Adventures in JournaLIZm: October 11, 2017

Nothing makes me quite as happy as when someone tells me they read my blog. But when they help me with it? My heart basically bursts with joy. I’ve been struggling with what to call my weekly roundups of my writing for the Town Crier for a little while now, waiting for a better thing to call them.

At Monday’s SJSU practice, I was having some Real Talk with the team about what it would take to qualify, including a shameless plug of West Coast Bias because teams like Utah State and NAU are the teams we need to beat if the Spartans want to qualify for US Quidditch at regionals instead of hoping for an at-large bid.

I also mentioned my difficulty in trying to find a clever title for this series when one of our chasers, Mike, came up with something so simple that I’m shocked I hadn’t thought of it myself. “You should call it journaLIZm,” he said.

So I did.

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West Coast Bias: Crimson Cup & Chandra College Cup

I didn’t write anything last night because I was chatting with my partner in podcast crime instead. Ryan Smythe and I podcast together pretty regularly anyway, so we decided to make it official. Check out the first episode of West Coast Bias here.

Byline Brag: October 4, 2017

Ugh, I am still recovering from last night’s four-hour city council meeting. Nothing like settling in for the long haul after you see that the one thing you’re covering is the last on a long agenda.

But that’s a story for next week. This week: I was on the front page!

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Byline Brag: September 27, 2017

While I’m normally the editor of the Schools and Business & Real Estate sections, this week I was responsible for three sections. Last week was my first time running our Your Home section, which usually runs every last week of the month.

Scrambling to fill three sections had me freaked out at first, especially since I didn’t have anything from our usual columnists. But by the end of the week, I managed to pull it off. Bring on October; I already have it scheduled.

Your Home

Any day I can comment on the craziness that is the Bay Area housing market is a good day.

If you don’t know what an Eichler home is, think Midcentury Modern. Think Mad Men. Think clean lines and lots of glass. You get the picture. If not, then here’s a picture:

Eichler Plan

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Liz, what do houses designed and built before your parents came to America have to do with today’s housing market? Aren’t you just stretching so you can get on your soapbox?”

Well, Eichler’s vision of inclusiveness didn’t stop at trying to bring the outside into the home with open designs and glass everywhere. He built for the middle class. He built for everyone. He had a nondiscrimination policy back when other developers were trying to keep minorities out of the neighborhoods they were building. That was many angle.

And now his homes sell for millions and are sought after by collectors. That’s Silicon Valley irony for you.

Read more about Eichler Homes: Modernism for the Masses here.

Schools

It was a bit of a slow news week for schools (unlike this week, which has had me running around town every day), so I took two events that happened independently of each other and brought them together into something more substantial than they would have been alone. Los Altos High and Loyola Elementary hosted green commutes last week, which was the thread I used to weave these stories together.

Business & Real Estate

A local couple donated 50 million to Iowa State’s business school, which is now being named after them. Just another day in the Los Altos Hills.

Coach Mom

I spent all last season on this long journey from Spartan to Skrewt, only to have a bit of a relapse this year. Or maybe it would be better to call it a reset? I don’t have to be one or the other. I can be both. I’m still playing for and managing the Skrewts, but now I’m coaching my alma mater, too.

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