My mother turned 60 this year,
back in March mind you. However, as a tax preparer it wasn't really convenient
to have her brothers and sisters out to celebrate until now.
That would be two brothers,
two sisters, and assorted spouses. There were people sleeping in every
room of the mom's house except the bathrooms.
What I love about visits
like this is that you get to show off the place where you live. Look see
my home. You can do anything here, let me show you. They went all over.
Fisherman's Wharf and Golden Gate Park in S.F., the Botanical Gardens in
Berkeley, Jack London Square in Oakland, Sonoma, the coast in South Marin.
Of course, being a working
woman and about 30 years from retirement, I couldn't go everywhere with
them. However, I was able to hang out on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday morning, we hit…drum
roll please the Home Depot Expo in Concord. You know, I don't even own
a house and it made me want to remodel. They had some amazingly cool stuff
there. Basically they have little mockup rooms. The bathrooms were exceptionally
cool. I want a Tuscan tile shower with a sauna. I want sinks painted with
scrolling briar roses and little mini books, "And the princess pricked
her finger" or "the Prince bent to kiss her." I want well, actually, I
need a house first.
Anyway, from there, we headed
to wine country. We hit four places. Drank some wine, had some dinner at
Chevy’s, (Mmmm…fresh mex) then back to mom's house for a bit of hot tub
with a view the Carquinez Straights.
The next day, I hooked up
with everyone at Fisherman's Wharf. They took the Vallejo ferry to the
dock. Happily, it went round Alcatraz island, so they got a chance to look
Quite the blend of S.F. life
within about a 10-foot radius of the Vallejo ferry dock. There were the
"Take a picture with Freaks" punks. $5 and you too can have your picture
with blue/green/or orange haired punks. There was a calypso band playing,
who were pretty good. And of course, women in little corsets with furry
whips. Also, $5 to have your picture taken. I love S.F. What a weird place.