One of the things I like to do when I need a little break is to look at the search terms people use to find this blog. The top 10 are pretty predictable by now – number one is almost always “a better oakland,” followed by something like “better oakland blog.” “v smoothe” always makes it on the list, and one or two variations of “recall Dellums,” usually something about crime or “oakland most violent,” lately some election related searches, and every single day, guaranteed, something about Flora.
Yawn. I’m more interested in the less popular searches. I wish I’d kept a catalog of my favorites over time, because there have been some real doozies. But here are some of my favorites from the past week. They range from the practical to the very, very silly:
west oakland grocery store
Sorry, you’re out of luck. Take two buses to Emeryville.
city of oakland publice works teen center crime plagued disaster waste of money dangerous for kids
You’re thinking of Campbell Village.
stupidest law ever
Actually, I don’t think Oakland is guilty of that one. That crown goes to Canonsburg, PA, where the Mayor banned outdoor grilling for air quality reasons (although he repealed the order less than a day later). Speaking of stupid laws, you guys heard Chicago repealed their foie gras ban?
things to make you puke
In the interest of being more civil, I’ve discontinued use of this tag.
Not a clue.
hillary clinton sobbing
Again, not sure why this led to me. Or why someone is searching for that.
illegal artists stealing precious industrial land
Max, care to weigh in on this one?
And my absolute favorite, and the whole reason I decided to write this post today (besides, of course, the fact that I’m too busy to write a real blog):
so you think you can hoop, desley brooks?
Well Desley, do you?
Tune in next week for a return to real posting.