seen. I added it to my Partos post.
January 2, 2017: I added a photo of Smokey Joe’s Cafe to my post on food places that are gone.
December 24, 2016: I added a number of photos taken by Ken Taranto and sent by Meta Metal to my post on Martin Metal. These are only two of the many photos I added.
December 17, 2016: I added tree-stump-carvings of a cat and dog on Alcatraz to my post on dogs and cats.
December 17, 2016: I had a photo of the lovely rainbow trim on this house but had lost the address. Frustration! A vigilant Quirky Berkeley reader sent me a photo suggesting that I add to the rainbow post. End of frustration! Added to post.
December 17, 2016: A skunk on the roof on Franklin added to my post on creatures of the woods.
December 17, 2016: A great new rogue little free library at the Lothlorien Housing Coop on Prospect, added to my Very Cool rogue library post.
December 10, 2016: I added these tool window bars to my post on tools as ornamentation.
December 3, 2016. I added a number of photos to my post on Martin Metal after a visit with Metal’s back-fence neighbor Barry Wagner.
December 3, 2016: I added a photo of the latest installation by Julie Partos on Webster Street to my existing post on her and her work.
December 3, 2016: Colleen Neff sent me a photo of a newly painted garage door on Poplar, replacing an elegant architectural painting. I added it to my doors post and am inspired to redo my treatment of garage doors in general.
December 3, 2016: A great and bright new fence of doors on 8th street, which I added to my post on fences/walls.
December 3, 2016: Another mermaid! Added to my Mermaids of Berkeley post.
November 24, 2016: I added this trick of the eye dog that Colleen Neff spotted and photographed to my existing post on dogs and cats.
November 13, 2016: Lisa Bullwinkel wrote and gave me the background on the mosaic traffic barriers on Ashby along with three new photos. I added them to the fire hydrant/traffic barrier post.
November 12, 2016: I added four photos to my post on rogue little free libraries. Three are of unofficial, unsanctioned libraries I found after the original post. The DONATIONS photo illustrates our oppositional nature. When a downtown organization tired to redirect donations from the homeless to a clearing house, we responded by putting our donations on top of the box, where the homeless could take them. We are Berkeley!
November 12, 2016: I added this cairn to my post on Berkeley rocks.
October 31, 2016: The muralist Stefen sent me a photograph of his latest mural, at the new restaurant Buona Vita, 2114 Shattuck. I added it to my post on Stefen’s 40-year Berkeley mural career.
October 28, 2016: My original post on Marion Fredman and her objet trouve art along Oakridge Path (behind Tunnel Road) relied in large part on my not-so-great iPhone photographs. On a recent visit, I was able to get some much better photographs which I have swapped in to the post.
October 23, 2016: I introduced readers to The Professor, a street wire artist, in my post on Julie Partos and her sidewalk installations on Webster below College. Her kitchen is filled with The Professor’s work. I saw him throughout the summer of 2016 working in the northeast corner of the Solano Avenue. Earlier this month I saw him on College between Webster and Ashby and took these photos, which I added to the Partos post.
October 23, 2016: I added this photograph of Hercules to my post on pre-Christian religious iconography, heroes section. His struggles made Hercules the perfect embodiment of an idea the Greeks called pathos, the experience of virtuous struggle and suffering which would lead to fame and immortality.
October 15, 2016: In my post on Bungalow Courts, I mention my simpler-life fantasy of living in one, and then mention an Alice Kahn column a remember where she describes a fantasy of s simpler life in an apartment above a Chinese restaurant – or so I remembered. I saw her in Andronico’s, the first time in almost 30 years. We recognized each other. My daughter took this photo which i have added to the Bungalow post.
September 25, 2016: Colleen Neff and I visited the UFO house on Vine Street a second time and she took more photos that I added to the original post.
September 17, 2016: I added two photos from Conny Bleul’s front yard on Marin to my post on quirky gardens.
September 17, 2016: I found and photographed a new roof deal and added it to the post called Up On The Roof.
September 17, 2016: Mark Olivier’s beach trash art on Colusa is not a static presentation. Pieces come and pieces go. I add photos of two new pieces to my existing post on Olivier, a post which I see needs some production values improvement. Will do.
September 10, 2016: Jennifer MacDougall sent me this photo. She took a copy of Quirky Berkeley to her friend Judith Buist. Buist is the sculptor who made the Dog and Angel bench sculpture at 1328 Walnut. Buist happened to open the book to the page with a photo of her bench.
September 10, 2014: After publishing my post on the first-floor murals at Cloyne Court, I got the type of guidance I asked for in the post and was able to identify several murals that had been mysteries to me.
September 4, 2016: I added this shout-out from Found Magazine to my post on Darwin the Retrieving Cat. Go Darwin! You made it to the big time. You deserve it.
September 3, 2016: Fred sent me another one, from Pegasus on Solano. I am a big fan of Lewis and Cometbus. Good company!
August 28, 2016: My friend Fred Ross sent me this photo from Books Inc.
Hey – THAT’S ME! Hope to see you there October 25th.
August 27, 2016: So, how did Darwin the retrieving cat of Berkeley cope with his new fame? I updated his post to report on his dealings with sudden fame.
As the clicks and likes and shares poured in, Darwin took it all in stride. He assured anyone who would listen that he was the same old Darwin.
In the long run, success may spoil Darwin. But at least in his first week of fame, he has kept it real.
August 18, 2016: I added this lovely bungalow court to my bungalow court post. I added them because (a) they are lovely and (b) the Axis of Evil is hoping to demolish them and replace with many more units with a seemingly complete lack of design sense. Oh dear.
August 13, 2016: This is a stretch – but I am KING and I say it’s in.
In 2015 I visited Robert Regan. I took a number of American literature classes from him at the University of Pennsylvania. He changed my life.
He lived in Berkeley in the 1960s and while here bought this piece by Tyler Hoare of Snoopy in the Bay fame.
Dr. Regan died in July. My world was better for him. And so here I have added this photo to my post about Lanesplitter and quirky dolls.
August 8, 2016: At the book launch party on Friday, August 5th, I learned that Bruce Dodd had a Mark Olivier piece – “American Bristle Bison” – in the garden below the giant orange. Olivier was at the party – on the left in this photo, Dodd on the right. I add the photo to my post on Olivier.
August 7, 2016: Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe at 4801 Hollis is hip Emeyrville at its finest.
Along the western wall of the cafe is a long thin case with several dozen Barbie-like “I am Rudy” dolls. I added a few of these photos to my post on Lanesplitter Pizza and their action figures just cuz. Not in Berkeley, but – close – and – cool.
August 7, 2016: Birds on the corner of Dana and Parker, added to my post on painted birds. Anthony Bruce sent me to this corner. Thanks.
August 7, 2016: We were looking for a painted door that doesn’t exist anymore and found another horseshoe to add to the collection in my wild west post.
August 6: Evy Kavaler and John Lau took their Walnut Street bench from theory to reality – so I added it to my bench post. There are a couple more pieces of quirk in their front yard that are relatively new to the scene.
The new bench makes three for the 1300 block of Walnut – quirky strong! And the sculpture and wall-climber up the block’s quirky quotient. Nice work.
August 1: My quirky and clever friend Jay Jurisich sent me this photo of the trees outside the North Berkeley library. I added it to my Quirky Gardens post.
July 23, 2016: I insert this photo from the Thunder Mountain Monument in Imlay, Nevada, into my post on quirky dolls.
July 18, 2016: Eni Green sent me this photo of a doxie-themed little free library that she has added to her doxie-themed front yard of her Harper Street doxie-themed home. I added it to the post about her, observing that I have failed to update the post with many more photos I have. Must do!
July 17, 2016: Jay Claiborne sent this photo from the corner of Cedar and McGee. Although it is not exactly ROYGBIV, I added it to my rainbow post.
July 16, 2016: I added this stunning photograph of Ludwig the dog in his fountain with Robin Permantle in the mid 1960s to my post on Ludwig’s Fountain.