Our stay in Oakland was somewhat unusual in that we housesat for Bill and Genevieve while they were on a family vacation. Normally we stay at Kathleen’s, and we did spend our last Saturday and Sunday there when the Greene’s came home. B&G not only have a nice house in the Oakland hills, but also have a big enough driveway for safely parking the truck. Our days were spent walking our dogs, feeding the Greene’s animals: 3 rabbits (2 belonged to a friend of B&G’s), 2 cats, some fish, and some chickens (quite the menagerie), and various shopping expeditions. We also had a couple of dinners with Kathleen, Kerry, Pierre, and Donica, as well as a hike-with-dogs in Joaquin Miller Park.
I was able to visit my father a couple of times during the week and show him the truck and camper setup. I found sheet metal I needed at the Pittsburg Home Depot, which I used to manufacture a windscreen for our camp stove.
On Friday, August 28, Cathie and I went out to Bob Agazzi’s for a reunion of sorts with Mavis Hasey and Laura Fitzpatrick and her husband Tim. Laura, Bob, Mavis, and I went to Mexico in 1973 to climb Pico de Orizaba. Laura and I managed to summit, but the trip was a big adventure for us all. While I have visited with Bob and Mavis fairly regularly over the years, I had not seen Laura since 1975. We all had a great dinner and visit in Bob’s backyard. I’m very glad we all got together and hope to do it again much sooner.
Sunday Kathleen had a lunch for a big group of us. I picked up my father in Walnut Creek and later Kathleen and I took him back to his car. On the way back to Oakland we stopped at Queen of Heaven Cemetery to pay our respects to our mother. Of course, I always stop to acknowledge Bob’s parents and Mavis’ mother.
For Sunday dinner Kathleen suggested that we eat at Off the Grid. We think offthegridsf.com is the organizer for the food trucks – getting permits, setting up chairs, and providing background music. Pierre told us that these food truck gatherings occur in various Bay Area locales. We went to the parking lot at the North Berkeley Bart station. There were about half a dozen trucks. I had tacos. Check out the website.
Monday morning Kathleen drove me back to B&G’s to pick up the truck. After showing Genevieve, Sienna, and Liam Colin’s handiwork, I drove back to Fairview where Cathie and I loaded the truck for our short journey to her friend Liz’s place in Yountville. More on her piece of paradise in the next post. (written 9/1/15).