Cheerleaders & Curmudgeons



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Hooray for the readers of Alameda Magazine who took the time to send in their opinions about the best of Alameda. Of course, our Island is also famous for its curmudgeons, some of whom threw their two cents into the mix.  Here are a few of our favorite funny comments from readers (even our lovable cranks):

Best Bests We Never Thought Of:

BEST SPOT FOR ANTIQUES: “Salvation Army”
BEST PLACE FOR SINGLES: “Burger King;”“Home!”
BEST VIEW IN ALAMEDA: “McDonald’s”
BEST STREET TO LIVE ON: “Mine.”
BEST EVENT: “The weather;”“Saturdays at Paganos”
BEST CHARITY OR SOCIAL EVENT: “Garage sales”
BEST PLACE TO BE PAMPERED: “The Pampered Pup”
BEST REASON TO LIVE IN ALAMEDA:
“My mom lives there.”
MOST KID-FRIENDLY PARK: “Alameda Dog Park.”
BEST THING ABOUT ALAMEDA: “Shiny, happy people;”
“It’s not on the way to anywhere.”

Simultaneous Best Thing and Worst Thing about Alameda:

“25 mile-per-hour speed limit”
“Low rents” and “High rents”
“Building code too strict” and
“Poor enforcement of zoning regulations”
“No Major League Baseball team” and
“Close to Oakland A’s.”
“Fine places to eat and shop” and
“No restaurants/no shopping”

What the Curmudgeons Don’t Like:

“New foo-foo stores on Park Street.”
“Everything closes too early.”
“All the people moving in with SUVs.”
“No left [turns] off Park Street during rush-hour.”
“Boxy apartment buildings.”
“Idiot leftists with offensive bumper stickers.”
“Bad tree-trimming jobs.”
“Gossip.”
“Rude cyclists on Bay Trail that almost run over you.”
“The smell of the water when it’s hot.”
“Waiting for the renaissance.”

Unclear on Concept:

All who indicated Oakland or San Francisco “Bests” in their answers.

Mean-Spirit Award:

Those who dissed our Oakland neighbors.