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Menlo Goodbye

When your wife asks, without an ounce of irony, what to do with medicine that expired in 1986...you know you are really moving. Thing is, in 1986 Menlo Park already...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Apr. 13, 2015
Last comment by Laura Stec, on Jul 29, 2015 at 8:11 am | 4 comments | 1874 Views

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Out of Menlo

It was more than disconcerting to return from lunch at Draeger's, to find some of my finest kitchen pieces scattered about a drought-stricken patch of apartment...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Apr. 12, 2015
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Apr 14, 2015 at 3:51 pm | 3 comments | 1557 Views

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Water War & Peace

Spring kicks my vegetable garden into high gear. And, yes, it's here again, that photosynthetic tipping point...but with sinister undercurrents. This can't go on,...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Mar. 29, 2015
Last comment by growers, on Apr 11, 2015 at 12:40 pm | 2 comments | 911 Views

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'Film Noir Western' Latest from Menlo Park Writer

Author David Meuel has a knack for illuminating Hollywood's classic periods and genres, cranking out a lively series of film books. The latest from the Menlo Park...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Apr. 10, 2015
Last comment by Paul Bendix, on Apr 10, 2015 at 5:59 pm | 1 comment | 562 Views

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Menlo's Economic Divide

"More than half of the new jobs in the region will not pay enough...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Mar. 19, 2015
Last comment by Stop the Trolls, on Mar 21, 2015 at 4:40 pm | 3 comments | 1465 Views

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Man on the Run

When a tattooed, shaggy-haired thirtysomething knocked, then pounded, on their door my Palo Alto friends wanted to call the police. But the menacing figure on their...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Mar. 17, 2015
Last comment by Menlo Voter, on Mar 20, 2015 at 6:59 am | 1 comment | 734 Views

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Region in Transit

Travel broadens horizons…even to Cupertino for the region's annual 'Transportation Summit,' a green development confab sponsored by the nonprofit TransForm. Refreshingly,...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Mar. 8, 2015
Last comment by Menlo Voter, on Mar 12, 2015 at 6:44 pm | 6 comments | 1349 Views

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Blood on the Tracks

The Menlo Park Caltrain accident that killed motorist Jahyun Jennifer Koo on Monday has reignited the issue of grade separation. Acknowledging that it remains an...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 26, 2015
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Mar 5, 2015 at 9:50 am | 14 comments | 2256 Views

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Reborn Kepler's Thrives

Menlo Park has happily moved from the 'rescue of Kepler's,' to supporting its next stage...call it 'revitalization' or even 'expansion.' What's expanding is the...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Mar. 2, 2015
Last comment by Alice fan, on Mar 3, 2015 at 2:05 pm | 1 comment | 1239 Views

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The Loss of Mr. Potato Head

Last month, something possessed me to plant potatoes with my widowed neighbor and her precocious two-year-old. Perhaps I needed to witness things budding, to reaffirm...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 17, 2015
Last comment by Mr. Potatoe Head, on Feb 25, 2015 at 1:46 pm | 2 comments | 1799 Views

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Rugged in Retail

When it comes to shopping, I am all efficiency. A preemptive strike on Trader Joe's. A raid on Draegers. A daylight sortie on Cook's Seafood. I do not linger over...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 20, 2015
Last comment by Dennis Ronberg, on Feb 14, 2015 at 4:14 pm | 1 comment | 1486 Views

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Garbage Can on the Tracks

After Caltrain's 8:39 AM weekday express left Menlo Park last Thursday, someone in San Francisco rolled a 55-gallon garbage can in its path. To the south, the town...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 8, 2015
Last comment by Robbie, on Feb 9, 2015 at 3:52 pm | 2 comments | 1519 Views

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Youth on the Edge

"You're very polite," a fellow patron of Draeger's coffee bar observed on her way out. She was referring to the loud and remarkably two-way conversation behind me....

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 1, 2015
Last comment by Louise68, on Feb 2, 2015 at 12:09 am | 1 comment | 1545 Views

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Menlo Park Playing Nicely

Menlo Park, I explain to outsiders, is a city of contradictions. We are home to SRI, one of the world's great research institutions – served by a rail station that...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 29, 2015
Last comment by Mike Keenly, on Jan 31, 2015 at 12:32 pm | 1 comment | 1581 Views

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End of Suburbia

A friend's wife is mad at me, he recently confided, over Proposition M. I smiled wanly. What can one say? What one thinks is another matter. Something is happening...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 13, 2015
Last comment by M supporter, on Jan 23, 2015 at 12:15 pm | 2 comments | 1445 Views

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Call of the Sort of Wild

I see it the moment I turn north on 280, the Peninsula's signature ridge of coastal hills, their particular height and slope. Whatever the quality, I note its reappearance...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 2, 2015
There are no comments yet. 1208 Views

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Holidays' Roadways

Deck the halls...and hit the decks. These last pre-Christmas days have proven perilous for anyone in a wheelchair. Drivers do not see me in crosswalks. But it's...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Dec. 24, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1262 Views

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Water Torture

That's the problem with all this rain, that it can lull us into complacency, the default national mood. Of course, we need to do the opposite. This drought should...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Dec. 15, 2014
Last comment by Menlo Voter, on Dec 16, 2014 at 2:35 pm | 1 comment | 1511 Views

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Über Alles

One can only commend the entrepreneurial verve of companies like Uber and Lyft. These firms have revamped ridesharing. Thinking outside the box, they have spurred...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Dec. 3, 2014
Last comment by Louise68, on Dec 6, 2014 at 1:52 pm | 7 comments | 1284 Views

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Hit the Bus

Consider those really bad traffic days, say, a Friday evening just before Thanksgiving or Christmas...traffic crawling up El Camino in Menlo Park. It's the sort...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Nov. 16, 2014
Last comment by Tunbridge Wells, on Nov 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm | 5 comments | 1362 Views
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