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Friend Without a Facebook

Friend Without a Facebook

Did you see The Social Network? Jesse Eisenberg plays Harvard undergrad Mark Zuckerberg, on the brink of founding the Facebook phenomenon, as a snarky, sarcastic, and rude narcissist, peering out a the world with cold-eyed disdain. When his girlfriend dumps him, all he can think of is rushing back to the dorm to go online and have his revenge. Nowadays, we call this online bullying. In 2003, it was the birth of a $41 billion empire.

I have no idea whether this portrait of Mark Zuckerberg is in any way true or accurate. But I've always found something a little creepy about the Borg-like stealth of Facebook and the way everyone needs to plug in, hook up, and drop out of real life. Resistance is futile, all right; every time I delete one invitation to join FB out of my inbox, six more pop up in its place.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor

Fiona Apple once said: “There aren't many poster children for cool angst.” I just say: “Thanks for the angst.” (Trust me—it’s easier to embrace it sometimes than fight it.) So ... it’s that time of year. again. Welcome! Welcome to your opportunity to get the heck out of your own way and everybody else’s for that matter. I’m not sure about you, but this year rushed by at a feverish pace. Death. Deadlines. More deadlines, and, in between, too many stories—quite a few that were uplifting—that filtered into the mix. But we’re far from being done with 2010. Which is why this week’s cover story seems truly appropriate. It revolves around AIDS. This week, our GT writer asks: Has AIDS become the forgotten epidemic?  Thirty years after AIDS stormed onto the scene, and after major medical advances to treat HIV, has this disease slipped out of public awareness? In a compelling read, with insights from locals involved with Santa Cruz AIDS Project, as well as longtime Assemblyman John Laird, and others, learn more about where we, as a society, are at with the illness. The story begins on page 16.

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Local Talk

What are the three necessary components to a successful long-term relationship?

What are the three necessary components to a successful long-term relationship?

Trust, honesty and laughter.
Carolyn Jackson
Santa Cruz | Articulation Officer


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Opinion

‘So Far, I’m Immortal’

‘So Far, I’m Immortal’

Thanksgiving is always a good time to take stock of your luck. At the table, many families take turns relating something to be grateful for. In such a shared setting, we usually talk about nice things in the world that we can all be thankful for: friends and family, roofs over our heads, California weather, Smartwool socks, anyone who makes the political landscape look less bleak or at least funny, the rise of the American microbrew.

This year, I felt thankful for something of a more selfish nature. I was thankful for being alive, because I recently realized the odds were against me. And I suspect that if you did the math, you would feel the same.

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Astrology

Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness

December is dedicated to Advent, Catholic Latin word “adventus” meaning “(something’s coming”)—winter solstice, sun turning northward, new light, birth of the holy child, revelation). For four weeks we light candles summoning hope in the dark half of the year. Simultaneously, Wednesday evening, Hanukkah, eight-day candle-lighting Jewish festival of lights, begins. Both religious festivals are about preparation, (re)dedication and the kindling of (our) light (hope, promise) within the darkness (of matter).

Friday the U.S. has a Saturn return, 14 Libra (relationship with others). Saturn returns mean strictness, discipline, solitude, hard work, separation and loss of what is no longer useful. And so, as of this writing Drudge Report reports the new Wiki-leaks. Uh oh. Veils of secrecy drop with classified communication (accepted by all nations) released. This will affect relationships (Libra) with other nations. Transparency, although uncomfortable, is needed for the new culture and civilization to emerge. Saturn is both teacher and Dweller on the Threshold. The Dweller shows us past missteps and the Teacher helps us learn lessons. Everyone, everything (even nations) are always in a developmental (learning) stage.

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor

Many of us in California come from somewhere else. California natives? I can count a couple of handfuls that I’ve met just this year. So, during the holidays, inevitably those of us who’ve arrived in California, either searching for new life, new direction, or just following a dream, may find ourselves invited into the family gatherings of other people. That’s not a bad thing at all, but maybe this year, it won’t be such a bad idea to share some of your own family stories. To me, Thanksgiving always conjures up one scenario: My Polish Uncle John hiding an entire platter of Polish dumplings under his chair during the Thanksgiving meal. I couldn’t blame him—I’d always wanted those homemade fluffy, tempting carbs, drizzled with melted butter all to myself too.
(During a recent visit back to Chicago, my mother made some and I quickly devoured a dozen in one sitting.) I’m thankful for those meals and those dumplings—my gut, maybe not so much. All that to say: Eat up this year—consume every vibrant moment with family and friends. And let them know why you are grateful to have them in your life. Let go. Don’t hold on to it. Give it!

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Local Talk

What is Thanksgiving actually a celebration of?

What is Thanksgiving actually  a celebration of?

Thanksgiving in the United States should be a celebration of our abundance and gratitude for all that we have, and our relationships, the beautiful land, plenty of food, water and air—especially if we can figure out ways to distribute all of it to everybody. Everybody should get something.

Joe Sousa

Santa Cruz | Psychotherapist

 

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Astrology

Release of the Feminine

Release of the Feminine

As Above, So Below & Happy Birthday, Findhorn
As the Aquarian Age unfolds, there is a developmental task humanity will recognize as their responsibility (and gift). It is the recognition of and work (co-creation) with the Devic (Angelic Beings of Light) kingdom, the builders of all form on Earth. Working side by side with the devas (this was the original work of the Findhorn Community), humanity begins to identify as the World Disciple, assisting in creating the new rhythms, order, culture and civilization of the new Aquarian Age. Humanity and the devic (angelic) kingdoms are parallel evolutions. The devic kingdom is the feminine (receptive) aspect to humanity, the masculine (radiatory). When an event representing the feminine (Venus direct) occurs in the sky, something occurs here on Earth as well.

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Opinion

Thanksgiving for the Ungrateful

Thanksgiving for the UngratefulLet’s be frank. We should be grateful for so much, every single day of the year, and most of us understand that. In fact, there are plenty of irritating souls among us who, willingly, and without solicitation, share their daily gratitude at the drop of a hat. (Yes, you can be grateful for the sunshine and your smoothie, but keep it to yourself.) And yet, it’s so much easier (and more fun) to whine and mope, isn’t it? Three hundred sixty four days a year we get away with this sour attitude, and we fit right in with almost everyone we know. However, one day a year we are called to task, quite often in public, and suddenly the complaining about your fingernail shape, the color of your living room rug or the annoying personal hygiene of your investment broker no longer fits in with polite conversation. This day is upon us—Happy Thanksgiving.

Lights up on Thanksgiving dinner, a table burdened with delights and surrounded by friends and/or family. Cue background music, something simultaneously calming and festive, with a slight hint of a football game from an adjoining room. Enter the host or hostess, tapping on a glass, with the announcement, “Why don’t we go around the table and share what we’re thankful for this year. Grandpa, why don’t you start?

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Editors Note

From the Editor

From the Editor

Plus Letters to the Editor
One week until we feast on all that Thanksgiving has to offer so, as usual, I feel drawn this time of year to keep asking myself two things: How many thanks am I actually giving? How much giving am I actually doing? Giving—you know, the kind that comes with no strings attached. More on that at another time.

For now, the big giving of the week comes from Santa Cruz City Arts and its annual Artworks Awards for Business Leadership in the arts.  The fourth annual event honors businesses and individuals who “support and build connections between the business and art communities” in Santa Cruz. The ceremony takes place at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at The Museum of Art & History in Downtown Santa Cruz. Ow Family Properties, Hula’s Island Grill and Tiki Room and—what’s this, another honor?—local hero Wallace Baine nab awards. Last year, GT was honored. (Thanks!) And big thanks to the three entities being recognized this year. See you at the event. (Watch coverage later on GTv.) ...

Let’s turn to this week’s issue. Ah ... Bill Cosby. What can you say about the man, the legend. Cosby hits the Santa Cruz Civic Thanksgiving weekend. Recently, GT’s Damon Orion caught up with the personality whose brilliant observances of human behavior—foibles and all—have inspired people for decades. Cosby also opens up about politics and President Obama. Read all about it, beginning on page 14. Send us your thoughts at [email protected]

What’s left? Giving. And thanking. We all have a week to get into that mode. But don’t stop after next Thursday. Giving back to the community is good for you. Try it on for size and watch your entire being sparkle with new possibilities.

OK—that was tres Deepak, but you get the picture. Onward ...

Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief


Letters to the Editor

Not Crafty
Regarding last week’s article in GT, I emailed Amy Sedaris' website after also seeing her featured in Vanity Fair promoting “Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People,” as I thought, in these times of high unemployment, inequitable medical care and foreclosures, such a title was
in very poor taste. I have yet to hear from her or her publisher, but, I can guess, I'm not the only one who finds the title inappropriate. The “poor are always with us,” a familiar refrain of those who live in Amy's financial stratosphere, but if sales are good, maybe she could help refund childcare for working people.
Kathy Cheer
Santa Cruz

Election Fallout
The recent elections will usher in a new Congress, who will be expected to consider the recommendations of the Deficit Reduction Commission. I implore both the Commission and our incoming Congress to have the courage to make real cuts to our military budget instead of sacrificing crucial spending on human needs.
We cannot seriously address the budget deficit without cutting the military budget, which takes up 59 percent of the discretionary budget, and that doesn't account for overruns, including $300 billion above what Congress authorized for various weapons systems in the last five years.
Fifty-five members of Congress recently wrote the commission outlining specific cuts to the military budget, and I truly hope that their advice is heeded. Military spending is out of control and is the best place for the deficit hawks to look for cuts.
Dr. Ann López
Felton


Holiday Deadline
GT offices will be closed Nov. 25 and 26 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The following holiday deadlines will be in effect for the Wednesday, Nov. 24 issue:

Display, Class Display, Bulletin Board and Classified Ads: 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18.
The following Deadlines will be in effect for the Thursday, Dec. 2 issue:
Display, Class Display and Bulletin Board: 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24.
Classified ads: 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 29.
Calendar: noon Monday, Nov. 22.


Best of The Online Comments

On The Giants ...
Great article! Still bathing in the glow of our Giants winning the series, this was a fun and timely article taking me to baseball's early days with the grit and splendor of yesteryear. Fun pictures also. Thank you for writing it Randall Brown. Texas was big till the Giants showed up! Cheers!
L.W.

On Axing Childcare ...
California wanted a movie star and got one. I voted for Larry Flint the publisher of Hustler. He is an outstanding business man. JERRY BROWN WILL likely restore some sanity to the budget.
Jack Ferguson
 
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The Thought Form of Solution

It’s our last week of Leo before the sun enters Virgo (next Friday/Saturday). The planets this week make complex patterns and relationships (vibrational cadences and rhythms) with the outer planets, mainly Neptune—the planet that veils, obscures, protects and finally refines us. Neptune offers us entrance into a deeply spiritual sense of comfort and solace. Neptune is the personality ruler of Pisces (saviors of the world) and soul ruler of Cancer (world mother). “The fish goddesses who leapt from earth (Virgo) to water (Pisces) unitedly give birth to the Fish God (Christ, the Soul) who introduces the waters of life  (Neptune & Aquarius) into the ocean of substance (matter, mother bringing light to the world. Thus does Neptune work.” (Esoteric Astrology).

 

Final Cut

Cedar Street Video to close after 10 years at downtown location

 

Cultures Collide

No surprises, but lots to savor in foodie film ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

 

Say Uncle

Five types of kids, and how to be their best friend
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Foodie File: Kauboi

Japanese-Western themed unites sushi with whiskey and beefgrill

 

How should Santa Cruz develop downtown around the San Lorenzo River?

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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Have Mercy!

Looking for a frisky summer wine at a reasonable price? Look no further than Mercy Vineyards’ 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($20). Richly textured “with an exotic flavor profile,” the wine reveals aromas of honeydew melon and honeysuckle, with anise appearing as a star attraction. Smidgeons of pineapple and honeycomb add a touch of sexiness to this well-balanced, easy-drinking wine, which pairs well with a variety of cuisine —especially ceviche, calamari and other not-too-heavy foods.