A day in the life  

honestjohn4u 57M
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5/6/2006 1:47 pm

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5/7/2006 12:18 pm

A day in the life

Berkeley is the kinda town that makes you proud to be a liberal. Everyone is driving around in super econo cars with bumper snickers like question authority, smoke weed, and GW is a draft dodgin ninny. There is much more to the town though and there are great intellectual pursuits for all.
One of my favorite areas to go to is the botanical gardens just below lake anza. Every indigenous specie of plant found in California is cultivated here and it makes later hikes a more informed venture. Tilden park is no small adventure and includes such attractions as a full size carousel, and small scale railroad, swiming, hiking, a volcano, and wildlife that includes the occasional bobcat.
Once a day in the park is done, down in the city the choices for a unique lunch are manifest. My favorites are Suvlaki Steve's, or Plearns thai, or Maharani. Now after a meal where the spiced flavor stays in you mouth for hours and every burp is like deja vous it is time for dessert. Au Chocolat on university ave is the center of the universe for hand made pastries and there is a tart to please anyone there. It is also a good place to find a hapless victim for a game of chess. Now just like those Ukrainians, these Berkeley students think that they have a God given right to be good chess players. I love it when I bring their world crashing down. I'm no Bobby Spastic or Boris Fischer but I know how the horsey and all the other pieces move, can I play?
Well evening arrives and I don't want to go home just yet, so it's back to telegraph ave and Larry Blakes for some entertainment and drinks. Larry Blakes is a speak easy from the old prohibition days and is down in the basement of a restaurant and has a bricked in cozy intimate feel. They're usually pretty good about attracting world class musicians from the blues/cajun/jazz scene. If I don't feel like a night of music then Kips is the pub for darts and various games.
The best part of Berkeley is that the pseudo intellectuals really are intellectuals with more degrees than a thermometer so conversations can go as deep as you like. Thats the part I miss the most.

I Swami Johnny see's all, knows all, tells very little.

CrashnBern 58F

5/7/2006 9:28 am

Is Yoshi's still up and running! God, I loved that place.. I can't imagine all the changes in 14 years..I used to play soccer on that pitch above the parking garage...

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