2014 Fall Spotlight

Look Ahead. The beauty fashion forecast predicts Vintage Sophistication with a Modern Edge. On the runways you see polished skin, poetic eyes, and provocative lips. Full on femininity steps into the spotlight this Fall. Mattelier marries vintage beauty with magnetic, modern women. She’s cool. She’s captivating. She thoughtfully groomed; confident and carefree.

Fall Complexion: Fall skin needs to be velvety soft with an effortless sophistication. Sheer powders in matte and satin finishes will smooth and impart a subtle radiance with a polished luminosity to the skin for that silky youthful glow for pure complexion confidence.

All Eyes On You: This Fall stand out from the crowd with colors that make you unique. An assortment of soft burgundy’s, deep navy’s, indigo and khaki green, are in the forecast as being the new colors this Fall. Have it all-in-one with eye shadow trio’s that give you a multi-dimensional look in one convenient case. Eye Liners step it up this season with new rich navy’s that glide on oh-so-sweet. Highlight the brow by using a white highlighter right under the eyebrow to give the crest that sleek and smooth pro-look.

Focal Point: New waterproof gel eyeliners have been a hit this year with the intense staying power it provides. Now you can spice things up with new trendy Fall colors such as navy, vibrant green and velvety deep plums.

Super Volume X Lengthening Mascara’s, dramatically boosts volume, to make lashes look thicker and even more lavish than ever. The lash plumping formula coats each lash with a special long-lasting volume ingredient that won’t flake, clump or smudge and will give the lashes a wonderful defined big lash look that gets noticed.

Fall Lip Pallete’s: Volumizing lip color in matte neutrals, nude pinks and subtle reds are on the radar this Fall for it’s ultra feminine voluptuous full lip look. These new lip color formulas have a super high-impact volumizer that provides fuller lips, creamy coverage, and glossy smoothness for the ultimate charm appeal. Volumizing plumper’s leave lips lush and smoothes out lines. The long-wearing formula locks in silky color with exceptional benefits.

The Rouge will be offering complimentary Fall Spotlight Make-up Updates starting September 10th through October 31. Please make an appointment Tuesday through Saturday and discover what the new seasonal colors will do for you and uncover your place in the spotlight this Fall.

2014 Lincoln MKZ

President Lincoln once said “Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.” I won’t be surprised if this quote is posted all over the Ford – Lincoln headquarters as Ford has never given up on Lincoln and instead has breathed new life into the brand. This evolution is illuminated in the passion expressed in each of their models and shines through in the details, quality and vision.

The Lincoln models were once slightly modified clones of existing Fords, but this is clearly no longer the reality. The Lincolns of today have their own personality, styling and sexiness. They are both amazing to drive and to ogle.

The 2014 Lincoln MKZ is a pure example of how Lincoln has infused elegant design, technology and performance into one package. The 2014 MKZ represents the reinvented Lincoln in both style and substance: stunning design wrapped around intuitive, purposeful technology. The first vehicle from the dedicated Lincoln Design Studio, is the new MKZ, which sold in record numbers after arriving in dealerships earlier this year.2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

The MKZ is classified as a “mid-size” vehicle and is available in two trim variations: Base and Hybrid. “Base” does not mean “basic,” but instead simply “non-hybrid.” The MKZ comes standard in front-wheel drive and can be ordered with an optional AWD system. The Hybrid is only available in FWD.

The base version comes standard with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost® turbo-charged 4-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque and yields 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. If you require a few more horses under the hood, you can purchase the MKZ with a 3.7-liter V6 motor that generates 300 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. of torque and earns mpg ratings of 19 city and 28 highway. Both engines are mated to a version of Lincoln’s electronic 6-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift Automatic™ and paddle shift activation.

The Hybrid model is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a permanent magnet AC synchronous motor. Together they deliver 38 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. The transmission is an Electronic Continuously Variable Powersplit.

The Lincoln MKZ was completely overhauled for the 2013 model year, and it now embodies the future of Lincoln’s design language. The MKZ has beautifully flowing lines from front to back. Lincoln toned down the massive wing grille to produce a more subtle and elegant appearance. The grille wings draw upwards blending into the headlamps. The rear window slopes right into the trunk lid which swoops up into the spoiler. From the rear quarter panels to the large rectangle dual export ports, the entire rear portion of the XKZ is masculine and sporty.

The interior felt upscale with futuristic touches including touch bars to increase or decrease the radio volume or raise or lower the fan speed. Who needs a shift? The MXZ eliminated the normal center console transmission shifter replacing it with buttons on the dash starting with a start/stop ignition button. This freed up space in the center console for more storage and cup holders. Speaking of the center console, it has a “Volvo-like” floating design creating two additional places for storage underneath the console.2013 Lincoln MKZ

MyLincoln Touch has voice controls that take the reins over secondary controls, with buttons on the steering wheel offering redundant ways to command the system. The touchscreen allows you to page through everything from radio, phone, and climate control to navigation and more. Of course, to keep your hands on the wheel, you can always use the SYNC system; Ford’s Bluetooth-based system that allows users to command the XKZ to make, change or request operations including the ability to set a radio station or set an address for the navigation system.

The 2014 Lincoln MKZ is equipped with the Lincoln Drive Control (LDC), which is an automatic system that delivers an ideal balance of a smooth ride with confident handling, as it intuitively responds to driver commands and the road. The LDC coordinates the performance of the Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) adjustable suspension, electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) and Active Noise Control (ANC) systems.

Cool Features:
• Touch bars for radio volume and fan speeds (optional)
• Shifter buttons
• Retractable panoramic roof (optional)

Safety on the 2014 Lincoln MKZ includes the following standard safety features: antilock brakes (ABS), stability control, traction control, driver and front passenger airbags and knee airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, crash sensing system, Post-Crash Alert system. Optional safety items include: rear view camera, blind spot monitor with cross-traffic alert; all-wheel drive.

In Summary – The 2014 Lincoln MKZ is a hot seller for Lincoln and once you see it and take it for a ride; it’s not hard to understand why. It has sophisticated styling, smart high-tech features, respectable handling and three good engine choices that earn top mpg. The interior is comfortable and well-crafted. I would also recommend stopping by a participating Lincoln dealership and asking about their Date Night promotion. You’ll receive a Lincoln for a 48-hour time period as well as a $100 gift card.

I want to give a special thanks to Sara Schleske, Marketing Manager, at Livermore Ford Lincoln, for her assistance with our test drive and setting up our Date Night test drive.

2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Base price: $35,925 as driven: $45,645 (including destination & optional
Engine: 2.0-liter Turbocharged 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 188 @ 6,000 RPM
Torque: 129 @ 4,000 RPM
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: FWD Drive
Seating: 5-passenger
Turning circle: 38.0 feet
Cargo space: 11.1 cubic feet
Curb weight: 3,828pounds
Fuel capacity: 13.5 gallons
EPA mileage: City 38/Hwy 37
Wheel Base: 112.2 inches
Warranty: 4 years/50,000 miles powertrain limited
Also consider: Acura TL, Buick LaCrosse, Lexus ES 300h, Infiniti Q50 Hybrid

He Said/She Said with Robin and Shawn

Dear SSHS,
I live with three boys, my husband and two teenaged sons. I’m always asking them to put the toilet seat down, but because they outnumber me, they don’t think they should have to. What do you both think? ~ Samantha in Dublin

She Said: You know what I think! I’ve lived with men whose mothers didn’t teach them this simple act of courtesy, and it definitely put them in a different category for me. Let’s face it, guys — you’re not always the best aim, so when we gals walk into the loo and see the “fallout,” we’re kind of grossed out. Can’t we all agree that since the ladies ALWAYS want the seat down and gentlemen sometimes need it down, down wins? This simple courtesy makes women so happy…put it down, boys! Okay, boy Shawn, what do you say?

He Said: I say Samantha should consider herself lucky that they at least lift the seat up when they tinkle! I completely agree that it’s annoying having to put the seat down every time you need to use it, but nothing’s worse than guys who don’t even lift it to begin with. Try living with those guys! But to your point, most boys (like yours) who live with women (even Mom) need a friendly little reminder every so often, so try this: take a marking pen and write “Please Put Seat Down” on the underside of the seat. This should help drive your reasonable point home.

Dear HSSS,
My daughter starts college at a prestigious school this month, and we found out her roommate is lesbian and a Goth. I’m afraid this isn’t going to be a good match for her. Should she request a new roommate now or wait until she gets to school? ~ Worried Dad

He Said: What type of message are you sending your daughter off to college with if you let her pass judgment on her new roommate before even meeting her? As a parent, you should encourage her to meet people of different walks of life, as this is what the real world is all about. It’s not that difficult to change room assignments after the first few weeks of dorm life. Let your daughter get settled in first, then let her make up her own mind on whether she likes her new roommate or not. Some of my best friends to this day are college buddies who came from the complete opposite background and culture that I came from.

She Said: Who’s worried, you or her? Young people these days are far more accepting of differences than the older generation, and a prestigious institution only accepts the best and brightest, so they’ve already got that in common. That said, I spoke with my expert, a university RA who happens to be a lesbian, and she advised that your daughter wait to see what happens when she gets there. People from similar backgrounds often can’t live together, so different lifestyles can actually be enlightening and a good contrast. And don’t worry, last she checked, neither the lesbians nor the Goths were recruiting.HeSaidSheSaidgraphic

Robin Fahr and Shawn “Shizzo” Alikian host Conversations and He Said/She Said seen daily on Tri-Valley TV, Channel 30. Send your questions to www.AskHeSaidSheSaid.com.

Is Governor Jerry Brown Losing His Way?

Has California Governor Jerry Brown lost his way? Has he gotten so pumped up with some success that he has forgotten how the system is supposed to work?





These questions come from a guy who used to feel that the Oakland Mayor, and then Governor the second time was pretty much spot on regarding most subjects. He seemed to be pretty grass roots and common sense oriented. He usually was able to make sense. I used to interview him every Thursday on the air and it was one of the highest rated segments of our whole week…week after week.

Well he sat down with the editorial board of the San Jose Mercury News and the first issue was water. He has been a proponent of digging the tunnels under the Delta in Northern California and shipping water south to farmers (they need water), and then to Southern California (that one, the jury’s out…they traditionally have gotten water from the Colorado River in Arizona). He helped get a bond measure passed to build more water storage but even his Democratic colleagues didn’t get the twin tunnel Peripheral Canal idea as part of that bond. Now, this is the third time the Brown family has tried to do this. His dad had the idea first. That finally came to fruition as it was put on the ballot in 1982 as Proposition 9. It went down to defeat. It failed again a decade or so later to even get on the ballot, and now Brown has resurrected it. This time he says he will go around the legislature and the voters to do it. He says he’ll just do it. Really?

Seriously, didn’t you Mr. Governor criticize Arnold Schwarzenegger when he called the legislature “girlie men” and went around them to do stuff like the vehicle fee increase. Now you want to ignore the voters? Hmm. He says he wants to do it to protect the Delta. How does digging trenches underground and pumping water around a body of water that already suffers from salt intrusion, help the environment? It robs the natural flow of water from the “high country” through the Sacramento River. Seriously?

He also mentioned that he supports the President of the California Public Utilities Commission Michael Peevey who is accused of cozying up to the utilities that he regulates.

The Governor also says he is going to push through the Bullet Train. The train that leads from Modesto to Bakersfield. A shell of what was proposed and for which we voted.

Maybe we get some perspective in his response to the question of why he won’t debate his Republican opponent for governor Neel Kashkari. He said, “In the big picture, not only am I not indicted (a dig at Texas Governor Rick Perry), but I’m doing a hell of a job.” Wow…even if you do say so yourself. Oh, Mr. Governor, since you brought up indictments, wasn’t Governor Perry indicted on abuse of power charges? Hmm. Be careful of the voters, at least some of us are watching. Make Sense?

Yannis Greek Taverna

Even if you have only read me every other month (or less) chances are pretty good that you know my penchant for Mediterranean food. In few words…I LOVE IT! It is clean, fresh, quick, and follows a healthy eating regime.

Picture how over the moon I was when I heard that Danville was getting another place to get my fix. Yes, there are a few, and I do not deny that I reserve the right to regale you with tales of hummus, gyro, and falafel from these place at a later date however, I am certainly glad that I came across Yannis and am writing about it before a couple of the others. You see, I do not take my responsibilities lightly. As stated, many times before, I will not give you any negative reviews. I only get to talk to you once a month, and we have enough mud flying in our day-to-day lives than waste a whole article on more, but that does not mean I don’t have my favorites. A place really does need to be “article” ready for me to tip my hat. This place is ready!

First of all, Yannis is tucked down the little alley way across from the “New” Danville Veterans Hall. I have always loved this small-town’s side alley of commerce, and now the end building is reserved for food greatness.
Secondly, they have a shady outdoor patio in front that allows for wonderful nights eating great food and gazing down this story-book little alley. A great place for an Italian mobster, as nothing can approach from the back.
Thirdly, the inside is rustic, perfectly lit, and cozy. There are hard floors with coffee colored/high back leather chairs, exposed dark beams of wood against the cream yellow walls and lower ceilings. Huge picture windows allow for a view of the outdoor diners and natural light to come pouring in. The atmosphere is far deeper than the price point suggests. They almost don’t match, but I am afraid to say that too loud for fear they might change their prices. I would certainly have it this way than the other way around (of which there are places like that all over Danville…dammit…mud).
I am no longer a drinking man (buy my book and learn more) but if I were, this bar is exact place that I would seek. Almost square with seating on two sides, in plain view of the large screen TV (playing the A’s on the night we went, extra bonus points for that), separate from the dining room by a half wall allows any patron to feel a part of the dining experience as a whole, but still have their privacy. Again, the low ceilings, and decorative low hanging lamp shades, the tile back splash and full view of servers coming and going, making espresso, pouring wine. Awesome place to misplace an evening for dinner.

Yannis is brought to us by a husband and wife team, Anthony and Voula. Anthony was there the evening we went with an ear-to-ear smile, watching the comings and goings and personally touching tables. The type of hospitality that comes from Greece, and sure enough after investigation I found they both come directly from Piraeus, a costal city in Atica! This is not some team from New Jersey that decided they make a pretty good falafel. This is the real deal people.

We had the hummus and pita for our two year old, the falafel wrap for me and a veggie gyro for my wife. With no drinks the total was around $23.00. See what I mean….shhhh! But of course it was also how it was delivered. Rachel was our server and she brought water in a sippy cup for the boy before we even got settled. Never stopped smiling and was everything you want in a server.

I am very excited about this place. You should be as well.

Yannis Greek Taverna, 120 E. Prospect Avenue, Danville, Ca.


Remembering Paul Hirsh

I have been furnishing this nonsense to Alive magazine for a few years. At the time I began, a very good friend, Paul Hirsch, also worked regularly with Alive, providing excellent pieces on sports—particularly Baseball. Paul and I became friends 30 years ago when he wandered into the great watering hole in Oakland, Kings X. Kings X was the Bay Area home of Trivia from 1978 to 2002, when it closed.

Paul and I became friends, largely due to our mutual love of Baseball. Another good friend, Mike Tormey, along with Paul and I appeared regularly on the Ron Barr Sports Byline radio show, answering call-in questions from listeners who tried to stump us with Sports Trivia questions. Thanks to Paul and Mike, we acquitted ourselves very well. During that time, Paul and I became special friends.

Along with being a gifted writer and Sports expert, Paul was a devoted family man, who never failed to make his youth league games faithfully. It is with great sadness that I learned, a few days ago, that Paul had died much too soon of brain cancer. What a loss, particularly for his family. At my age, I am becoming used to friends passing away, but it should never happen to someone as young and vibrant as Paul. I hope you forgive me, but this month we do Baseball as a tribute to my friend.

1. Who was the manager of the Giants in their inaugural season of 1958?

2. Who played center field for the A’s in their inaugural season of 1968?

3. Paul had a Baseball card of him in a Dodger uniform. That was his team and his idol was Sandy Koufax. Koufax threw a perfect game in the 60’s against the Cubs. The Cub pitcher threw a one-hitter in the same game. Who was he?

4. In the 1957 World Series, one of the pivotal plays occurred when a Milwaukee Braves batter proved that he had been hit by a pitch by showing the umpire evidence of shoe polish on the ball. Who was that batter?

5. Twelve years later, a New York Met batter did the same thing for the NY Mets. He had the same last name as the player in question five. Who was he?

6. What was the name of the little fellow about three and a half feet tall who batted for the St. Louis Browns on the last day of the 1951 season?



Paul Hirsch

August 12, 1957 – July 26, 2014

The Choice

I had a conversation with a friend recently about religion. Well, not religion really, but about God. I differentiate the two in that religion is a human invention—God, and one’s relationship with God, on the other hand, is something very 464818891much different.

I know, I know, I’m in dangerous territory here. Many people become defensive; critical, even hostile sometimes, when someone brings up religion or politics. I am sure the hair on some atheists’ necks out there is standing at attention about now. I also imagine that those who consider themselves to be (based on my willingness to confess a belief in God) my intellectual superiors, are scoffing or chuckling as they read this.

I’m very familiar with the arguments “against” a belief in God: “Who’s to say which God is the God,” and, “Look at all of the pain and suffering caused by religion throughout history. Aren’t those ‘terrorists’ claiming to be acting on behalf of their concept of God.” And then there’s the “I just cannot honestly say that I can believe in (a) God, if He allows such suffering in the world.”

These are all valid points that deserve answers. In deference to the space limitation here, I will attempt a short answer—these all concern the topic of religion, not God. The question is not about whether one goes to church or follows some set of rules. The question is: How is your relationship with God? Can you step out of your ego; out of the evil shadow of fear, long enough and to recognize Him?

It’s not my intention to offend anyone or make anyone feel uncomfortable; on the contrary, my earnest hope is to connect with someone who may be reading this right now—anyone—who might just be feeling a little like, oh I don’t know, maybe how Robin Williams was feeling in the hours before he made the tragic decision that he made.

I have a message for anyone feeling lost at this very moment—you are loved. You have choices, and there are very good reasons to choose and affirm life. God’s love is so real and so pure, that he has freed us completely. He does not force us to have a relationship with Him. To my way of thinking, that is the proof of His existence, and I encourage anyone who might be in pain right now to ponder that point. Accepting His love is the liberating choice you seek.

So, what about science? That’s a long conversation for another time. Suffice it to say that all of the psychology, medicine, technology, counseling, and yes, even religion, were apparently of no use to Robin Williams at the point where he came to that last, final decision.

A good friend recently passed away. He was a brilliant man—a columnist for ALIVE, named Paul Hirsch. We had a long and sincere conversation several months before his passing. He basically called to say “goodbye.”

In that conversation, I asked Paul if he believed in God. His reply was, “I do now.” I knew at that moment that Paul had made the most important choice of all—he chose life.
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.  Deut 30:19 (KJV)