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Sky Kat August 26, 2013 at 11:23 am
Alicia, I love this! I wondered why these offenders were there too. And can the theater contact theRead More customer those seats were sold to? A polite note that those actions are not appropriate... Another question is what happened to basic etiquette and is it a cultural thing?
Claudia Cruz August 26, 2013 at 02:09 pm
Thanks Alicia! This was definitely unfortunate. Why can't people disconnect and just enjoy a goodRead More how?
Office delivery
Claudia Cruz August 6, 2013 at 03:59 pm
I'm glad this service is around (even though I've yet to try it). As a NYer, I was so used toRead More delivery services and was disappointed that many places don't deliver here.
Claudia Cruz April 3, 2013 at 09:51 pm
I saw a food truck in the parking lot of St. Joseph's Church on Monday. I wonder it anyone minded? IRead More also saw a food truck last Thursday serving at the Central Park apartment complex. I agree that food trucks would be great in MV. I'd love to try different foods not served in the city. There's plenty of cuisines not represented on Castro that a food truck would conveniently provide.
Alicia C. March 8, 2013 at 08:39 pm
I see you, Claudia!
Claudia Cruz March 8, 2013 at 10:58 pm
I'm a pretty fast driver and I tend to pass slow drivers all the time. But it's usually not aboutRead More the car.
Birgit Starmanns March 10, 2013 at 07:36 pm
I agree with Claudia, it's not about the car. The one thing that does scare me about a Prius isRead More something that I witnessed in my neighborhood - when the engine is not engaged, it makes zero sound, and the children in the neighborhood can't hear it coming. Which is probably off topic here, but is my only reaction to electric cars in general.
Ellen Wheeler November 27, 2012 at 02:22 pm
Great post, Alicia. Thanks.
Leane November 27, 2012 at 05:42 pm
Great article and so true! Excellent customer service -especially in a small biz - should be theRead More norm.
Ken Rosenberg November 27, 2012 at 07:28 pm
Good points all. It reminds me that everything we do is about RELATIONSHIP. From our friends andRead More neighbors and family members to our colleagues and coworkers...and especially our clients and customers, it's always about the relationship. One can tolerate bad performance every now and again if the relationship is strong. If not, you're operating on product alone. And that's not a good idea for the long run.
Ann Grabowski November 8, 2012 at 12:13 am
I think you are intelligent, witty, and beautiful; listed in order of importance. Bravo Alicia.Read More You are an exceptional woman.
Cygnet Girl November 8, 2012 at 12:15 am
You are an asset to the community. Don't ever stop doing what you love and being such a vital partRead More of the rich diversity of Mountain View. Keep up the great work, and ignore stupid people with stupid comments. Not worth the energy.
Claudia Cruz November 12, 2012 at 09:10 pm
Thanks for writing this Alicia. Whether it's weight or looks, it's important to get out there andRead More (1) not care what people think and (2) do what we love (trust me, I have my days too!). You are a such a role-model for the community and for me, which is why I've gravitated to you in my short time in Cali. All I can say is that if Oprah did it, you can too! Forget everybody else!
Claudia Cruz October 4, 2012 at 03:59 am
It is interesting Alicia how different the two cities are, but at the same time have so much inRead More common. They share El Camino Real, school children at the elementary and high school level, and the El Camino Hospital district. I watched the forum and also learned a lot.
L.A. Chung October 6, 2012 at 07:00 pm
You were a fabulous moderator, Alicia, and I've had a number of people mention to me that theyRead More enjoyed the forum. For those who missed it, you can view it on KMVT's Youtube channel: http://patch.com/B-cy0f Or, cable subscribers, wait for a rebroadcast and consult times on KMVT15.org. Here's a shortened url that takes your directly to KMVT's program schedule page: http://patch.com/bvdUV
Alicia C. October 6, 2012 at 09:47 pm
LA, Thanks for the feedback. You did great as well. I was impressed by your passion for the LosRead More Altos community. i didn't realize that you grew up there. :)
Laura Macias September 30, 2012 at 06:35 pm
At the last city council meeting, I asked what was being done regarding ped, bike safety esp aroundRead More auto traffic. City Manager responded to me that we, city council should see a staff report about the trafficin about two weeks. I intend to agendize the topic of traffic safety so we can start talking about short and long term solutions. Am thinking slowing cars down and better lighting as needed as a start.
Claudia Cruz September 30, 2012 at 07:11 pm
R.L.H., you might have noticed the work being down on California and Escuela. Soon there will be aRead More definite left green turn signal there: http://patch.com/A-snj3 Hopefully that help!
Claudia Cruz September 30, 2012 at 07:13 pm
Thanks for the comment Councilwoman Macias. I will certainly follow-up on this as traffic,Read More congestion and accidents appear to be something people are concern about.
Ellen Wheeler September 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm
Thanks for this terrific report, Alicia. You helped me feel like I was there, too. You sound like aRead More responsible delegate and I'm glad you could represent our area.
randy albin July 16, 2012 at 03:11 pm
go to campaign headquarters and work the phones for your candidate. does this mean that you wouldRead More meet other singles? also, try doing this for candidates from the smaller groups like independents, the whig party, etc. try anythings, just get out there and circulate yourself around somewhere...
Claudia Cruz July 16, 2012 at 09:37 pm
I love your advice Randy! Circulate yourself! It does make sense that someone would find a partnerRead More in a like-minded circle. Alicia! Whatever happens in NC, have him move to the Bay Area! You don't need to leave! :-)
randy albin May 2, 2012 at 05:23 pm
what a drag to continually be an adult single in the silicon valley. my dream is to be zuckerbergRead More and do what i want when i want to. there must be something better than what this is
Claudia Cruz May 3, 2012 at 09:49 pm
Ha! Zuckerberg definitely had a dream to be better than the rest and he's accomplished that forRead More sure.
Claudia Cruz May 3, 2012 at 09:53 pm
I'm with you Alicia! I've lived in five states and two foreign countries, and I'd consider uprootingRead More myself again. However, this area has a lot to offer (maybe not in terms of buying a home for some of us) but the climate makes it appealing to stay. And like you said, it's important to meet certain basics like housing, food and reasonable entertainment. After that, the rest is gravy. I mean, money doesn't follow you into the grave (unless you were an Egyptian king or queen). So, maybe my American Dream is the one I'm living now?!?! Who knows!
Diana Bautista April 1, 2012 at 09:27 pm
Awesome article. Growing up, my friends were all friends. But, I remember thinking how manyRead More different "worlds" I lived in. I think "circles" is a better word. But, I always think "does this friend fit in in this other "world" of mine?" Weird, I know. And then when you do meet someone, the inevitable thinking of having to introduce them and will they fit? You're right- give it time. Don't offer feedback right away. Just be yourself.
Claudia Cruz April 2, 2012 at 01:10 am
I definitely have different circles and it's special when the circles can overlap. But yes, it'sRead More nice to hover like a butterfly over them! I'm sure and I have been called a "social butterfly" at one point or another. I will say that the more mature I get, the better I am at letting people into any circle. I have good friends, great friends in fact, and I know who will disturb the nice ecosystems I try to maintain and develop.
randy albin April 2, 2012 at 06:02 pm
if you are middle aged and you are still single, well, that is a bit of a no-no. there areRead More statistics about if you haven't gotten married by a certain age-well you can figure out what this is all saying. even if you're not bad looking-maybe you people know more about the dating scene, etc. these are good articles. let's just go somewhere with all of this or else everything just stays the same...
Claudia Cruz February 24, 2012 at 06:56 pm
I love the cooking and home decorating reality television shows. But my favorite ever is The AmazingRead More Race. I want to apply in the future, but I looked at the waivers and was scared off. You could really get injured! And yes, I'll admit to watching Basketball Wives and the Real Housewives series. It's so easy to get hooked. I've never watched Jersey Shore! I refuse.
Alicia C. February 29, 2012 at 03:50 am
I'm finding Fat Chef rather intriguing.
Diana Bautista January 25, 2012 at 01:52 pm
Awesome Article Alicia!! It's definitely a two-way street with social media. Your friends must beRead More as addicted to social media as you are. ;) I know I am! Your article is two-part, I think. The social media was Absolutely the most useful, keeping everyone in the loop without having to do a phone tree. Text messages are quick ways to communicate. But, what I love was the personal face-to-face interaction that you got too. Sometimes, nothing tops a hug. HUGS to you!
Alicia C. January 26, 2012 at 09:53 pm
I have a Google+ account because all the cool kids were getting one. Honestly, I haven't allottedRead More time to get to know it better, mainly because I'm pretty happy with FB. I'm also resisting the need to be on every platform out there :)
Alicia C. January 26, 2012 at 09:54 pm
Diana, thanks for being one of my angels during the ordeal!
randy albin December 1, 2011 at 07:17 pm
the singles scene around mountain view really needs to improve. forget the singles matches online.Read More it's holiday time-get your singles selves out there and meet more singles!
Alicia C. December 3, 2011 at 12:24 am
Update: the original Craigslist post was flagged and removed, but ended up on the Best OfRead More Craigslist: http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/sfo/2703020265.html He also has a Twitter account: HolidayBF That's what I call determination!
Claudia Cruz December 5, 2011 at 07:12 pm
Being single during the holidays is definitely a bummer, but mostly because there are so many eventsRead More and it feels not very cool to show up alone. But I do see some benefits to it! Benefits: (1) I'm a good conversationalist, so whether its sports, politics or reality tv shows, I can keep a mind intrigued and interested. (2) I'm mature and won't get caught up in feelings. It's just temporary! (3) I can dance to pretty much anything. (4) I can make a great party date (along the lines of Diana's comment up above). Requirements: (1) Must be okay with hand-holding or interlocking arms. That's so romantic!. (2) Must be clean-shaven and own a pair of dress shoes. I'm okay with jeans and shoes but not jeans and sneakers if we go out. (3) Must be fun and witty. Are those too many requirements for a temporary romance?
Diana Bautista November 16, 2011 at 08:14 pm
Awww- very well written! I could only hope that if I were miles away from my family, that I wouldRead More have friends like that who would welcome me into the fold. :D
Claudia Cruz November 23, 2011 at 03:30 am
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year because of the opportunity to spend it with lovedRead More ones. However, like you Alicia, sometimes I find myself far away from my family, but fortunately someone somewhere "adopts" me for Thanksgiving. I've spent Thanksgiving in New Hampshire (we made popovers that year), in Ohio playing euchre (first time ever!) and this will be my first one in California. I look forward to the new experience.
randy albin January 24, 2012 at 06:14 pm
there must be better alternatives to online dating sites. singles have it tough. let's give singlesRead More the breaks we deserve and get out and meet one another
Diana Bautista November 8, 2011 at 02:47 pm
I've met SO many fabulous people who have still remained friends. And, it's true- political clubsRead More are a great way to meet like-minded folks with whom you know you have certain things in common. Great post!
Claudia Cruz November 9, 2011 at 04:18 pm
I definitely have had great political debates with great people, but alas! As a reporter/editor itsRead More frowned upon to join political groups. But the question is, are there single men???
Alicia C. November 9, 2011 at 08:08 pm
Why, yes, there are single men. They usually ended up being younger than me (college or just out ofRead More college).
Alicia C. October 26, 2011 at 07:55 pm
ah urban city living :) In Detroit, i've never seen anyone's house TP'd, but cars were anotherRead More story.
L.A. Chung November 1, 2011 at 04:44 pm
It was an odd thing to go out last night with the little ones, and running across houses that wereRead More decorated so beautifully, the porch lights on, and lights in the back of the house lit ... then to go up and ring the doorbell and having no answer. It felt like bait and switch.
Alicia C. November 1, 2011 at 06:51 pm
Now that I don't like at all! you're right, it is bait and switch...and just kinda wrong!
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