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Alameda’s First Rain

Bear’s-Eye View of Alameda for September 18, 2022

Last night saw the first real rain of the season, and, you guessed it, the smell of wet dog permeated the air at my house. Personally, I am fine with it, but I know a few folks that aren’t into it.

Alameda Post – Bear's-Eye View for September 18, 2022 – First rain of the season on a hibiscus flower

My human companion has yet to buy me a raincoat so I don’t take any poop from him when he complains about me shaking off the water in my coat or the smell. A rain drop studded red flower seemed like a nice way to visually celebrate this meteorological event.

Alameda Post – Bear's-Eye View for September 18, 2022 – Hummus republic collage

On one of my trips past Starbucks, I was able to check out the progress on the soon to open Hummus Republic kitchen. There was lots of construction stuff all over, a worker with these crazy leg extensions, and a painter standing on the support that reads NOT A STEP.

Alameda Post – Bear's-Eye View for September 18, 2022 – two cute dogs

There were two cute canines waiting for their human companions to bring out their puppuccinos. I got very excited but had to detour across the street so that I didn’t cause a scene. I am still working on my reactivity (not aggression) to other dog friends.

Alameda Post – Bear's-Eye View for September 18, 2022 – Octopi Alameda

After a long period of no street gallery art popping up, I found an unsigned piece entitled “Octopi Alameda.” Thanks to the artist for brightening up my day.

Alameda Post – Bear's-Eye View for September 18, 2022 – turkeys showing off

Another bright spot was the running into the Central Avenue turkey family with the males in full party mode.

I got a tip that there was some high-altitude drama going on over at the corner of Grand Street and Lincoln Avenue. Sure enough, there were some climbers trying to scale a tree stump. It looked like one of them had lost their footing and was hanging by the safety line. Looks like a job for the Alameda Fire Department. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.

Alameda Post – Bear's-Eye View for September 18, 2022 – palm tree with skirt in the first rain of the season

Just up the street, my eye caught the image of a palm tree wearing what looked like a flowered hula skirt. What do you think?

I went back into the B-EV archives trying to find the report that covered the tree removal at the corner of Alameda Avenue and Grand Street. I was interested in when that tree was removed, because it has prompted a massive “sprouting” event all around the original stump. You really need to check it out. Literally, hundreds have popped up and keep getting trimmed off.

Alameda Post – Bear's-Eye View for September 18, 2022 – Jeff Goldblum - nature finds a way

It reminded me of Jeff Goldblum’s line in Jurassic Park. Do you remember it?

In closing out this week’s report, I want to raise the issue of canine privacy. I realize that cameras are everywhere, but really, do we need these types of negative image signs. If this is supposed to be intimidating, it’s not working for me.

When nature calls, I must answer. There really isn’t much choice. However, I want to confirm that my human companion is religious about picking up after me and carrying it home to our own garbage can.

Alameda Post – Bear's-Eye View for September 18, 2022 – video surveillance

I do find it a bit offensive to see these two giant cameras glaring down on this poor innocent pooch and the “deer in the headlights” expression. I actually got a big laugh out of the poop image with the “heat waves” rising out of the pile.

Looking forward to a few great “shake-offs” (of water in my coat) in the entry hall of our house after a long walk in this first rain. For everyone else, I hope you stay dry.

Bear's paws

Mouf, Roving Reporter
Bear’s-Eye View of Alameda

Mouf and his human companion can be reached via [email protected]. Their stories are collected at All photos by Jeff Cambra.

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