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NOTES ON THE VALLEY

There should be no barriers to getting an education

I’m one of the lucky ones in that I graduated college without any debt. I worked a few jobs throughout college, but the real reason I graduated without debt was...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Aug. 31, 2022
Last comment by Gary Ulrich, on Sep 7, 2022 at 7:15 am | 16 comments | 2358 Views

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Gun controls won't solve everything, but we must start there

When I saw the very first news alert about a possible shooting in Uvalde I scrolled right past it. I have started feeling desensitized to the news around shootings....

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Jun. 1, 2022
Last comment by JJ, on Jun 12, 2022 at 4:52 pm | 13 comments | 3312 Views

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Where our water goes

Another year, another drought. Last Tuesday the Pleasanton City Council voted to enact Stage 2 drought water rates for the city. This will result in an extra charge...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Apr. 13, 2022
Last comment by Erlinda , on Apr 20, 2022 at 9:33 am | 12 comments | 5578 Views

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Learning to appreciate art

This past weekend I found myself back in Chicago. My partner and I flew out to go to a friend's wedding and we ended up spending a few days there. On our final day...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Oct. 20, 2022
Last comment by newyearwiki, on Nov 15, 2022 at 4:50 am | 7 comments | 1872 Views

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Now we're cooking with gas

As I’ve gotten more into cooking over the past few years, I’ve fallen in love with gas stoves. After years of using old electric stoves I felt like my eyes were...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Jan. 25, 2023
Last comment by DKHSK, on Jan 30, 2023 at 10:40 am | 6 comments | 1152 Views

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I felt the earth move

Last Tuesday I was in my company’s San Francisco location on a fluke. I rarely visit, but on that particular day I was meeting up with an old co-worker who...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Nov. 2, 2022
Last comment by Jennifer, on Nov 4, 2022 at 1:34 pm | 5 comments | 1857 Views

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Celebrating Diwali

This past weekend my partner, family and I went to a community Diwali event hosted down in San Jose. Due to travel, I wasn’t able to make the celebration in Pleasanton...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Oct. 26, 2022
Last comment by ravanza, on Oct 28, 2022 at 9:54 am | 4 comments | 1602 Views

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Why this district attorney race matters

There has never been an election like the one we are going to have on June 7th. Four candidates are running for Alameda County District Attorney, and none of them...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on May. 18, 2022
Last comment by Malcolm Hex, on May 21, 2022 at 3:49 pm | 4 comments | 3309 Views

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Beating the heat

Last week my wife flew out to Ohio to meet up with some close college friends at a lake house. Having this long weekend to myself, I had originally planned a camping...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Sep. 7, 2022
Last comment by John, on Sep 10, 2022 at 2:24 pm | 3 comments | 1767 Views

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Dealing with change

When Jeremy Walsh and Gina Channell Wilcox from Embarcadero Media approached me about the opportunity to write a weekly blog for the Tri-Valley on a topic of my...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Mar. 16, 2022
Last comment by Praveen, on Mar 20, 2022 at 7:04 pm | 3 comments | 5180 Views

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A picnic by Lake Chabot

It was my birthday this past weekend and my partner had an idea of throwing a small party. I’m normally not one to make a big deal out of birthdays, however my...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Sep. 28, 2022
Last comment by Lucy, on Sep 30, 2022 at 3:35 pm | 3 comments | 2143 Views

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Memories of July 4th

The first fireworks show I remember watching was on my parent’s Magnavox tube television. We huddled around the 27 inch screen on July 4th to witness our very...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Jul. 6, 2022
Last comment by Cal Morton, on Jul 11, 2022 at 12:40 pm | 3 comments | 3423 Views

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Take a hike

Over the pandemic my partner and I got sick of being stuck inside all day. A few months in we made a pact. We would go on at least one outdoor...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Apr. 20, 2022
Last comment by Butler, on Apr 22, 2022 at 10:29 am | 2 comments | 5003 Views

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Driving from St. Louis to Chicago with my brother

Last week I flew to St. Louis to help my brother move to Chicago. Earlier this year he got into medical school at Loyola which was quite unfortunate for me. It solidified...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Jul. 27, 2022
Last comment by Joe V, on Jul 28, 2022 at 5:56 pm | 2 comments | 2166 Views

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Rekindling my love for Indian movies

I recently watched the uber popular Telegu film RRR and it was one of the most entertaining experiences I’ve had all year. Director S.S. Rajamouli’s...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Aug. 10, 2022
Last comment by Enrique, on Aug 11, 2022 at 11:26 am | 2 comments | 2340 Views

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Back to earth

Last year, as spring rolled around, my partner had the brilliant idea of starting a garden. We had just come back from the farmers market and were...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Mar. 30, 2022
Last comment by Jennifer, on Mar 31, 2022 at 2:23 pm | 1 comment | 4171 Views

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Wine about it

I’ve never been a wine guy. The world of wine can be intimidating and overwhelming for those who are not familiar with it. With so many different varietals, regions,...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Dec. 7, 2022
Last comment by DublinMike, on Dec 10, 2022 at 9:48 am | 1 comment | 1659 Views

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Something brewing in the Tri-Valley

For me, there's only one thing better than enjoying a cold beer with friends on a hot summer day. Enjoying a cold beer in a heated home with friends when it’s...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Dec. 14, 2022
Last comment by Karl A, on Dec 14, 2022 at 9:26 am | 1 comment | 1892 Views

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An end of year reflection

As this year draws to a close, I figure now is as good a time as any to reflect on the past year. I started this blog series back in the middle of March not really...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Dec. 21, 2022
Last comment by Pton Resident, on Dec 26, 2022 at 8:18 am | 1 comment | 2172 Views

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Return to office

When remote work first started, I remember I promised myself that I would never be one of those guys who showed up to a meeting in pajamas. Two years later I found...

Original post made by Monith Ilavarasan on Jun. 29, 2022
Last comment by eledge, on Jul 3, 2022 at 6:27 pm | 1 comment | 3691 Views
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