Joel Devin

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Hometown: Braintree, MA.
Braintree is historic for The Adams President’s, Howard Johnson’s, John Hancock, Sacco and Vansetti. I like to ski but I do not miss the winters or the long hot and muggy summers of New England. I had a great upbringing with five older brothers where we lived on a golf course that was more than just that. It had river that overflowed and we would raft around in the spring thaw like Huck Finn or just swamp for lost golf balls and sell them to the golfers as they played by our back yard.

Vocation: Varies from year-to-year. Mostly a sports addict. I have been in the ski and golf industry for the most and at present I am a greenskeeper at Mira Vista Country Club in El Cerrito. My hope one day is to Manage Shooting Star golf course in Jackson Hole, WY. I majored in the field of arts but spent most of my school days on the local ski slopes of Blue Hills. I married and divorced in one full year then took my skiing to Colorado. I found an abandoned log cabin on National forest land. It sat about 12,000 feet above sea-level on the continental divide. I moved into that shack and became a ski bum who went to town daily (Breckenridge ) and flipped burgers on the slopes for a free ski pass.

How long have you lived at EWL/Emeryville: 12 Years (Ground Floor)

Favorite place to eat in Emeryville: Home! 2nd favorite? What’s out there? Subway? No, really I think of Berkeley or Oakland for restaurants but not Emeryville. The Townhouse as a great drop-in kinda place.

Share an obscure fact, interesting hobby or some personal wisdom with us:
I have shaken the hand of President Reagan, Mohammed Ali, Michael Jordan, and golfed with Goose Gossage and Roger Clemens. All of which were chance meetings while working at Black Hawk Country Club as a golf pro a few years back. I met many sports figures at the Golf Club. Reagan and Ali I met while I was a Manager at Alioto’s  Restaurant in San Francisco.
Hobby? I guess is to go to Urban Ore and collect old golf putters . The ones that have sat in a bag in some garage passed down from the Grand Parent and never used to there full potential.
Wisdom? Change your life and your routine often. Don’t get bored and don’t give up on yourself, your friend or your neighbors. Own a good sleeping bag and a tent that won’t leak. Be  willing and ready to give up all you own and still have everything you need.  It’s simple to think you need to be rich to be happy but try being happy first then see what happens.

What does our Building or Neighborhood need most: A café right next to our hair stylist Lisa where we all can relax and talk about absolutely nothing important all day and all night.

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.


  1. Hi, Joel! I can’t say I’ve ever met you or seen you around. How nice of Rob to put this together.
    I agree on a cafe close by. Our office gets lunch for the lawyers here and when I have to do it, I’d rather not drive in circles from the very top of the garage to go get food. I usually just go to Rudy’s.
    Love your words of wisdom.

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