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Improve Rather Than Move

By Ed Attanasio, published on Sep 23, 2010

Homeowners in San Francisco are improving their homes instead of selling them. In this market, adding value to your house, apartment or condo is a sage decision, because once the economy rebounds, your residence will be worth more and more attractive to buyers if and when you’re ready to make a move.

Real estate agents are always pushing, pushing pushing--sell, sell, sell. Well, that might have been a good idea a few years ago, but right now the smart people are staying in their homes, especially in San Francisco, where home values haven't plummeted like they have in the rest of the... (more)

Tags: san francisco, what smart people are saying, the city by the bay

Maury Wills Stole the League

By Ed Attanasio, published on Sep 17, 2010

Maury Wills was a switch-hitting batter, slick fielding shortstop, base stealing phenomenon who played prominently with the Los Angeles Dodgers(1959–66, 1969–72) and also with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1967–68) and Montreal Expos (1969). He was an essential component of the Dodgers' championship teams in the mid-1960s, and deserves much credit for reviving the stolen base as part of baseball strategy. In a 14-season career, Wills batted .281 with 20 home runs, 458 runs batted in, 2,134 hits, 1,067 runs, 177 doubles, 71 triples, and 586 stolen bases in 1942 games. He is a seven-time all-star and... (more)

Tags: Sandy Koufax, los angeles dodgers, maury wills, walter alston, don drysdale, stolen bases

Chrissy Angliker: A Hot Artist on the Rise

By Ed Attanasio, published on Sep 12, 2010

Things are looking up for Painter Chrissy Angliker, to say the least. Within the last year, the Brooklyn-based Swiss artist has received numerous accolades about her paintings on influential blogs, in galleries and from big names such as AOL and the Government of Switzerland. It’s a product of her amazing artistic abilities, her hard work and the simple act of displaying her images on the Web, she said.

“I was reluctant for quite some time to put my paintings on the Internet,” Angliker explained. “But when I did, I was very surprised and pleased with the results. Blogs started writing... (more)

Tags: san francisco, chrissy angliker, amelia hyde gallery, swiss artist

Gift Cards: Rip-Off Report

By Ed Attanasio, published on Aug 27, 2010

We got married last year and many of our friends gave us bank gift cards. What a scam! During this recession, banks are looking for new streams of revenue, including higher credit card fees, higher interest rates and late fees up the yahoo and now I’ve discovered that gift cards are another way to stick it to the consumer.

If you want to give someone a gift card, why not opt for cash? It spends easier and you won’t get saddled with silly fees. The #1 set of fees devised by the bank geniuses are the non-usage ones. There is a time limit with each card—some offer one year or even less—and... (more)

Tags: scam, gift cards, excess fees, visa, american express

We're All Dying Dogs

By Ed Attanasio, published on Aug 19, 2010

My friend’s dog has cancer and it’s inoperable. A 4-year old beautiful animal now suddenly has a remaining life consisting of months rather than years. The dog has no idea and she’s happy as always--playing and jumping around like nothing is amiss. It’s so sad, because dogs are getting cancer more and more each year. Our toxic environment is attacking the systems of these pets that don’t have anything close to the immune systems we have. If more and more dogs are dying from cancer at young ages, what does the future hold for us? Get ready, human race. Like the amusing t-shirt that spoofs the... (more)

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Should Gil Hodges Be in the Hall of Fame?

By Ed Attanasio, published on Aug 18, 2010

I recently wrote about Lefty O’Doul, a San Francisco baseball legend who deserves be in the Hall of Fame, I believe. Another player/manager who should be in the HOF is the late Gil Hodges. His statistics and contributions to the game as a manager and as a role model make him more than merely a candidate. The Marina has a connection to Hodges, because Gil Hodges III, Gil’s grandson, is well-known in the neighborhood as a co-owner of Liverpool Lil’s. Gilbert Hodges played first base primarily for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was the major leagues' outstanding first baseman in the... (more)

Tags: gil hodges, ed's sports corner, marina times, galileo high school football, russell baze

Old Comics Never Die!

By Ed Attanasio, published on Aug 17, 2010

This year marks the 30th annual presentation of the world’s first outdoor comedy concert. That’s right, Comedy Day is turning 30, but you can trust that it will continue to bring five hours of funny to Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 19. The free event features 40 comedians on one stage in a non-stop relay of jokes.

This year’s lineup, a combination of up-and-coming talent, national and Bay Area favorites, and a cadre of comedians who first performed during Comedy Day’s early ‘80s infancy, includes: Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Ammiano, Diane Amos,... (more)

Tags: san francisco, golden gate park, dr. gonzo, comedy day

Ed's Sports Corner

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jul 21, 2010

Women’s Soccer in Our Own Front Yard

Last year, I went to a fundraiser for the San Francisco Nighthawks of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). It was a poker event and most of the soccer players fleeced me. These women can play soccer at a high level and some of them are quite adept at Texas Hold ‘Em as well! Many of them played soccer at major colleges and now pursue their aspirations of playing at the professional level. The WPSL is an independent national amateur league with more than 50 teams. Soccer stars like Brandi Chastain and Sissi play for the California Storm, the Nighthawks’... (more)

Tags: san francisco club, san francisco women's soccer, nighthawks

Interview with Richard Little -- The Man of a Thousand Voices

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jul 16, 2010

On August 8th, Impressionist Rich Little will be one of the panelists featured at Comedy Talks, a series of conversations by comedians about comedy and their careers. We talked to Rich about his many years on the stage, some of the highlight and lowlights and asked him about his current project, a one-man show in which he plays Jimmy Stewart.

Q: What advice would you offer to young comedians or comic actors?

A: They’re different types of standup comedy. What I do is basically tell jokes. Many of the comics today tell anecdotes and real-life stories, and I always tell jokes with... (more)

Tags: san francisco, comedy talks, rich little

Tammy Nelson: The Role of Her Life

By Ed Attanasio, published on Jun 29, 2010

As the starring lead in the most successful live music revue in the history of mankind, Tammy Nelson is tickled to be on the stage at Club Fugazi in North Beach five nights a week playing a wide range of colorful characters for Beach Blanket Babylon, the show that was created by the late Steve Silver in San Francisco over 36 years ago.

But, the role of her life didn’t happen easily or overnight, Nelson said, because she worked as an understudy backing up the original long-time lead, Val Diamond, for 17 years before assuming the major lead in BBB last summer. It’s been a long road and... (more)

Tags: tammy nelson, beach blanket babylon

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