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lassics aren’t called classic for nothing. At least that’s the case with Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 Modern Times, one of the most poignant—and still timely—films ever made about the human effects of industrialization and the Depression. It’s also one of the funniest. It will screen at the Rafael at noon on Nov. 29—for free! The Rafael plans to continue presenting a free quarterly series titled Everybody’s Classics. The exact titles haven’t been chosen yet, but the audience at Modern Times will be able to vote on films ranging from favorites such as Casablanca and Singin’ in the Rain to the more recent All Chaplin was concerned with the dehumanizing effects of the President’s Men and The Princess Bride. technology; in the factory break room scene, a robotic contraption feeds the Little Tramp and wipes his mouth for him. Write-ins will also be encouraged. But back to Modern Times. The film is dodging the cops when things don’t pan out. remembered most for its early scenes, set Scenes in a department store and a restauin the factory where Charlie, in his last per- rant (where Charlie sings a song in mockformance as “The Little Tramp,” tightens Italian gobbledygook) stand out. nuts on a faster-and-fasterModern Times has sound moving conveyor belt and effects and music—comTHIS WEEKEND becomes a guinea pig for Modern Times screens posed by Chaplin—but no the “Bellows Feeding Maspoken words, other than for free on Nov. 29 at noon chine,” by which workers the above-mentioned song. at the Rafael Film Center, are fed lunch without stop- 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. Though the silent era had ping work. The shots of gi415/454-1222. passed some years earlier, ant cogwheels and other Chaplin didn’t think that mechanisms are stunning speech would work for his graphic art all in themselves. Little Tramp. He was right. But it’s not until the Little Tramp is laid Instead, apparently immune to gravity, off that his adventures really begin, starting he dances, climbs, slides, leaps... He was with his arrest for leading a Communist the paramount comic actor of his day and demonstration (he didn’t) to his meeting among the greatest actors of all time. No with a beautiful barefoot orphan, played by wonder that, for decades, Charlie Chaplin Paulette Goddard (whom Chaplin either was the most widely recognized person in was or wasn’t married to in real life). All the world. < along, Charlie is only looking for work, and Reel off your movie reviews on TownSquare at ›› pacificsun.com

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›› MOViE TiMES + Star ratings: out of 4 stars 2012 (PG-13) ++ Century Larkspur Landing: F-Su 12, 3:30, 7, 10:30; M-Th 6:30, 9:55 Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 1:25, 3:25, 4:55, 6:45, 8:15, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: F-W 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1, 4:15, 7:30

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An Education (PG-13) Century Regency 6: F-Sa 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:05; Su-M 12, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45

Woody Harrelson plays against type in ‘The Messenger’ at the Rafael Film Center. O Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Nicolas Cage plays the title character in Werner Herzog’s gritty study of police department corruption and Coppola family nepotism. O The Blind Side (2:06) Heartwarming story about an African-American boy from the wrong side of the tracks who becomes an All American offensive tackle. Sandra Bullock stars. O A Christmas Carol (1:36) Dickens’ beloved slab of figgy pudding gets the 3D Disney treatment as Jim Carrey gives voice to half a dozen different characters (including Ebenezer himself). O An Education (1:40) Conundrum: Should pre-Swinging London schoolgirl Carey Mulligan head off to Oxford or pursue the naughty life with a sexy older man? O Fantastic Mr. Fox (1:27) Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book concerns a reformed fox who gives into his chickensnatching urges, disgracing himself and his family; Wes Anderson directs the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray. O Glenn Beck’s Christmas Sweater: A Return to Redemption (2:15) The Fox News pundit presents his ongoing holiday tale of old-fashioned family values. O The Men Who Stare at Goats (1:33) Absurdist political thriller about a real-life U.S. Army paranormal military unit and how its investigations into psychic phenomena were employed to interrogate prisoners at Guantanamo Bay; George Clooney stars. O The Messenger A soldier gets romantically involved with a woman after informing her that her soldier-husband has been killed, giving audiences an opportunity to rethink the mantra of don’t shoot the messenger. O Modern Times (1:27) Chaplin’s 1936 comedy classic finds the Little Tramp coping

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with automation, social injustice, urban blight and other hallmarks of modern life. O Ninja Assassin (1:39) A skilled hit man with a heart of gold dodges death in Europe’s glittering capitals, saucy Interpol agent at hand. O Old Dogs Aging bachelors John Travolta and Robin Williams find themselves dealing with a couple of rambunctious 7-year-olds; hilarity ensues. O Pirate Radio (1:55) Eight rogue ’60s-era disc jockeys led by Philip Seymour Hoffman beam rock ’n’ roll at a helpless Britain and inspire an entire generation. O Planet 51 Digitally animated film about an astronaut who lands on a planet of little green people. Its PG rating is for “mild sci-fi action.” O Precious (1:49) Sundance fave about an African-American teen who deals with illiteracy and a second pregnancy with the help of a Harlem schoolteacher. O Red Cliff (2:28) John Woo’s sumptuous, action-packed historical epic stars Tony Leung in the sweeping tale of two warlords battling the Emperor’s armies c. 208 A.D. O A Serious Man (1:45) A physics professor struggles to become a mensch (despite a wandering wife, a burdensome brother, mendacious colleagues and a couple of unlovely children) in the Coen boys’ latest comedy. O The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2:10) The next installment of Stephenie Meyer’s blood-suckin’ roman-fleuve finds Bella Swan enjoying post-vampire succor in the arms of an incipient werewolf. O 2012 (2:38) Yet another global-cataclysm scenario, this one starring John Cusack, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and George Segal as the survivors. Win free tickets to the Rafael Film Center and check out our searchable movie database at ›› pacificsun.com

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Sweater: A Return to Redemption (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Th 8 The Men Who Stare At Goats (R) Century Regency 6: F-Sa 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10; Su-M 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40

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Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire (R) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: F-Sa 10:55, 12:10, 1:35, 3, 4:25, 5:50, 7:15, 8:40, 10:10; Su 10:55,

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (R) ++ Rafael Film Center: F-Su 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15; M, Th 6:45, 9:15; Tu-W 9:15

The Blind Side (PG-13) ++ Century Larkspur Landing: F-Su 1, 4:10, 7:15, 10:20; M-Th 6:45, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 10:45, 12, 1:35, 3:15, 4:30, 6:15, 7:30, 9:05, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: F-W 10:50, 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: F-Sa 1:10, 4, 7, 9:50; Su-Th 1:10, 4, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: F-Sa 1:15, 4, 6:55, 9:40; Su 1:15, 4, 6:55; M-Th 4, 6:55

Disney’s A Christmas Carol (PG) +++Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 1:55, 4:25, 7:05, 9:25 Fairfax 5 Theatres: F-Sa 2:30, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30; Su-Th 2:30, 4:45, 7:10 NFantastic Mr. Fox (PG)

++++ Century Larkspur Landing: F-Su 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:30, 9:50; M-Th 7, 9:15

Century Regency 6: F-Sa 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 9:55;

‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ opens at the Larkspur Landing, Playhouse, Regency and Rowland Friday. 12:10, 1:35, 3, 4:25, 5:50, NModern Times (Not Rated) 7:15, 8:40; M 12:10, 1:35, ++++ Rafael Film 3, 4:25, 5:50, 7:15, 8:30 Center: Su noon CinéArts at Sequoia: F-Sa 2, 4:30, 7, 9:25; Su 2, 4:30, NNinja Assassin (R) Century 7; M-Th 4:45, 7:10 Northgate 15: 11:20, 12:35, 1:45, 3:10, 4:10, 5:30, 6:50, NRed Cliff (R) +++ 7:50, 9:20, 10:15 Century Rafael Film Center: F-Sa 1:15, 4:30, 7:30; Su 3:30, 7; Rowland Plaza: F-W 12:50, M-Th 7 3:20, 5:40, 8:05, 10:30 NOld Dogs (PG) Century The Twilight Saga: New Northgate 15: 11:10, 12:15, Moon (PG-13) Century 1:30, 2:35, 3:40, 4:50, 6, Cinema: 12:30, 3:40, 7, 10 7:10, 8:10, 9:35, 10:30 Century Northgate 15: 11, Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 12:30, 1:15, 2, 2:45, F-W 12:20, 2:30, 4:50, 7, 3:30, 4:15, 5, 5:45, 6:30, 9:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 7:15, 8, 8:45, 9:30, 10:10 F-Sa 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 9:40; Century Rowland Plaza: Su-Th 1:30, 4:30, 7:20 F-W 11, 12:30, 1:50, 3:25, 4:40, 6:15, 7:30, 9:20, 10:20 Pirate Radio (R) +++ Fairfax 5 Theatres: F-Sa Century Regency 6: F-Sa 1:20, 4:15, 7:15, 10:10; Su11, 1:40, 4:35, 7:25, 10:15; Th 1:20, 4:15, 7:15 Su 11, 1:40, 4:35, 7:25;

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm schedules.

›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 800-326-3264 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264

Tony Leung takes on the man in ‘Red Cliff.’

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Thanksgiving a go-go Last year, legs and breasts weren’t in reference to the turkey... by Ni k k i S i l ver stein

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s usual, I had Thanksgiving with my aunt, uncle and cousins in Sacramento. It’s always a rowdy, irreverent affair. I’m a smart aleck, but this family has advanced degrees in wit. When the six of them turn their banter on me, they go for my weak spot, dissecting why I’m still single. I don’t mind the laughter at my expense, though it makes me think of last year’s gentler Thanksgiving. I was in New York, where my mother had multiple brain surgeries. My friend Christine, an attorney living in Manhattan, invited me for Thanksgiving dinner. I was intrigued to learn the guest list included three exotic dancers. I spent the day with my mom until she shooed me away so I could eat unhospital turkey. Truly, I think she wanted me to meet the dancers. We both expected uneducated women with bleached hair and tight clothes. When I arrived at Christine’s, I thought I pegged the three involved in the forbidden occupation. Ella, with her long body and dark hair flowing past the middle of her back, was the first one I spoke with. Wrong. She’s Christine’s yoga instructor. I figured Meg, who held an infant in her arms, was the neighbor. Wrong again. Dancer. Turns out, I had one right, but only because it was mathematically impossible not to. They dressed appropriately and weren’t blonde. Their conversations were about typical things and they used grammatically correct sentences. This was disappointing. How would I entertain my mother the next day? No interesting column here. Fine, I wouldn’t worry about taking notes and could concentrate on gorging. Still, I was curious... At the table, I strategically positioned myself between two dancers, forcing Meg’s husband to sit across from her. I wasn’t embarrassed. He can sit next to his wife at home. Ella led us in a prayer and we each shared why we were grateful. No one mentioned taking her clothes off for a living, although Christine said she was thankful she survived her firm’s layoff. (She often tells me she feel likes a prostitute with the work she does for corporations.) How did Christine, a Marinite, end up a New Yorker surrounded by strippers? After law school, she took a job in NYC. Her friend from their Berkeley undergrad days lived there, so the two of them got an apartment together. That’s all I knew until I gently prodded her roommate Pam to tell me more while I stuffed my mouth with pie. Pam attended class by day and waitressed at a gentlemen’s club at night. When she discovered dancers make more and work fewer

hours, she auditioned, becoming another student dancing topless for tuition. Degree in hand, she worked a few years at a corporate job she hated. Today, Pam is a hostess in one of New York’s finer clubs, earning more than she did at the ad agency. Meg is Pam’s friend from the club. In her late 20s, she graduated from NYU and has danced for years. Her husband Ron was a customer. I was surprised she’d gone out with someone who had ogled her body before the first date. “If I met a nice guy at the gym, I’d have to worry about telling him what I do for a living,” Meg said. Her husband was one of several men she dated after dancing for them. All, except Ron, wanted her to stop. “I like dancing and I’m a good salesperson,” said Meg. “Where else could I work half-time, be with my baby all day and earn six figures?” I’d never thought of topless dancing as a sales career. Kerry, the third dancer, explained: “The more attention I give my client, the more he pays me.” Sounds like sales to me. Three saleswomen—one married, one in a relationship and one looking. No different from me, except they’re younger and prettier. Taller. Thinner. More voluptuous where it counts. OK, not like me, but still, I’ve never demeaned myself by stripping and wagging my tush in front of strangers. Not that anyone would pay me to, but that’s not the point. I had to ask, though in a nice way. “Pam, when you were dancing, did you feel taken advantage of?” “Occasionally, but I’ve been groped more on the subway,” Pam declared. “The clients at upscale clubs usually behave. They’re celebrities, football players, wealthy men.” I must have looked skeptical, because she followed up: “I never had sex. Dancing paid for school. I have money in the bank. I’m not ashamed.” I was. Pam knew I was being judgmental, but readily accepted my apology. We began chatting about San Francisco. By the end of the evening, I wasn’t thinking about anyone’s occupation. This was a peaceful, thoughtful Thanksgiving. When I was leaving, everyone hugged me and told me they were praying for my mother and me. It worked, because a year later, my mom is fine and my heart is more open. Thank you, ladies. < E-mail: nikki_silverstein@yahoo.com

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›› THAT TV GUY FRIDAY, NOV. 27 Modern Marvels Tracing the history of the telephone and how it changed society since that fateful day when Alexander Graham Bell uttered the historic words,“Watson, did you get my text?” History Channel. 7pm. Smallville We are willing to accept the stuff about Krypton, and x-ray vision and faster than a speeding bullet, but the Daily Planet actually hiring a new reporter strains credulity. CW. 8pm. The Jay Leno Show Laura Bush comes out of hiding. NBC. 9pm.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 1 The Biggest Loser The final four contestants run a marathon. We’re impressed. This is the longest course any of them had ever run that wasn’t a buffet. NBC. 8pm. A Charlie Brown Christmas The roundheaded kid picks out a lame tree and then everybody pretends it’s OK. It’s good practice for when your sister shows up for the holidays with her new boyfriend. ABC. 8pm. Cast Confessions from The Hills to The City There are parts of their lives these people haven’t shared? How about “We used cue cards”? MTV. 9pm. Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show We heard the secret is diet pills and cigarettes. CBS. 10pm.

SATURDAY, NOV. 28 Designer Dog A review of fashionable hybrid breeds like the Labradoodle, the puggle and the Chihausund. We’re still waiting for somebody to combine a Shih Tzu with a Roomba so it can dust-mop our floor. Animal Planet. 8pm. War of the Worlds Live Somebody made a musical out of the H.G. Wells classic; it’s like A Chorus WEDNESDAY, DEC. can now get Alexander Graham Bell Line, but with more ten- You 2 Rudolph, the RedTwitter Tweets. Really. tacles. KQED. 10pm. Nosed Reindeer A Dawn of the Dead This is the remake. mutant reindeer and his effeminate elf They still hole up in a mall while the zom- friend brave a savage storm to escape an bies stumble around outside. But it’s a isolated polar compound. CBS. 8pm. totally cooler mall. (2004) MTV. 10pm. Christmas in Rockefeller Center Alicia Keys, Barry Manilow SUNDAY, NOV. 29 and Shakira help America’s Funniest remind us what the Home Videos Former holidays are about on host Bob Saget stops some other planet. by, part of his “That’s NBC. 8pm. How Well My Career Lost Holiday: The Is Going!” tour. ABC. Jim and Suzanne 7pm. Shemwell Story A A To w n W i t h o u t husband and wife are Christmas We’re trapped in a blizzard at intrigued. What’s the Christmas. This kind of real estate market cutting-edge couples lik e? How are the therapy may not be schools? (2001) Lifeavailable in your area. time. 7pm. (2007) Lifetime. 9pm. The Dog Who Saved The Tonight Show Christmas Or, in our Jenny McCarthy Don’t worry; he’s got a golden parachute. house, The Dog Who Monday at 8. explains that her Tore Apart the Stock1995 expiration date ings to Get at the Chocolate. (2009) ABC “was just a typo.” NBC. 11:35pm. Family. 8pm. THURSDAY, DEC. 3 The Polar Express MONDAY, NOV. 30 How the Grinch Scores of children are abducted on Stole Christmas We think he worked for Christmas Eve and whisked out of state Goldman Sachs. ABC. 8pm. for a ritual involving a charismatic Shrek the Halls An ogre at Christmas? cult leader and his army of diminutive That’s why we stopped spiking the eggnog mutants. (2004) ABC Family. 6pm. when our brother-in-law visits. ABC. 8:30pm. Clash of the Choirs Like American Idol, Hoarders Every week, they interview a but with bake sales. CMTV. 7pm. < couple of people with a compulsion to fill Critique That TV Guy at letters@pacificsun.com their houses with worthless goods they will never use. And every week is another Turn on more TV Guy at week you can’t fit your car in the garage. ›› pacificsun.com A&E. 10pm. NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 3, 2009 PACIFIC SUN 29

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Do you hear what I hear? No Virginia, not all holiday music is lousy... by G r e g Cahill

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without an acoustic guitar, a cozy fire and L’Oreal.

The Christmas Jug Band—who gave the world the irreverent “Daddy’s Drinkin’ Up Our Christmas”—brings its jugabilly mystique to the theater Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6pm, following a Dec. 15 set at the 2AM Club. The loose-knit ensemble of longtime Marin musicians (sometimes including the reclusive Dan Hicks) recently released its latest seasonal blast, The Christmas Jug Band on the Holiday Highway, featuring such special guests as Country Joe McDonald, Norton Buffalo, Mike Duke and Dan Hicks’ Lickettes. (A spinoff of these merry music makers performing under the moniker Three Elves Named Moe can be savored in coming weeks at shows in West Marin and throughout the county.) And, finally, the Hot Club of San Francisco celebrates the release of its new Gypsy jazz-

flavored holiday album Hot Club Cool Yule on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 8pm, also at a 142 Throckmorton Theatre event. < Share your favorite holiday music with Greg at gchaill51@ gmail.com BARBARA KELLER

emembrances of the childhood sounds with addiction. and smells of the holiday season— On the other hand, this engaging new Grandma baking cookies and Dad sing- Christmas album feels like a family reunion ing his favorite Christmas songs—inspired Bay or a visit from long lost friends. It features a Area singer and songwriter Michelle Schmitt to polished band that includes Michael Rodrirecord Christmas on Pine Mountain, a heartfelt guez, Ricky Fataar, Garrin Benfield, Marc mix of originals and countryLevine and Damian Sol. inflected classic carols. Proceeds from the album But there’s nothing sugary also benefit Meals on Wheels. about these songs. Schmitt will debut her Sure, there are nods toalbum at the benefit concert ward what she calls family Thursday, Dec. 3, at 8pm, at strength, love and committhe 142 Throckmorton in ment. But Schmitt, who downtown Mill Valley. Tickets will perform a Christmas are $20. A $100 VIP reception program at the 142 Thbegins at 6:45pm. rockmorton Theatre as That’s just one of several a benefit for Meals on The ‘Pine Mountain’ of the album title holiday-related events at from the name of a recording Wheels, pens probing lyr- comes the financially strapped studio in Alexander Valley. Schmitt ics that are rife with mean- actually grew up in Detroit. Mill Valley theater that ing, often addressing the could use a few holiday challenges of personal relationships and gifts of its own. the weaknesses of the human spirit. On Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:30pm, the venue Call her the Oprah of singer/songwriters. hosts Celebrate the Holidays: A Seva FounHer concept album Home chronicled the dation Benefit with emcee Wavy Gravy and ups and downs of marriage. And “These Little musical guests Moonalice, the David Nelson Pills,” from her 2008 album Another Winter, Band and the Rowan Brothers. Tickets are was inspired by friends who have struggled $50-$100.

The Jug Band’s latest release features such hits as ‘Shoot ‘Em in the Pants’ and ‘Santa’s Going Crazy This Year.’

›› SPiN OF THE WEEK A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector (Phil Spector Records/Legacy) Various Artists Yup, that Phil Spector—the pop producerturned-convicted murderer.This long out-of-print collection of seasonal ditties, first released in 1963 and reissued several times over the years under various titles, bundles pop renditions of classic Christmas fare:“White Christmas,”“Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer,”“Frosty the Snowman,” “Silent Night,”“Here Comes Santa Claus,” and others (including the weird “Marshmallow World”).They’re all performed by Spector Records’ stable of chart-topping acts: Darlene Love, the Ronettes, the Crystals and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans. Rolling Stone magazine has hailed Phil Spector’s Christmas album as “hands down, the best holiday album in the history of pop music.” It’s certainly the perfect antidote to Bob Dylan’s new karaoke-like offering, Christmas in the Heart (why, Bob, why?).—GC

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Live music Entrada Dr., Novato. 883-5952 . www.rickeysrestaurant.com 11/27: Paul Robinson Plus Acoustic rock. 7:30-10:30pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 11/27: Rock the Break 2 Treble at Bass special all ages show with Mello, The Cosmic Shenanigans, Marin Academy Soul Band, Roadhead. 8pm. $5-10. Bay Area Sound Studios, 85 Mitchell, San Rafael. 606-7435. www.marinlocalmusic.com/rock-break-2 11/27: S’Cream Cream/Clapton Tribute band. 8-11:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 332-2319. www.presidioyachtclub.org 11/27: Tom Rigney and Flambeau Cajun. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 11/28: Andoni Quartet Jazz. 7-10pm Free. Rickey’s, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato. 883-9477. www.rickeysrestaurant.com 11/28: Eugene Huggins Blues rock. 7-10pm. Saylor’s, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512.

11/28: Moonlight Rodeo at Old Western Saloon Americana/roots rock music, featuring original songs co-written with Robert Hunter from the Grateful Dead. 9pm. Old Western Saloon, Pt. Reyes Station. 637-2496. www.moonlightrodeo.com 11/28: The Fabulous Bud E Luv 5th Annual Holiday Party. 8:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 11/29: Jeffrey Halford and the Healers In the Bar. 4pm. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com

12/01: Dick Fregulia/Steve Webber Duo Jazz. 5-8pm. Free. Sand Dollar Restaurant, Shoreline Hwy., Stinson Beach. 868-0434. You’ll be head over heels for the Marin Youth Center’s ‘Exposure III’ show Dec. 4.

12/01: Swing Fever with trumpeter Bob Schulz New Orleans Jazz. 7-10pm. Free. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 12/03: David Brewer “El Cervecero,” solo flamenco guitarist 7-10pm. Free. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 12/03: Michelle Schmitt Schmitt and her band present “Christmas On Pine Mountain,” a benefit concert for Meals On Wheels San Francisco. VIP reception at 6pm. 6-10:30pm. $20-100. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

Craig Jessup will bewitch, bother and bewilder audiences Dec. 4 at 142 Throckmorton.

12/04: Beaufunk and Sista Monica Parker Rancho Debut. 8:30pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. ranchonicasio.com 12/04: Pamela Joy 7-10pm. Free. Rickey’s, 250 Entrade Drive, Noavato. 883-5952. www.rickeysrestaurant.com

Concerts 12/04-05: Chamber Ensemble Concert Pieces for small ensembles from the Baroque to 20th Century. Call 485-9460 for program information. 7:30-8:30pm. $5-15. College of Marin, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. www.marin.edu

12/04: Craig Jessup Sings Rodgers and Hart “Funny Valentine.” 8pm. $20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 12/04: Marin Girls Chorus “Moonlight, Candlelight, Music to Celebrate the Season.” 7pm. $15. First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington

Road, San Anselmo. 785-7917. www. marinchorus.org

12/04: Shakuhachi Flute Concert “Blowing Zen.” John Singer, shakuhachi. 7:30-9pm. $15. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191. www.zenflute.com

dance, sacred serpent slide show and book reading. 7:30-9:30pm. $10. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 479-3892. www.goddesswork.com

12/04: RoCo Youth Dance Company “Bodylanguage” An

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evening of contemporary dance by choreographers, Annie Rosenthal Parr, Daisy Stoloff and Alison De Oliviera. 8-9pm. $7-12. RoCo Dance, 237 Shoreline Hwy., Mill Valley. 407-1571. www.rocodance.com

11/28: Snake Goddess Dance Le’ema Kathleen Graham presents a Minoan Snake Goddess

Theater/Auditions Through 12/06: Boom Comedy about the end of

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the world by award-winning Marin native Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. Directed by Ryan Rilette. $20-51. Marin

The history of holidays It seems for as long as we can remember, people have been celebrating things: fire, the full moon, harvest season, birthdays, anniversaries—and holidays. Even the Marin History Museum is in on it, hosting its annual HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE to celebrate the season and the current exhibit, “Growing the Future: Farming Families in Marin.” Revelers can enjoy complimentary admission to the exhibit, holiday Buggy parking is going to be murder. carols and general cheer, as well as hors d’oeuvres, wine, a gift raffle and other such things. All ages are welcome and admission is free (along with free parking at Westamerica Bank and Circle Bank at Fifth and B streets). So who are we to skip out on the festivities? 5-8pm Dec. 3 at Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St., San Rafael. Info: Call 415/454-8538 or visit online at www.marinhistory.org.—Samantha Campos

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11/27: Go Kat Go 7-10pm. Free. Rickey’s, 250

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Panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at the Corte Madera Town Center on Dec. 1 from 2 to 7pm. Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org Through 12/06: The Miracle Worker Tony Award-winning play based on the life of Helen Keller. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm.; Sunday Nov. 29, Dec. 6 at 2pm.; Thursday Dec. 3. 7:30pm. 8-10pm. $15-25. Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555 . www.rossvalleyplayers.com

Comedy 11/27: Jay Alexander’s Carnival of the Mind Comedy and magic. $20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

tion “Out of the Fire: Clay and Glass from the Association of Clay and Glass Artists” presents clay and glass sculpture, as well as functional objects using highly innovative themes and techniques. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

Through 01/03:‘Picks: New Weaving and Textile Art’ Tamalpais Weavers Guild members showcase varieties of textile manipulation. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/

Through 01/03: Nina Leva Photography Exhibit “Face of a Child:” Black and white images of surprising moments from children’s calm reflection, exploration and peacefulness. Free. Rustic Bakery, 1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 302-1017. www.ninaleva.com

Through 01/04: Maeve Croghan Exhibit

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Expressionist Paintings. Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm. Free. Marin Jewelers Guild, 1331 4th St., San Rafael. 868-1425. www.marinjewelersguild.com

11/27-29: Point Reyes Thanksgiving Open Studios Self-guided tour to over 20 artists’

Through 01/06: Fine Art Photography

studios in the Point Reyes area. Brochures with maps are available at local retailers or at www. pointreyesart.com. 11am-5pm. Free. Point Reyes Open Studio, Point Reyes Station. 663-9646. www. pointreyesart.com 11/28-12/31: AWD Small Works Annual Small Works exhibit, featuring works of art under 18 inches. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org

12/01-01/30: Devil Digit Finishing School Exhibition of contemporary embroidery by Caroline Marcum Dahl. Opening reception Dec. 1, 5-7pm. Free. Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. www.carolinedahl.com 12/01-18: Mia Brown Opening reception Dec. 1, 5-7pm Mia uses a head wand to produce paintings, scarves, bookmarks, and cards. 10am4pm. Free. Casa Allegra Community Services, 35 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 8, San Rafael. 479-2210. www.casaallegra.org

12/04-06: West California Pottery Studio 30th Annual Sale The cooperative studio produces a wide variety of ceramic art including tableware, vases, wall compositions, and sculptures. Refreshments will be served. 10am-4pm. Free. West California Pottery Studio, 1115 West California Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941. 381-2695.

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Marin Photography Club Exhibit. 2-5pm Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 382-0245. www.uumarin.org Through 01/08:‘Movement’ Charles Fox, large scale black and white photographs. 3-5pm. Commonweal, 451 Mesa Road, Bolinas, CA. 868-0970. www.commonweal.org

Through 01/13: Jane Calender Art Exhibit Oil paintings of Marin County & California Coastline. 1-7pm. Free. Ross Valley Winery, 343 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 457-5157. www.janecalender.com

Through 01/17: Marin Art School presents 2009 Student Show Art of adult students of the Marin Art School in Novato showcased in this exhibit which can be seen by those attending events at the Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium. Not an exhibit open daily. 8-10pm. Free. Redwood Foyer Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6014. www.marinarts.org

Through 02/28: “A Thousand Years of Southwestern Pottery” Pottery exhibit. Traditions born centuries ago still live in this vital art form. Tues.-Sat. Noon-4pm. $5 Marin Museum of the American Indian, 2200 Novato Blvd., Novato. 897-4064. www.marinindian. com Through 11/29: Art by MOT Paintings, Cartoons and Wooden Toys. 10-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir

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Oh, yes we can-can!

You know that one house on your block that gets really crazy with holiday decorations— whether it’s Halloween, Christmas or Labor Day? While you may mock them as you drive toward your unadorned mid-century abode, you secretly admire your spirited neighbors’ creativity and joie de vivre, and wonder what sort of gaiety and fun awaits beyond their borders. Well, the 31st GREAT DICKENS CHRISTMAS FAIR is that crazy neighbor, only with 100,000 square feet of exhibition halls that are magically transformed into the winding lanes, shoppes, theatres, stages and pubs of Victorian London in perhaps the most elaborate and quintessentially old-fashioned, fairest Christmas fair of all. From Old Father Christ- The Dickens Fair dancers will raise Scrooge’s mas, a hand-powered carousel, Punch & Judy spirits this season. puppet shows for the kiddies to rum cakes, sugar plums, roasted chestnuts and a delightfully risqué can-can for the grownups—all the goods are there and ready for the partaking! Opens Nov. 27; 11am-7pm Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20 at the Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., San Francisco. Tickets and info: Visit online at www.dickensfair.com or call 800/510-1558.—SC

Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 ext.252. www. sgvcc.org

2-5pm. Free. Linda Penzur Gallery, 71 Redhill Ave., San Anselmo. 457-4079. www.jocelynknight.com

Through 11/29: Quilts by Carol Hunt Maurice Del Mue Galleries. 10-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 . www.sgvcc.org

Talks/Lectures

Through 11/29: Small Treasures Exhibition and Sale Art by artists of MarinMOCA priced

Bay Model, 1.5-acre operating hydraulic model of the SF Bay & Delta. Watch the tides ebb & flood as you learn how the model of the Bay helps us understand the complexity of our waterways. 1:30-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/

right for holiday gift-giving. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www.marinmoca.org

Through 12/01:‘The Works’ and ‘A Place in My Heart’ Collection of works by artist Bill Dempster and by Laura Saunders. 11am-6pm. Free. elsewhere gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. www.elsewhere.com Through 12/03:‘New Exhibitions’ “21st Annual Invitational Mini Show.” Works of more than 85 Bay Area artists no larger than 6x6x6. Sales benefit the museum. Also, “Michael Garlington,” Photographs and “Chris Hellman,” Watercolors Noon-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www.bolinasmuseum.org Through 12/03: Anna Petranich Pastel works. Free. Belvedere/Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 479-4176.

Through 12/10:‘Ripples’- Exhibit Featuring the Power of Water Art exhibit with water themes presented by the Marin Arts Council showcasing the art works of Kay Russell, Peter Ballinger, Susan Black, Mary Blake, Patricia Lawrence, Lynette Porteous and Liz Schiff. 9-5pm. Free. Marin County Civic Center, 1st and 3rd Floor Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 329, San Rafael. 499-8350, Ext. 362. www.marinarts.org Through 12/11:‘The Vast Remainder’ Exhibition of figurative paintings by Fairfax based artist Jeffrey Palladini. 6-9pm Free. Sam the Butcher Contemporary Art, 10 Ross Common, Ross. 902-1019. www.samthebutcherart.org Through 12/14:‘Hallelujah, Anyway!’ Installation by Nonnie Welch, Jan Davidson, Nomi Schwarzschild. 11am-6pm. Free. Spirit Matters, 12307 S.F. Drake Blvd., Point Reyes. 663-8699. Through 12/31: Jocelyn Knight “Almost abstract” color photography by Jocelyn Knight.

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11/29: Wisdom Using The Enneagram The Enneagram describes nine personality drives within all people. In this workshop, you will learn how to discern which you are. 6:309:30pm. $5-20. Novato Oaks Inn, 215 Alameda Del Prado, Novato. (650) 349-2651. www.tinyurl. com/RAHM-Enneagram

12/02: Marin Coalition Luncheon with Jared Huffman Huffman will speak on healthcare and topics of his choice. Reservation required. 11:30am-1:30pm. $20. Rickey’s, 250 Entrada Drive, Novato. 454-8877. www.marincoalition.com 12/02: Treasure Hunting in Egypt Julia Geist gives an illustrated talk called “Rediscovering Tutankhamun: Amateurs, Tourists, Looters and Archaeologists.” 1-2pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 485-3321.

12/03: Conversations with Eco-Innovators: Food and Farming on the Urban Edge With Dr. Whendee Silver, UC, Berkeley; Jeff Creque and John Wick, Marin Carbon Project; and Bob Berner, Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT). 6:30-7:30pm. $15. Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 561-3560. www.instituteatgoldengate.org 12/03: Frances Dinkelspiel The author will discuss her great-great grandfather, Isaias Hellman’s influence in the history of California as an entrepreneur and financier. Refreshments. 1pm. Free. Outdoor Art Club, One Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 381-9586.

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12/02: Fred Rosenbaum and Frances Dinkelspiel Rosenbaum (â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cosmopolitans: A Social and Cultural History of S.F. Bay Area Jewsâ&#x20AC;?) and Dinkelspiel, (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Towers of Goldâ&#x20AC;?) explore the personalities and stories of local Jews who shaped our world. 6pm. $12-15. Marin Osher Jewish Community Center, San Rafael. 444-8000. www.marinjcc.org 12/02: Norman Fischer â&#x20AC;&#x153;Questions/ Places/ Voices/Seasons.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/03: Peter Beren â&#x20AC;&#x153;California the Beautiful,â&#x20AC;? featuring the photography of the late Galen Rowell. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 12/04: Rebecca Katz â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com

Film Events 11/27-12/03:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Red Cliffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Historical spectacle tells the story of a legendary battle in 208 A.D. that marked the end of the Han Dynasty. Directed by John Woo. $5.50-10. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org 11/29:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Modern Timesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Charlie Chaplinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1936 masterwork screened in a restored 35mm print. Noon. Free. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. www.cafilm.org 12/01:Tiburon International Film Festival â&#x20AC;&#x153;Airplay: The Rise & Fall of Rock Radio.â&#x20AC;? Documentary. 6-7:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. army.mil/bmvc/ 12/04:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;An American Coupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; From the producers of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Loose Change.â&#x20AC;? Asks tough questions about our

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) On Thursday, your ruler (Mars) is in the friendly sign of Leo. You’re ready for good company and great food. And, since expansive Jupiter is in your house of friends, the company is arriving nonstop. With curious Mercury and the illuminating Sun in your house of knowledge, you want to spend the remainder of the week exploring and learning. Go ahead. Venture forth with a turkey sandwich and a map.

TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) No one is as “thankful” for Thanksgiving as you are—a day when the entire country is expected to eat lots of rich food, relax in front of the TV, take a nap, then get up and start eating again. What could be more comforting? By Sunday, the home-loving Moon has moved into your sign. Now it’s just you, the TV, the fridge and whatever leftovers you hid while everyone else was napping.

GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Your restless ruler (Mercury) continues his journey through Sagittarius (the “let’s see the world” sign). You probably have invited every foreign friend you have to come and experience an American Thanksgiving with you. On Tuesday, a mushy full Moon is in your sign while sensuous Venus is in your relationship house. Now you have ideas for that leftover whipped cream in your fridge, right?

CANCER (June 21 - July 21) There is a significant amount of fiery energy over the Thanksgiving weekend, but this doesn’t mean you have to hide away. Instead, feel free to take charge. Responsible Saturn is in your house of domestic skills. Whether you’re cooking or not, you are playing host. You make sure the drinks are in easy reach, the football fans can see the television and everyone is well fed. You rule. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Any sort of holiday is OK by you, but you really love the ones where you can be generous. You are brilliant at turning a dinner into something really special. Which is why your cranberries are steeped in expensive cognac, the stuffing is made with genuine truffles and the Champagne is French. On Tuesday, lovable Venus joins the party in your house of romance. Now where did you put that remaining bottle of Champagne? VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) The confident Sun and chatty Mercury (your ruler) are in the upbeat sign of Sagittarius for the week. Your mood is quite optimistic, which possibly causes you to attempt an extremely delicious, but complicated, dish for the Thanksgiving feast. Your domestic adventures continue for the remainder of the week with imaginative results. Hmm. I love the new holiday lighting around the toilet...

LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) You aren’t quite sure whether you should be the voice of reason or give in to an urge to play the clown on Thanksgiving. Since you will have to deal with someone who has control issues and no sense of humor, perhaps reason is a better choice. On Tuesday, your ruler (Venus) leaves the obsessive sign of Scorpio to enter the upbeat sign of Sagittarius. Clowning around is now inevitable.

SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Although you love your privacy, you may not have that option this Thanksgiving weekend. Upbeat Jupiter is making your home the place to be. Fortunately, the elegant planet Venus brings out your charm while the extravagant Sun brings out your generosity. Sunday and Monday’s sensuous Taurus Moon lights up your relationship house. Make sure all your guests have departed before you and your sweetie get started. Especially the ones with camera phones... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Put some candles in the pumpkin pie. We are all thankful for you as well as the Thanksgiving feast. Your ruler (idealistic Jupiter) moves closer to mystical Neptune, making your upcoming year one of magical experiences and enhanced intuition. Focus on realizing your dreams—especially the ones without a price tag. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) The sensitive Moon in your house of memories for Thanksgiving makes you unavoidably sentimental. If your dinner guests start to look a little glassy-eyed, you’re either pouring too much Champagne or telling too many childhood stories. Sunday and Monday are days to indulge in creative pursuits. You football fans will have to work on your art projects during halftime. Try not to spill paint on the nachos, please.

AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) The moon in your sociability house makes it fun to hang out with a crowd on Thanksgiving. But, after the holiday, you need to face the truth. It’s time to let your sweetie be independent. Why should you always get to be the detached one? Actually, both of you are feeling a desire for freedom. You’re not necessarily ready to end things, but doesn’t a day or two apart sound interesting? Assuming you can drop off the kids at Grandma’s... PISCES (February 18 - March 19) You’re feeling a bit rebellious and resistant to tradition this Thanksgiving. Hence the chocolate chips in your homemade stuffing. Meanwhile, celestial energies continue to highlight your career as the creative Sun and motivating Mars fire up your ambitions through Monday. Then, on Tuesday, seductive Venus steps in to suggest all work and no play makes Pisces a dull fish. Suddenly multitasking takes on a whole new meaning... < E-mail Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her Web site at www.lyndarayastrology.com 38 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 3, 2009

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122343 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SMITH PACIFIC CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN, 224 KENT AVENUE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904: PETER R. SMITH, 224 KENT AVENUE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 27, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122271 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NEWCOURT PROPERTIES, 591 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RAYMOND HOFFMAN III, 591 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941; MARK GORJESTANI, 4230 VIA MIRA MONTE, CALABASAS, CA 91301; LISA GORJESTANI, 4230 VIA MIRA MONTE, CALABASAS, CA 91301; VICTORIA HOFFMAN, 138 WEST MILBRAE SPRINGS, ORO VALLEY, AZ 85737. This business is being conducted by a General Partnership. Registrant(s) began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 10, 1988. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on Ocotber 16, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122226 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ADVANCED ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, 260 MONTE VISTA, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: CALIFORNIA ENV. SERVICES, INC., 260 MONTE VISTA, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 1997. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 14, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 6, 13,20, 27, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122355 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KENTFIELD LENDING GROUP, 300 TAMAL PLAZA, #180, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: JUSTIN SEELEY, 612 WATEREE STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 28, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122371 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as UNITED HUE, 2 CEDARWOOD LANE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: WORKREATIVE LLC, 2 CEDARWOOD LANE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 29, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122389 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TIME FOR ME, 1115 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BOULEVARD, #11, KENTFIELD, CA 94904: PAMELA M. MCHENRY, 1115 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BOULEVARD, #11, KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 2, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122322 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN FOUR SOFTBALL CLUB, 4 CIELO LANE, #1-J, NOVATO, CA 94949: BRADLEY FRANCISCO LUCCHI, 4 CIELO LANE, #1-J, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 23, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 22, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2009)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122395 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SEA THAI BISTRO, 60 CORTE MADERA AVENUE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: ACHARA THONGSILP, 1987 PINER COURT, SANTA ROSA, CA 95403. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 2, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122405 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LAS NELAS AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD, 1704 LINCOLN AVENUE, #4, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIA DE LOS ANGELES ABOYTES, 1704 LINCOLN AVENUE, #4, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 3, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122415 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RC TOY SHOP, 5800 NORTHGATE MALL, SUITE C-12, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ALPTEKIN CAKIRCALI, 830 SARATOGA AVENUE, APT. C-109, SAN JOSE, CA 95129. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 4, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122353 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as A LOVING TOUCH CARE HOME II, 310 GOLDEN HIND PASSAGE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: EDG HEALTHCARE OF CORTE MADERA, INC., 45 MERIAM DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 28, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122404 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ECKERT & ZIEGLER CNL SCIENTIFIC RESOURCES, 24937 AVE TIBBITTS, VALENCIA, CA 91355: ECKERT & ZIEGLER ISOTOPE PRODUCTS, INC., 24937 AVE TIBBITTS, VALENCIA, CA 91355. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 3, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122219 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SHORELINE TREE & LANDSCAPE SERVICE, 5434 GARVIN AVENUE, RICHMOND, CA 94805: TIM LOWRY, 5434 GARVIN AVENUE, RICHMOND, CA 94805. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 1990. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 13, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122449 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MEDICAL DENTAL CONCEPTS, 15 WOODSIDE WAY, ROSS, CA 94957: PETER F. CHASE, D.D.S., INC., 15 WOODSIDE WAY, ROSS, CA 94957. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 2, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 9, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 13, 20, 27; December 4, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122472 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LITHOS BIO, 383 PINEHILL ROAD, APT. “D”, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RICK HOLMES, 383 PINEHILL ROAD, APT. “D”, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 12, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 12, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122481 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CHARLIE’S MAINTENANCE AND CARPET CLEANING, 125 LARKSPUR STREET, SUITE 206, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CARLOS E. VALENTIN, 128 BARBAREE WAY, TIBURON, CA 94920; TRISHA MORENO, 5229 FRESNO STREET, #”B”, RICHMOND, CA 94804. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 13, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122382 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TECH HELP MARIN, 18 GOLDEN HIND PASSAGE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: JAMES B. JOHNSTONE, 18 GOLDEN HIND PASSAGE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 30, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122344 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HAPPY NAILS & HAIR, 6 CALIFORNIA AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KIM NGOC THI BUI, 5034 SAN PABLO DAM ROAD, #10, EL SOBRANTE, CA 94803. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 27, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122476 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DOG PLAY AFTERNOON, 807 VIA CASITAS, ROSS, CA 94904: CYNTHIA K. JACKSON, 807 VIA CASITAS, ROSS, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 12, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122335 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as REBOUND BOOKSTORE, 1611 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TONI PAULETTE LABORI, 1611 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 26, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) STATEMENT OF WITHDRAWAL OF GENERAL PARTNER. The undersigned hereby certifies that he/she has withdrawn on the date shown as general partner from the conduct of business under said Fictitious Business Name. WITHDRAWAL NUMBER: 201119. DATE OF WITHDRAWAL: October 22, 2009. ORIGINAL FBN NUMBER: 2005106496. ORIGINAL DATE FILED: July 6, 2005. COUNTY WHERE FILED: Marin. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME(S): Rebound Bookstore, 1511 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. NAME OF WITHDRAWING PARTNER: Joel D. Eis, 251 â œDâ ù Street, San Rafael, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on October 23, 2009. (Pacific Sun: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122388 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE JB INTERNATIONAL FUNDS, 495 MILLER AVENUE, SUITE #305, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: THOMAS E. COOPER, 10 RICHMOND ROAD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 15, 2009. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 2, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122313 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ECOHOME FOR YOU, 15 EL PAVO

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 38 REAL CIRCLE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: DIANE RUTH RAMSEY, 15 EL PAVO REAL CIRCLE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 22, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 20, 27; December 4, 11, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122518 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AUNG MINGALAR, 838 SIR FRANCES DRAKE BOULEVARD, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: NATHAN GEE WONG, 2442 39TH AVENUE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94116. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 18, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122500-01;02. The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WOODLANDS KITCHEN, 735 COLLEGE AVENUE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904; WOODLANDS FLORAL, 735 COLLEGE AVENUE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904.: THE WOODLANDS STORE, INC., 802 COLLEGE AVENUE, SUITE 101, KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 17, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122522 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN PAWS, 300 LINCOLN VILLAGE CIRCLE, #222, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: CHELSEA SCHWARTZ, 300 LINCOLN VILLAGE CIRCLE, #222, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 31, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 19, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122516 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ART CENTER II, 11-A BELLE AVENUE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: MARGUERITE C. BROWN, 28 OAK CREST DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 18, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122529 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JECONTE, 727 SPRING STREET, APT. “A”, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: JOSEPH A. CONTE, 727 SPRING STREET, APT. “A”, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 19, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122539 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LUMINOUS SKINCARE & BODY WAXING, 935 SIR FRANCES DRAKE BOULEVARD, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: SONIA M. DASILVA COWDREY, 30 VIA BELARDO, #12, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 23, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2009122543 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ART STEPS, 30 LAURELWOOD COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HOLLY C. KUHLMAN, 30 LAURELWOOD COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 23, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122392 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ARO MACHA CONSTRUCTION, 1745 CLEMENT STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121: MICHAEL G. KANE, 1745 CLEMENT STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94121. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 2, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122554 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALCOS COLONIAL MARKET, 212 TAMALPAIS DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: AUGUSTINE T. CHEMPARATHY, 19 RED ARROW COURT, EL SOBRANTE, CA 94803; LYZA AUGUSTINE, 19 RED ARROW COURT, EL SOBRANTE, CA 94803. This business is being conducted by a Husband & Wife. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in January 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 24, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122553 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PALEDL, 20 ESMEYER DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ERNEST DAVID LINDSTROM, 20 ESMEYER DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; PEGGY ANN LINDSTROM, 20 ESMEYER DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a Husband & Wife. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 1, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 24, 2009. (Publication Dates: November 27; Decmeber 4, 11, 18, 2009)

997 All Other Legals PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. In accordance with the provisions of the California Business and Professional Code, there being due an unpaid storage charge for which the Terra Linda Mini Storage is entitled to a lien on the goods hereafter described and due notice been given to parties known to claim an interest therein and the time specified in such notice for payment of such having expired, notice is hereby given that these goods will be sold at public auction at TERRA LINDA MINI STORAGE, 4290-B REDWOOD HIGHWAY, SAN RAFAEL, 94903 AT 11:00 A.M., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2009. The public is invited to attend. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The following items to be sold consist of household goods and personal effects. Name of owner is followed by lot number. JOHN PETRAN: UNIT #216; JOHN PETRAN: UNIT #325. (Pacific Sun: November 27; December 4, 2009) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 095945. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MARIO GALLEGOS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MARIO GALLEGOS to KRISTEN LIMON. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: January 6, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. H, Room H, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: November 24, 2009 /s/ JOHN A. SUTRO, JR., JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 27; December 4, 11, 18, 2009)

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Q:

At a recent dinner, the hostess’s cousin rudely spent most of the evening thumbing through his BlackBerry. Upon returning home, I received an e-mail from an acquaintance: “How was dinner at Elaine’s?” When I asked how he knew I was there, he said Elaine’s cousin had Twittered my presence. (I’m known for my business accomplishments, but I’m a private person, and felt violated.) Days later, I dined with an old business colleague, and got Twittered again. I came home to four forwarded e-mails he’d received from our former colleagues, one of whom invented an anecdote painting us as great friends. (He’d actually tried to get me fired.) Again, I felt my privacy had been violated. What are the rules here, for the Twitterer and their unwitting victim?—Publicized

A:

Suddenly, everybody’s internationally famous. Not because they write like Cormac McCarthy, are co-starring with Robert De Niro or saved 30 people’s lives, but because they posted a 30-second clip of their dog wearing sunglasses. We’ve come to the point where everyone—from assassins and terrorists to 8-year-olds—has in their pocket a level of telecommunications power that, just decades ago, would have taken up an entire wing at MIT. This is simultaneously thrilling and terrible. The average person now has the power to expose injustice, ruin lives and upload video of you picking your nose in your car. If you’re a movie star, spare us the whine that you can’t make tens of millions of dollars on a movie and also pick up a quart of milk without having 100 lenses trained on you to see whether you go for skim or 2 percent. But, as an ordinary (or relatively ordinary) citizen at a private dinner party, you do have the expectation of privacy. Sure, assume people might tell a friend or two something you said, but nobody has the right to release your whereabouts and dinner conversation to your friends, enemies and five utter strangers who now get mobile broadband on their houseboat in Belarus. In the absence of social norms for device use and abuse, many people with these wireless binkies are essentially chimps with nukes. But, the root of manners is empathy—stepping away from yourself and your gadget and asking, “Wait... is there some tiny chance in hell this guy doesn’t want his whereabouts published for an international audience?” Unfortunately, the thumb jockey at Elaine’s dinner apparently leapt straight to “Hmmm, he seems important...if I tweet about him, I’ll seem important!” Just as we’re forced to ask grown adults barking into cell phones to “please use your inside voice,” we need to get proactive about our privacy. Because it’s presumptuous to set policy for a party you aren’t giving, you might tell future hosts about your experiences with these antisocial networkers—hinting at the need to announce a “what happens at dinner stays at dinner” media embargo. Guests will have to satisfy themselves with being rude in old-fashioned ways— hogging the mashed potatoes, passing gas and rummaging through the host’s medicine chest.

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Twenty-five years ago, when I was 18, I had a several-month affair with an older married woman, ending when I met my wife. The woman’s still with her husband, who still hates me. My wife knows nothing about the affair, but we live in a small town and are starting to run into these two at parties. Should I reveal any of this to our mutual friends? It would make things less awkward when we’re all together.—Boy Toy Of Yore

A:

Yes, nothing to make small-town life less socially awkward than standing up at some event, clinking your glass with a butter knife and announcing, “Guess whose wife I had sex with!” Come on, what you’re really interested in lessening is your load of guilt by opening up a really old can of worms and passing them around at parties. Sorry, Kitten. Part of the job description of being a 43-year-old man is living with your mistakes—terrible as it must be, getting the occasional squinty-eye or cold shoulder from the guy who came home to your acid-washed jeans on his bedroom floor. < (c), Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. www.advicegoddess.com. Got a problem? E-mail AdviceAmy@aol.com or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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