Talk Talk! It's Time For Speakers' Corner

Gotta have some more of that cow bell and 60s garage band snarl. Sensing some pent-up demand for debate -- Lamorinda style -- so here's your chance to engage.

Who'll pick today's topic? We know you've got stuff you want to talk about because it's all over our other threads! Here's where you want to be if you want to slug it out a little, verbally, with other like-minded Patchers.

Usual ring rules apply.

So who's going to start things off today? And what are you going to talk about? The economy? The upcoming elections? The state of the country? The state of your prize '57 Chevy?

Here's where you want to be if you want to Talk Talk.

X December 12, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Another week without being able to enjoy Len Tillem's show on KGO. The KGO format changes stink.
J.D. O'Connor (Editor) December 12, 2011 at 06:53 PM
Now THAT'S what I'm talking about. Way to lead off a conversation, Kenny! We'll see where this one goes... Ed.
X December 13, 2011 at 02:59 AM
Nightly drives around town without the benefit of hearing hosts Gene Burns or John Rothman just aren't the same. I'm glad they kept Ronn but now you never know if he's going to be axed too.
Claire December 13, 2011 at 03:57 AM
I am guessing he will fulfill his contract (supposedly one more year) and then that's it. I agree; it just isn't the same without Gene Burns, and I hate the new all news format. How many times do they think we want to hear the same stories each day? I think this is the death knell for KGO.
Chris Nicholson December 13, 2011 at 04:07 AM
Why would anyone need any radio station other than NPR (except for when Rush is on)?
dave in moraga December 13, 2011 at 04:32 AM
Why Chris, you old softie. Or is NPR just opposition research? Keep an eye out for Dorothy and her little dog while visiting. Liberal thoughts, and free exchanges generally, flow like water over those airwaves. (Just poking a little fun)
dave in moraga December 13, 2011 at 04:36 AM
I am so NOT used to commerical radio that I begin to think I might have attention deficit disorder every time the kids take control of the "dial".
X December 13, 2011 at 04:49 AM
I don't think I've ever heard NPR on the radio. I've downloaded one or two shows/pieces/segments (not sure what you'd call them) from iTunes but that's about it. But, then again, by the same token, I've never listened to Rush, either. Other than KGO it's pretty much either kiddie music CDs or my iPod (piped through the car stereo system - not earphones on my head, or course) when I'm in the car.
Richard Kline December 13, 2011 at 04:58 AM
I've spent the last two years with Sirius/XM and have barely turned on traditional radio since. I'm in for the awesome array of music, but there is a 31 flavors of talk too, with plenty of former old school talk radio men and women still doing their thing.
dave in moraga December 13, 2011 at 05:13 AM
@Kddt: Give it a try. Imagine no commercials. Imagine what that sounds like. Throw off those shackles! Breathe the free air of...OK, now I went too far. Pretty soon, the twins will be dictating what you listen to. Oh, you may resist at first, but resistence is futile. Try getting them used to the soothing melodies of Lakshmi Singh for NPR news (while there is still time) and what's his name for Science Friday. I can't believe that you don't listen to Science Friday.
c5 December 13, 2011 at 03:35 PM
i love npr as well, keep it on most of the time in the car and when heading east, we listen to the sacramento npr station...'car talk', 'wait, wait..' plus everything else. some of the reporting is pretty biased, but that's fine with me as most media these days has a bias. but they also have great balanced reporting like shields and brooks, etc..
X December 13, 2011 at 03:53 PM
My home has been invaded by a group (which includes my cousin) of wild, married women from the LA area. We were chatting over breakfast about life in LA. Doesn't it seem like LA has far more wild and dramatic car chases than we do in the Bay Area? And, if so, any theories as to why?
Nicholas December 13, 2011 at 04:01 PM
It's that Zombie Smog they're all breathing down there. And girlfriends that make their boyfriends take over intersections after they break up. I lived there a year and couldn't cut it. A totally different world. NORCAL, all the way.
Chris Nicholson December 13, 2011 at 04:10 PM
I doubt they are more prevalent on a per capita basis. I think it is an issue of population density and reporting bias. At any given moment, there are probably a half dozen or more news and police helicopters within 5-10 minutes of any car chase, so probably every one gets the chance to be live on TV.
Sue Haas December 13, 2011 at 05:44 PM
I have visited the great southland but would never consider living there. I know people love their lifestyle but it was IMO so shallow and self absorbed it was so hard to take. We stayed with friends and listened to their children talking about designer clothes and the malls and the beauty and talent contests at school and who had their nose done and I was speeddialing the airlines to get back home after a week. Agree with statement about proliferation of media down there and the helicopters and would say this, coupled with a really nutty desire to be "famous," even if you are just shooting at cars in an intersection, makes it a very strange land in which to live. Not all, but mostly.
Eileen December 13, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Many of the fine shows aired on NPR stations are available as podcasts. I load up the iPhone with "Wait, Wait's" and others (like the NYT produced "Freakonomics" podcast) before road trips.
X December 13, 2011 at 06:17 PM
The population density down there is amazing. I always get lost driving around because the cities bleed from one to the other without any break between them. So, I'll think I'm in one city and all of a sudden discover I'm driving through a different one.
bryan December 13, 2011 at 09:30 PM
Cornell Wilde reliving his role in The Naked Prey?
Eileen December 13, 2011 at 09:40 PM
A man wearing those running feet thingees jogged by our family outside Disneyland this weekend. I dunno if it's better for the bod than traditional running shoes, but there's a lot of hard, pointy, unpleasant stuff on the (sub)urban jogging-ways that I am happy to have a thick rubber sole protect me from.
bryan December 13, 2011 at 10:23 PM
Enjoy... it's a fave of mine. Interesting in that after the first ten minutes or so there's no dialogue at all, just Cornell in his little body suit, which you can see from time to time.
X December 13, 2011 at 10:44 PM
Eileen: "Podcasts". That's the word I was looking for! I have a typewriter brain trapped in an iPad world.
Eileen December 14, 2011 at 03:29 AM
And, I'd welcome any suggestions for thoughtful, interesting Podcast series to download for future car trips. (I often drive solo while kids watch DVDs in rear.) I'm naturally drawn to the audio version of "Economist" magazine, "Onion" humor, and NatGeo/BBC video documentary content. I'll consider this my Patch "letter to Santa."
Eileen December 14, 2011 at 03:42 AM
My husband and I have been Sirius/XM subscribers off and on for 5+ years and I find some value in the variety of music/news content offered. That said, I'm disappointed that they've dropped the BBC's Radio 1 and wish they offered more in the way of "world" music (as they once did). I "get" their need to make a profit, but wish they'd opt to follow HBO's strategy of producing whatever small amount of (sometimes "niche") content will keep a given number of subscribers onboard. (For me, that was Radio 1 and top 10 music from Latin, Arab pop stars.) Instead, they're just following the old-school "feed the masses" network strategy. This suggests, to me, that their mgmt is skewed too heavily towards "old" media and can't think outside of the box when it comes to new delivery mechanisms' potential. Hopefully, technological advances will allow us to access listener-driven content at Pandora and Spotify from our vehicles at some not-too-distant point in the future.
Amanda December 14, 2011 at 05:05 AM
Personally, it's not my style, but many people swear by it. I think it's a fad. I have worn the same shoes for like ten+ years with no injuries or problems. I'm not going to fix what's not broken. On the other hand, I do think that chia seeds are beneficial to endurance athletes.
Amanda December 14, 2011 at 05:10 AM
If you wanna check out a great running movie, see "Unbreakable: The Western States 100." I saw it last night. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a26xp28jm0
Kathleen December 14, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Check out iTunesU, where you can download (free) podcasts of thousands of lectures from universities and colleges. You're bound to find one that is at least as interesting as the 400th episode of Car Talk!
X December 14, 2011 at 08:09 PM
What's up with the WC Patch website? Is that a new format that Patch sites will be using? Honestly, I didn't like it at first as it seemed a bit cumbersome, but I'm kinda liking it now. It's slick.
J.D. O'Connor (Editor) December 14, 2011 at 08:14 PM
Hey, Kenny, yes... in my very stealthy way I was purposely distracting LamoPatchers (look here, here... no, not there... HERE!) from my colleague Lance Howland's project, currently underway with a vengeance in Walnut Creek. We rolled it out for a few select Patches and we will be getting it, too.


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