Only in Alameda …



… Can its citizens give verifiable shout-outs to their bewilderingly friendly service-industry folks. "Winston, the Safeway clerk (all-time fave)" reports one Alamedan. "Julie, from Julie's Tea Shop. Sweet, yet snarky," says another. And then: "The whole staff at Trader Joe's is consistantly bright and cheery, but especially this one great women with a little Dorothy Hamill style haircut." The love-fest is happening at's Alamedans Not-So Anonymous group — and is a nice break from the typical mud-slinging commenting that often occurs on the island's other blogs.