Saturday, January 20, 2007

New Aerial Tram in Portland takes Bikes

We're looking forward to using this tram on next visit to OHSU in Portland.

Monday, January 15, 2007

"The Mentally Ill, Behind Bars" (from NYT)

Fascinating data appeared today in a New York Times Op-Ed by Bernard E. Harcourt of the University of Chicago. The data illustrate major twentieth-century trends:
  • De-institutionalization (1958-1980) and re-institutionalization (1982-2000)
  • Drop in the numbers in mental hospitals
  • Increasing numbers in prison since 1980
Harcourt frames these data by asking the question: "Why did we diagnose deviance in such radically different ways over the course of the 20th century?"

Saturday, January 13, 2007

My next gig: Love Bites

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Love Bites is one of our biggest and funnest concerts of the year! Contact Michael if you want to join him in the audience for the show. Here's some more info from the chorus:

Emceed by LGCSF soprano Carolyn Eidson, the chorus performs selections that run the gamut, from the 70-year-old Broadway tune “Down With Love” to Tom Lehrer’s catchy ditty “I Got It From Agnes” to the “Neighbors’ Chorus” from the comic opera La Jolie Parfumeuse. LGCSF is proud to showcase the world premiere of “Your New Stupid Boyfriend,” written by Bay Area composer Jack Curtis Dubowsky.

Under the direction of Stephanie Lynne Smith and featuring original “choralography” by Kirk Johnson, “Love Bites” is a unique experience, where depravity and fun go hand in hand. Both evenings feature a variety of solo, duet, and group performances and will include a 50/50 raffle. Concessions are available for a donation. Saturday night features a live auction. Don’t miss this event!

Tickets are $15 to $30 general admission, sliding scale, and may be purchased directly from the Theatre Rhino box office, 415-861-5079 or online at

Monday, January 01, 2007

It's 2007!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On this morning's bike ride I stopped at Folsom Street to snap the fog on the bay below the Bay Bridge. Later in the afternoon Michael and I watched the sunset at Ocean Beach:
Some highlights of 2006:
March: Iwan helped me to get my new Vaio laptop; I started Stormy Petrel blog and the fun began.
April: Michael gave the Marie Equi/earthquake talk in SF...the laptop worked.
May: We traveled to Portland and Michael presented the Doctor Train. The laptop worked again, by remote this time!
June: Laurie and Markus had their wedding in Seattle.
July: My nephew Ian visited us in SF with my Mom and Dad. I was in three performances of Group Therapy at the Raven Theatre in Chicago with LGCSF.
August: I escape the heat in the US to visit Guatemala and deliver medical and school supplies with Rainbow World Fund.
September: I started Dale's Scene blog
October: San Francisco had another heat wave, and then I began my new job at the California Endowment.
November: 2 words: Nancy Pelosi.
Farewell, 2006. I'll miss you, Grandma Danley, and Audrey.

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