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By Monith Ilavarasan

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About this blog: My parents, brother, and I moved to Pleasanton when I was in the seventh grade. I then graduated from Amador Valley High School, went to college at UC Davis and started out a career in tech. After several years working in large co...  (More)

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From beans to bargaining: Baristas organize for unionization
Apr 19, 2023 7:12 am
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It took me a few months to finally try out the espresso machine at work. Right next to the drip coffee brewed once at seven in the morning is a beautiful Simonelli... More
That other basketball team in northern California
Apr 12, 2023 7:23 am
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This past weekend I joined a group of friends and drove up to Sacramento to watch a Kings - Warriors game. All but two of our group were Warriors fans. I was the... More
Check out the superblooms this spring
Apr 5, 2023 7:33 am
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One of the key reasons I love living in the Bay Area is its lack of monsoons. Heavy rains and winds over the past few months have me second guessing this love. If... More
College textbooks 101
Mar 29, 2023 7:34 am
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While I loved reading growing up, books were the bane of my existence in college. I went to a college which operated on the quarter system. Three times every year... More
The sticker shock from electricity bills
Mar 22, 2023 8:17 am
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As a kid power outages were an exciting experience. My parents would light candles throughout the house and it would feel like we were on a mystical adventure. As... More
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