The 49ers are at home today. Damn.
My second favorite NFL team, and favorite NFC team, is and has been for a long time the San Francisco 49ers. They have a home game today against the St. Louis Rams, and I forgot to find a ticket. I am sure I could still snag one and go if I wanted, but just the same, I'll likely pass.
First full day in Oakland yielded much fun and adventure! Lucky for me I made it out of the house in one piece, as I had to withstand the onslaught of my friends' 7-pound (if that) chihuahua, Spike!
A morning jaunt for coffee revealed a few things. First off, covenant freaks and geeks in Columbia would love how properties roll here. They kinda stack up on top of one another in spots. They build right up to the property lines, and sometimes, across them! Setbacks? We don't need no stinking setbacks. Makes me wonder what Compass Guy would say? He'd probably find some way to call people in Oakland Mills classist xenophobes. (Yes, I am reading the local stuff.)
A trip down Piedmont Ave. revealed a comfort of home: Baltimore parking machines!
On to sightseeing. For brunch I enjoyed the best seafood I have ever had, outside of the great state of Maryland. And how cool is it that there's a place that offers a seafood brunch? And the restaurant overlooked a beautiful lake, whose appearance and presentation could be a lesson for any good urban planner, or even any bad one. I couldn't fit all the glory into one photo, so here is the left and here is the right.
Spent the rest of the day helping my friend buy two awesome Japanese prints of Tokyo harbor in the early 20th century. Which made her very happy, though she didn't quite talk the shop owner down as much as she had intended. But still got a very good deal! Thank you Small Business Saturday! And I bought a book called "The Metaphysics of Star Trek." My first philosophy book, may as well make it about a topic of which I have an interest!
Ended the day where it began, back along Piedmont Avenue having gelato outside Fenton's Creamery, which was featured in the movie "Up" because that's where the Pixar folks go for their ice cream. A movie that's significant to me in a few ways.
I'm feeling the vibe out here. And it's not the Silicon Valley "brag about yourself til the cows come home" vibe, which certainly does exist. It's the "be comfortable in who you are, let the game come to you, take care of yourself, keep your mind open and good things will happen" vibe. Something that I always have to remind myself is a real thing. I travelled here because I felt the need to tap into a pure, rich vein of that stuff and absorb it all. I think I may have found it sometime yesterday. More on that tomnorrow. Maybe.
Happy National Eat a Red Apple Day! Let's be careful out there.