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News - March 12, 2010

Recession buster

by Don Frances

"HOW LONG will it take for Silicon Valley to save us all from the Great Recession?"

That's the question I put to Ken Layne, an old friend of mine, in his new sort-of advice column, "Ask Ken Layne" (

His response was brief:

"Oh they just need to come up with another couple dozen Social Networks and interactive tablet experiences and everybody's rich. Probably about 27 days from now. Be ready!"

This can't be right, seeing as how we already have the ultimate social networking tool in the form of Twitter — which, by the way, the Mountain View Voice has joined. Follow us there at

These columnists, I tell you. Sometimes I think they're just making it up.

Interestingly, counting forward 27 days from the date Ken posted his response gets you to April 1. ...

"ALMOST 1,000 WOMEN and family members attended the El Camino Women's Hospital Day of Dance event Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Santa Clara Convention Center," wrote Hatti Hamlin on behalf of the hospital.

The event, she said, "focused on cardiovascular health" and incorporated "dance and exercise demonstrations ranging from line dancing to Bollywood and yoga to kickboxing. The biggest hit was a Zumba demonstration — which might be described as a Latin version of Jazzercise — that had hundreds hitting the dance floor." She added that people from Mountain View's own Cheryl Burke Dance Studio were on hand.

"It was all part of a nationwide event organized by Spirit of Women (SOW) Hospital Network, a national coalition that aims to improve women's health and health policy. El Camino Hospital is the only SOW member in Northern California."

Don Frances can be reached at


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