Letters for October 1, 2015

Urban farming rules!

Re “No lawn. No pool. Hello, urban farm” by Janelle Bitker (SN&R Feature Story, September 24):

Great article! This is an idea whose time has come! I hope that all these folks do really well and wish them all the luck in the world.

Gonzalo I. Vergara


Vinyl blows minds

Re “Give it a spin” by Lovelle Harris (SN&R 15 Minutes, September 24):

I enjoyed the 15 minutes of fame you gave to Tim Matranga and his vinyl.

If I may be so bold (as the inventor of the Doctor Who Syndrome, which is basically apologizing for terrible things you’re going to do in the future), I would like to explain why vinyl has such an appeal over the other musical mediums of today. It’s not the music. It’s not the clarity of sound. Vinyl brings each and every person who ever sat on their bedroom floor and just played records back to that time in their life when that was the one thing they actually looked forward to—as in, it used to be an occupation that if you had nothing better to do, you sat down with your friends, devoured everything that was written inside the album cover and hopefully on the record sleeve, and if you didn’t have that, then you listened to the record over and over again until you got every single word down on paper and in your head. There wasn’t a single one of us who wasn’t positive we could have played that ourselves, if only given the chance.

I shamefully admit to looking lyrics up on the Internet now, but truthfully, there was nothing so wonderful and childlike than to sit for hours with friends listening to music that blew our minds and our hearts.

Kristi Brda

Citrus Heights

Sad sampling

Re “A new island adventure” by Garrett McCord (SN&R News, September 17):

It didn’t seem like you ate a very diverse menu. No beef or pork selections? That’s very odd for Filipino food. (Oh wait, you had a skewer.) You might have had a better experience with a better planned meal. I mean, you had two kinds of adobo, no beef, no noodles—and like half the stuff you tried was desserts. I would have loved to hear more of what your companion thought about the food.

Tracy Magan



We ran the wrong photo of the New Plague in last week’s 8 Gigs show preview. Our bad! The correct photo is online.