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.