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The Wandering Vet Knows His Pets

By Ed Attanasio, published on Feb 14, 2011

If there’s one thing Dr. Adam Behrens of the Wandering Vet in San Francisco would like pet parents to know it’s that continuing preventative care can save your pet’s life. It seems like common sense but too often this vet has seen a life cut short by this subtle, even unintended form of neglect.

Yes, Rover may get long walks and treats every day and Kitty may have clean litter and plenty of brushings and plenty of catnip, but serious pet care takes more than guesswork and good intentions. It’s easy to avoid taking a pet to the doctor especially if it’s an unpleasant experience all around.... (more)

Tags: pets, pet preventative care

Chicks On Bikes: Doin' It Right!

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jan 29, 2011

There’s been an on-going love affair between women and motorcycles ever since the first day one jumped on a bike more than 100 years ago. The ladies covet the freedom of the road just like the men do, but with their own style and panache.

Author/photographer/rider Christina Shook has published a beautiful book titled Chicks on Bikes. It contains 156 pages and 140 photos and features stories about more than 30 female riders from a wide range of different worlds. Essays describing different aspects of riding kick off each section of the book, with titles like Sisterhood, Style, Risk, Journey,... (more)

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Comedy Stays in the Family

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jan 5, 2011

It’s a family affair when it comes to doing standup comedy in the Applebaum’s household. Jeff and his son Josh, 14, will be hitting the stage at Paws for Laughter on January 15th at Fort Mason Center’s Southside Theater to raise money for SF’s Rocket Dog Rescue.

Jeff Applebaum is a New York native who has finally figured out how to speak English after living in California for 19 years, he explained. Jeff’s 100% clean comedy act revolves around his unique life experiences, including being the only white kid on his Little League team in Queens, having a Chinese wife who orders from take-out... (more)

Tags: san francisco, paws for laughter, steven pearl, fort mason center, rocket dog rescue, jeff applebaum, josh applebaum

Paws for Laughter

By Ed Attanasio, published on Dec 15, 2010

Paws for Laughter is a Comedy Standup Fundraiser for San Francisco’s Rocket Dog Rescue, to be held on Saturday night, January 15th, 8 pm at Fort Mason’s Southside Theater in San Francisco and starring co-headliners Jeff Applebaum and Steven Pearl. Also appearing are Josh Applebaum, Coree Spencer, Max Curry, Sam Obeid and special guests. Tickets are $30 each and available by calling (415) 994-5335 or buying online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Doors open at 7 pm.

Steven Pearl is a well-respected comedian whose been compared to a tornado on hyper drive. His high-energy comedy act is both... (more)

Tags: dogs, paws for laughter, steven pearl, fort mason center, rocket dog rescue, pali boucher, jeff applebaum, josh applebaum.

Can You Defend Yourself?

By Ed Attanasio, published on Dec 3, 2010

About a month ago, I encountered an angry individual at San Francisco's Fort Mason Park. His unleashed mutt sprinted toward my leashed pooch, and heated words were exchanged. In an instant, he was in my face. He looked like the boxer Butterbean (see photo) and he must have had me by three inches and at least 120 lbs. Blows seemed imminent, but the moment was diffused when my dog started barking. My adrenalin was off the scale, but afterwards I thought, what would I have done if that guy had tried to hit me? I’ve been in a total of two fights in my life both in my college fraternity days at... (more)

Tags: san francisco, boxing, simone nightmare redmond, polk street gym

Tony Malinosky is the Oldest MLB Player on the Planet

By Ed Attanasio, published on Nov 13, 2010

I’m writing a baseball book called Chasing Greats (McFarland Publishing 2011 release) featuring my 20-plus interviews with the oldest living MLB players. I dragged my feet for several months when it came to traveling south to Oxnard to interview the oldest living baseball player. He's 101 years old and is name Tony Malinosky. One night my wife said, “You better get down there and interview this guy. If he dies while you’re sitting here, it it’ll mess up your book.” (With so many retired players out there, there’s only one who’s 101.) She’s right, I thought. So I called Malinosky’s house (actually... (more)

Tags: richard nixon, tony malinosky, oldest living baseball player, brooklyn dodgers, tommy lasorda

Absolutely San Francisco

By Ed Attanasio, published on Nov 1, 2010

A crazy homeless woman goes on a journey to tell her life story and in the process we learn more about San Francisco and ourselves in a humorous and poignant way. Former Second City actress and Karen Hirst gives an amazing performance as Sunshine the Homeless Lady and plays four other fascinating characters in Absolutely San Francisco, a one-woman musical comedy that’s about lost love and the San Francisco experience. The engrossing book and catchy lyrics by Producer Anne Doherty will make you laugh and cry while delving into the historical, political and emotional underpinnings San Francisco.

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Has He Used Up His 15 Minutes?

By Ed Attanasio, published on Oct 10, 2010

Larry Bubbles Brown is a San Francisco based standup comedian who holds the record of appearing on David Letterman’s Late Night Show twice 20 years apart. Some call this “longevity” while others have labeled it as “pathetically hanging on”. Either way, Bubbles is a comedy icon in San Francisco, one of the old-timers who have survived in a tough game for almost 30 years, working Bay Area comedy clubs, one-nighters and Las Vegas high-paying gigs and working with great SF names like Rob Schneider, Booby Slaton and Dana Carvey.

Brown has appeared on over 25 TV shows, appeared several times... (more)

Tags: san francisco, larry bubbles brown, stand up comic

20 Minutes with a Tennis Legend

By Ed Attanasio, published on Oct 4, 2010

I had a chance to talk with Martina Navratilova for 20 minutes the other day to plug an upcoming charity fundraiser starring Martina and Gigi Fernandez. I called her in Paris and at first I thought oops--maybe I caught her on a bad day.

“You’re late,” she said.

(I was exactly one minute late—I forgot to dial the international code. So, I did what I always do—diffuse an awkward moment with some humor)

“I write for a publication called The Marina Times in San Francisco, and my editor told me that if I can get a good interview with you, maybe they can change the name to The... (more)

Tags: martina navratilova, 30 for 30 espn, team tennis, chirs evert, professional tennis

Great Vets Save Lives Every Day

By Ed Attanasio, published on Sep 24, 2010

My little Chihuahua mix Ratdog was evidently not feeling well one evening in August. Initially, we just thought the deaf little yapper had indigestion. But, when he couldn’t walk the next morning, things become serious rather quickly.

“Call the vet right now!” my wife exclaimed. But, our normal vet had a full schedule, so we jumped online. The first name we found when Googling was the San Francisco Pet Hospital on Fulton Street. “Can we bring our dog down immediately?” we inquired and they said “Yes!”Luckily an appointment fell through, and we were able to race the ailing mutt to the... (more)

Tags: veterinarians, pet hospitals

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