I've seen the promised land, and it's just what you'd imagine -- free food and drinks and monogrammed M&Ms. I can never go back to the cheap seats again.
After years of court fights and tree people, football season is underway in Cal's new $321 million stadium. Every seat is a good one, but the VIP section is like the Forbidden City. High above the bellowing masses, on Club Level 8, these people have cocktails and sushi and plush, chair-back seats. These people even have cupcakes.
This is how a person should watch college football and it's why I can never go back to bench seats again. I can't. I won't.
Email bag: Labor Day kicks off fall block party season -- a time to break bread with your neighbors.
But man cannot live by bread alone, which is why we have a wine and cheese table, which is always a huge hit. (Of course, it helps to have the owner of Farmstead Cheeses and Wines as your neighbor.) Block parties seem to promote neighborhood pride. Folks with a sense of community often do things like plant flowers in their yard. It's something reader Vicki Vrankovich wishes she'd see more often in Oakland.
Let's make this a reminder that even the simple act of sweeping and sprucing up the outside your home can brighten the neighborhood.
Around town: Nine out of 10 Montclair visitors don't know we have a bike trail behind the Village,
'APPLE SOCKS': It's apple season. Are you letting worms eat your bounty? Glenview reader Laura Thomas says next spring, dress your apple buds with old socks. She and Merritt College biologist Clytia Montllor Curley collected dozens of socks this last spring and draped them around the baby apples on Thomas' trees. "From the distance," Thomas says, "the trees look as though they have exotic large blooms on them. Up close they look like "apple socks!" Whatever you call them, she says they protect your apples from worms and from bruises when they fall to the ground.
Animal tales: Actually, it's more like fox tales.
At least three adult foxes have been spotted in recent days near Holy Names University. Crafty and cunning, they go after small animals, so please keep your pussycats inside at night.