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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

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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!

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

The state of my garden, May 2010

Posted in garden, photo by gwen on May 19, 2010

Roses, check.

Pinky

Spanish and Provencal lavender, check.

Spanish lavenderLotta lavender!!!!

Grapes, check.

Grapes, year 3

[This is their third year. Last year they fruited for the first time and were so, so close to being ready for me to eat, then we went to Portland and the raccoons completely stripped them while we were gone. Very rude!]

Bottlebrush, check!

Bottlebrush #2

[I planted this sorry little thing two years ago and it is still only about a foot high and just now starting to finally bloom. Go bottlebrush!]

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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.]

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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Beach season is here!!!

Posted in photo by gwen on March 16, 2010

Is it spring there yet? It finally warmed up a teeny bit Sunday, just in time for the time change. We bundled up, dug out the Beach Blanket, and went to the beach here in Alameda. It’s rained so much this winter that there’s a big grassy area on the sand — that’ll dry out in no time, but it’s very nice for now.

There were quite a few people flying kites.

Red Baron

Chad practiced his Mandarin and I raced through Mary Karr’s new memoir, Lit (her first, The Liar’s Club, is one of my favorites) until it got so cold we couldn’t stand it anymore.

Right in the kisser

Then we walked down along the shore and back on the public path, admiring all the fresh wildflowers.

Unknown purple wildflower

Today was even nicer so I took an afternoon break and walked over and lay in the sand reading. Hopefully the weather will hold out til my next self-employed day, which is Wednesday.

Unknown dried-out wildflower

Think pink

Posted in garden, photo by gwen on February 8, 2010

1. I picked up this vintage pink number at an estate sale last year. Left it hanging off a table at the farmer’s market a couple weeks ago. Went back last week, they remembered seeing it but didn’t know where it had gotten to. They searched the farm, found it, and remembered to bring it for me this week. Now it is raining and we are so happy together.

February 4: I can't see me loving nobody but you

Vera says hi!

You're in my heart...

Pink

Meow.

Pinky Tuscaharlow

Just let it.

2. aloe in our garden
3. favorite pink heart plate and last season’s strawberries
4. at the Alameda Antiques Fair. we thought about going today but didn’t. GEAUX SAINTS!
5. pink pal found on the base
6. me at the first Maker Faire
7. my pretty pink parasol at a street fair in Oakland

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365: DJ Chad at a Friday night art reception

Posted in photo by gwen on January 31, 2010

January 29: DJ Chad

Friday: Chad DJing at an art opening at juliestea.com. He played a bunch of world/electro stuff and attracted quite a bit of attention from some older ladies. One of them slipped him her card at the end of the night. He said she made him feel uncomfortable. I said, welcome to being a woman.

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365: More sunsets!

Posted in Alameda, photo by gwen on January 30, 2010

So here’s the deal. I am trying to do the 365 photos but it has been 100% cold and 90% gloomy the past couple weeks and it is about all I can do to drag myself outside for a walk at sunset, which is about the only time you can get any light, when the sun drops below the clouds for a few minutes before disappearing behind another bank of them. I am almost thinking about doing 365 sunsets but that is probably far more than I commit to.

I figured I would take this opportunity to tell you more about where I live.

January 28: Another day, another sunset

There are two places I usually do on my walks, one is I turn right at the end of my front walk and head over to the Bay Trail [which is a decades-long project to create a designated walking path around the entire bay, I remember my dad being excited about it and talking about one day, one day, when I was a kid] path that takes me down to Crab Cove, where there is a small beach, then a long beach, and a duck pond, and also a Foster’s Freeze [ice cream and fried food with c. 1970 orange-toned booths. The fries and malts are tops.]. The small beach is my favorite place, if you go at mid-day even on nice days there is a good chance you will have it to yourself.

It’s a bird refuge, too, so there are usually zillions of waders and diggers etc. this time of year. I keep forgetting to bring my zoom so you can’t see them too well in any of my photos.

Bay view window #85

The other one is turning left at the end of my walk then going up 3rd Street onto the artificial point that leads out along a marina. The northern side of this point is undeveloped and there’s a small path you can walk along. There’s a nice view of San Francisco [we’re directly across the bay] and the big ships that dock for repairs on the retired naval base. There are also several tiny beaches but I have been scared to explore them since Chad pointed out the giant cockroaches scurrying around on the rocks.

San Francisco and the Hornet

That long black thing is a breakwall, it’s lined with old falling-apart cyclone fence, there are usually a couple people out on it fishing. I walk over there sometimes, too, and don’t know why I don’t more often.

Also, note the giant bank of fog. That is when I laugh at the people who live in The City, because over here we get 15 minutes of sun while they are running around in the middle of an ugly cloud.

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