It is afternoon and the sun is shining warm through the plate glass window as George and I relax, looking out over San Francisco Bay. On a clear day such as today, we can see all three bridges. Right now I have a lovely view of not just the Golden Gate, but the Marin Headlands, the Berkeley Marina and a lot of redwoods without leaving my chair. There is a remarkable absence of sailing vessels on the Bay. Apparently the current 11*C/52*F is just too cold for most around here. I have been seeing an amazing number of winter coats, hats and gloves along with heavy boots.
Seriously. Winter boots. As I wandered around the local holistic pet food store (yes, really) looking at the piles of knitted dog sweaters, hats and pet booties I had to wonder. Making the remark that it wasn’t really cold, I received several strange looks from the sales personnel one of whom asked if I was originally from the Midwest or somewhere else that actually had a real winter. Of course she is, another clerk replied – she is wearing a hockey jersey – at which point I remembered that I had purchased a Minnesota Wild Jersey this past Sept and tossed it on this morning in honor of hockey season. (The Wild are playing St Louis at 1900 Central Time, but I don’t have a TV. If I was really ambitious I would call the Eldest and invite myself over to use her TV as she is hung with a 2 year Comcast Contract and gets like 500 stations..
(break here while we picked up take-away, grabbed Noah after work and headed to Shana’s in Richmond. As it turns out – those 500 channels don’t include the premium sports channels. so we ate, watched The Hobbit (one of them) and came home still well on the side of safe driving time).
So – here I am in Berkeley, awakening the force
and making progress on the fractal cross stitch.
At least I don’t have to make any major moves next year…..