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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.

Frank!

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!

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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

Be mine?

Posted in photo, St. Valentine's Day by gwen on February 14, 2010

This is my favorite, it is part of the display at Ole’s Waffle Shop here in Alameda, which is the most perfectly oldschoolest diner around. I highly recommend the pancakes and bacon and hashed browns and sitting at the counter and grabbing a box of crayons so you can have drawing contests on your paper placemats while you wait for your order.

Remember Me

Happy St. Valentine’s Day.

all the world will smile for me

Posted in photo, St. Valentine's Day by gwen on February 13, 2010


10 I Love MyselfTree, Karen + Jay / Art is evil
To My Valentine

1. daughter heart 2. musee mechanique heart 3. karen + jay heart 4. antiques fair heart

Querido

Posted in photo, St. Valentine's Day by gwen on February 12, 2010

Amour avec le SPARKLE
Draw back your bowGwen, House of Blues

1. avec SPARKLE!! at daisy’s 2. the calm before the storm 3. nola heart

Are you ready?

Posted in photo, St. Valentine's Day by gwen on February 11, 2010

Caution: heart
My life, my love, m'lady!HeARTflow by Mari Upton
Unchain my heart

1. west oakland heart 2. community garden sailor art 3. heart art 4. tree heart