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Friday, March 16, 2007

Berkeley I

Many years ago, I lived in Oakland. And worked in Berkeley. At the anthropology museum. On a Native American Grave Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) project. I'm staying within a stone's throw of the museum, on the UC Berkeley campus.

In the airport van, we passed a wonderful art car, a myriad of Ethiopian restaurants, and a homeless man holding a sign that said, "Bet U Can't Hit Me With A Quarter." Being a regular reader of Jen's blog, I think about the homeless, especially here in the Bay Area. I was thinking about this guy. If, say, 6 people pitched a quarter out their window in a day, that's only $1.50. What can someone do with $1.50? Practically nothing.

Being here brought up a couple of memories, and I'm sure there will be more.

Spending Thanksgiving one year on Alcatraz.
Going to Fruitvale Ave. and having the best tacos and cebollitas in the world.

Heading off to a reception and dinner. Upside: Seeing friends from around the world ...and probably very good food and drinks. Downside: Too much small talk.

6 Comments:

Blogger jen said...

have a terrific time. and if you want some long talk, i am not all that far away....(idle dreams on my end, perhaps) but true, the same.

1.50 = 6 people making human contact. it's a good deal.

8:17 PM  
Blogger meno said...

Ah, Berkeley. I love the bay area.

My oldest brother got his PhD there. He also got his wife there. I wonder which one has been more useful to him.

Oh snap! Where did that come from?

Have fun, enjoy the good memories, ignore the bad.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Thailand Gal said...

Yeah... Berkeley! Love that place. :)

If you want some good Thai food tomorrow afternoon, there's always the wat on Russell Ave.

The small talk. Ugh! That would be the roughest part.


Peace,

~Chani

12:28 PM  
Blogger QT said...

Have fun! Good food can outweigh bad small talk any day in my book.

1:35 AM  
Blogger Potato Print said...

Hi Lucia,

I enjoy reading your blog because it reaches me on two levels. First, I get to peer at places all around the world. Second, I get a knowing travel guide who rarely judges what she is seeing.

I know what you mean about place and memory. Have you ever read any Proust?

I wonder where you are going next.

7:23 AM  
Blogger gr said...

too much small talk?

8:45 AM  

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