Alameda: Today’s yard sales

Posted in Alameda, wishlist by gwen on July 17, 2010

It starts by my house, so read it backwards if you’re on the other side of The Island.

510 Santa Clara Ave @ 5th
647 Pacific Ave @ Webster — retiring sailmaker
1827 Wood St @ Buena Vista
1000 block of Eagle Ave (between Chapin and St. Charles)
1523 Buena Vista Ave @ Benton
1118 Paru @ Encinal
2014 Clinton Ave @ Willow
2148 Encinal Ave. @ Walnut

2207 Lincoln Ave. @ Walnut — multi-family
1015 Regent St @ Otis
1132 Pearl St @ San Jose
1611 Pearl St. @ Lincoln

1324 Fernside Blvd @ Central
Fremont @ Fernside — block sale

Fourth of July friends

Posted in Alameda, Day of Fun, holiday, photo by gwen on July 8, 2010

It is so exciting to see people you know in a parade.

This year, my boyfriend Chad won best male and Jen was best overall in the Alameda Idol contest. They’re singing “Love Shack” here.

July 4: Alameda Idols

Our neighbor Carrie is active with the Alameda Small Dogs organization. They host a doggie costume parade at Halloween that is not to be missed.

Alameda Small Dogs and our neighbor Carrie

The guy who lives down the street is always walking the route with his bagpipe.

Bagpipe neighbor

Gloria and her family own Acapulco restaurant.

Gloria, another Quintero, and Frank

but we really know her and her husband from karaoke at Lemon Tree and Clubhouse. That’s where Chad got started singing.


Rick is in more bands than I can name. You can see the Frisky Frolics, who sing songs from the 1920s-1940s or thereabouts, pretty much every week at Speisekammer or Julie’s.

Rick Quisol / Alameda Theatre / Frisky Frolics

I didn’t know this guy before, but I waited almost the entire parade for someone to come around handing out miniature American flags.

Finally! someone handing out miniature american flags!

Dr. Porter, thanks for the flag. You are my newest friend!

Miniature American flags for all!

Fourth of July bicycles

Posted in Alameda, Day of Fun, holiday, photo by gwen on July 7, 2010

The town I live in has a big 4th of July parade every year. It’s fun to watch all the decked-out two- [and sometimes three-]wheeled contraptions cruise by.

Bike lady

Westside Baptist Church

Temple Israel #2

Girl scout scrapers

Spangly bike girls

Scraper scraper!

Victorian scraper

Bike couple

Bicycle #92

Bike: green

Transamerica sunset + headshots at Crown Beach

Posted in Alameda, photo by gwen on April 28, 2010

It is freakin’ WINDY today. I continued census training today on the base, which is this big swath of concrete on the end of the island, which allows the wind to sweep right across at maximum velocity and I rode my bike there and home for lunch and back and home again for a total of 8 miles, pretty much all against some serious gusts [there were points when I could’ve strolled faster than I was pedaling, no joke]. It’s kind of a long walk, especially when I have to be there so early, and I like the option of riding home for lunch, but it is supposed to be windy again tomorrow, so I’m debating…

Chad and I went over to the beach at sunset — the other day I noticed that the sun is setting directly behind the San Francisco skyline if you are along Shoreline near Dead Man’s Curve [this is my own little joke — there is this almost-90° curve which is relatively harmless because 1. the speed limit here is 25 mph and 2. even if you flipped, it would be onto the nice flat stretch of sand, and actually that happened a couple years ago, someone took the curve too fast — they were probably going 30! — and rolled over onto the sand. No injuries, minimal damage.] and I wanted a shot of that, and Chad had been asking for headshots. The kite surfers were flying across the waves and the sand was pelting us in the face and my right ear is still ringing but it was worth it.

Greetings from Alameda

That little sliver through the setting sun is the Transamerica Pyramid, and if you look hard, you can see parts of both the Oakland-Bay and Golden Gate Bridges.

The headshots came out great [this is my choice for the final — straight outta the camera! How awesome is that? I am never this pleased with any of my photos] and I love-love-love this outtake. It makes me think of Steinbeck, through I’m not sure why.

Chad, reminds me of Steinbeck for some reason

[and that is what’s going on in my creative space — photos.]

Spring at the duck pond

Posted in Alameda, photo by gwen on April 27, 2010

I think I’ve mentioned that I live near the beach and like to go over there as often as possible. The beach is part of a regional park and includes small and bigger dog parks [where I met up with some friends the other day — so many cute doggies!] and a duck pond [which is surrounded by a dozen different kinds of wildflowers right now]

Purple #1

and a big park-type park where the ground squirrels sprawl all over the grass on warm days and come right up to you if they think you might give them a treat [don’t! they’re adorable but an ecological invader — they use up all the resources that are needed by the native wildlife].

April 23: Oh hai! don't feed me!

I wore the vintage dress I bought at Blue Rectangle. It was an as-is piece and the front seam was split but I figured it was an easy repair. I had a really hard time sewing it up because the fabric is so old and worn and my stitches kept pulling right through, but I eventually got it done. I wanted to give the dress a short test run near home to make sure the seam wasn’t going to split wide open if I wear the dress on a longer day trip. Nothing cuts a day short like having your ladies exposed!

The threadbare dress

So I put the dress on, biked around the park, played with the dogs, then sat on the beach and read for an hour, and it held up just fine, which I guess means the dress is ready for a full-fledged picnic or day at the ocean.

today, by the bay

Posted in Alameda, photo by gwen on April 17, 2010

i went to the beach and it was FANTASTIC. the tide was super high, i sat on the little landing strip of beach [seriously, it’s about 5′ wide right now, edged with all the flotsam from last week’s storm] and it was warm enough to remove my jacket.

i sipped my iced coffee, read the weekly, wrote a journal entry for the first time in ages and ages [i have been more diligent about the hardcopy daily 5s]. thought about where i can cajole chad into going tomorrow [forecast temperatures]:

santa cruz [76]
capitola [70]
monterrey [63]
bodega bay [61]
guerneville [63]
gold country [70]
maybe point lobos or even big sur if we could get up early [65]

so santa cruz or jamestown.

i forgot my camera so i will share one of my old photos of Crab Cove that is similar to today’s vista:

I'll have the usual

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Nada, nada, nada

Posted in Alameda, photo by gwen on April 13, 2010

Busy bee, lots and not much going on.

Tomorrow night is The Wizard of Oz at the local theater. Too bad the glittered shoes I made for Halloween fell apart, but I’ll probably throw on the gingham if it’s not too cold.


Which it might be, it’s been unseemly cold here lately — low 40s every night, my friend in San Jose had HAIL yesterday morning. Which is kind of getting me down, I am dying to wear my skirts and flip-flops and break out of all the constricting layers of sweaters and just let my skin BREATHE.

Also tomorrow is my return to painting after spring break, especially exciting after seeing Geninne’s The Process. How gorgeous is that? I’m going to water my acrylics way down tomorrow. I’m still working on the succulent flower, though if I was starting the project right now, I might work from my photo of some freesias I got at the farmer’s market last week, I really like how the bokeh here already looks painted.

Freesia #1

Art + design at the Alameda Antiques Fair, March 2010

Posted in Alameda, photo by gwen on March 11, 2010

Horsies!Slavegirl from Cracked #2

Cave-men and Sambo

Rad!Will fight for Tarrytons

Loescher ladyAirbrush girl

Penthouse & Playboy

Ice Cream: It's Good for You!Sad clown

Alameda Antiques Fair, March 2010

Posted in Alameda, photo by gwen on March 10, 2010

We went to the Alameda Antiques Fair on Sunday [following the afore-mentioned encounter with a delicious almond croissant]. It was brilliant out and we saw many wondrous things, including:

Rue du Canal

Le Pois botanical educational print

Letters, white and green

Letters, white

Dress #2, shoulder

The one I am kicking myself for not buying

Stag lady

Bakelite baubles

I am still beating myself for not buying that perpetual calendar. I can’t remember the last time I felt this much non-buyer’s remorse.


There were several other people there, taking photos, too:
Printer & Piemaker: Full Speed Ahead and Notes from the Point, March 2010
Poppytalk: This Week from Lisa Congdon: Collector’s View
heart on my sleeve: Alameda Flea Market

The week in review, how’s yours?

Posted in Alameda, photo by gwen on March 8, 2010

How was your weekend?

My last week has been:

Coffee & craft with J. at the cafĂ©, then Chad and I came back that evening for Tuesday Night Music Club — The Harkenbacks, who do old-timey americana, were there for the first time since last year. They’re one of my favorite bands around — the singer has such a true voice, just so beautiful and warm. You can check them out here.

If you are around this coming Tuesday evening, you should totally swing by Julie’s for Four Shillings Short. We caught them a couple months ago and I can’t even begin to describe them except to say they are a.ma.zing. Seriously. Come hang out.

Roman Holiday at the Alameda Theatre on Wednesday — they do a weekly classic movie on Wednesday-Thursday and we go pretty regularly. I’d never seen this one. WOW. I never really got Audrey Hepburn before — I mean, she’s pretty great, I just don’t feel the unadulterated adoration some folks seem to — but she is a straight-up pixie in this, as charming as Amélie. If you haven’t seen it, you really should. Gregory Peck’s a total hottie, too.

Craft night at Julie’s, then my sister arrived on her bike and we went to Juanita’s.

I don’t remember what-all except Chad DJed and I stayed home and made jewelry [I try to go out and support him but LORD it can get boring hanging out for 7 hours while your boyfriend is up on top of a pool table totally concentrating on his music]. I caught up on some TV — the best part of the Jim and Pam baby episode was Jim diapering the cat. That made me giggle something fierce. PARKOUR!

Chad and I went to the Farmer’s market, got some challah and I picked up the movie passes I won from a recent market raffle. Then we sat on the sidewalk at the café, where I had a lovely americano and my first almond croissant in decades. Seriously. I worked cafés a long time ago and got completely disgusted with croissants in general, almonds in particular. I don’t know what moved me to try one again yesterday but I am glad I did because it was delicious. Sitting on the sidewalk in the sun talking about who-all-knows-what with my handsome boyfriend picking at a croissant felt very cosmopolitan. Oh la la!

Last night was the big Alameda Idol final competition. Chad sang “Night and Day”, which I have been thinking was just — not big enough for a contest. Not enough bang at the end. But he got up there and blew the roof off the sucker. It was gorgeous and he was just dreamy singing it, he wandered around working the crowd, came over and kissed me, then gladhanded the old ladies in the corner, their eyes lit up like schoolgirls’. He got best male, and my friend Jen, who has the pipes of a barge [e.g. they are HUGE], got best female and best overall for her rendition of Björk’s “Oh So Quiet” and girlfriend CRIED. It was really sweet.


Gary and Tim and I stopped by Wescafé and I had another almond croissant. We went to the Alameda Antiques Fair and saw all kinds of things.The main reason I wanted to go was the guy with the insanely huge space and all the super-organized boxes of everything you can imagine — I wanted to get more of the watch faces he has that I used on this necklace for other projects.

January 6: What o'clock

But he was not there. I did, however, score a box of vintage necklaces, some with those bumpy old beads [they look sugared, I don’t know what they’re called] I’ve been looking for. What’s funny is I thought it was a box of broken pieces but when I got home and cracked the box open, it turned out to be full necklaces, working clasps and all. I’m still probably going to take most of them apart but there are a couple I’ll probably keep for myself. I’m wearing one now.

I also got a glass palette that I can use in class.

And I am slightly sunburnt and very sleepy.

Get up on time and go work out! I mean it, Gwen!