L and D celebrated their 5th baseball anniversary today, a day early as the Giants don’t play tomorrow at AT&T. Thanks to friend Leslie, who reserves her season ticket seats each year for the Adventurers.
They’d spend the night in the City at the new Hotel Via which is just across from the ball park. Their morning included a great walk along the Embarcadero to the Ferry Building where they had a delicious breakfast at Boulettes Larder. Food was great but service was less so. D acted a bit more like L, e.g. more impatient when his coffee didn’t arrive aft 20 minutes (after the wimpy Espresso at the hotel he was ready for some French press).
It was back to the hotel for a short time before heading over to the yard. Alas (said L) Panda hats where much on display. How quick they came back. Jury is still out if the Panda himself can come back.
A friend took the obligatory 5th anniversary shot. But just for the record, it was actually their sixth game. Really, who do thunk. But they are so happy that they did…
In advance of their 5th baseball anniversary, L and D headed up to the City today. They decided an overnight at a new hotel by the ballpark (Hotel Via) and a chance to participate in the Wall of Song with fellow Trinity parishioners was the excuse they need to extend their baseball anniversary into a 24-hour event.
They met friends Matthew and Kate at a restaurant that’s been there for along time, Jeanne d”Arc, which somehow L had never heard of, and then headed up the steep hill to Grace Cathedral where fellow Trinity parishioner Mel Day was debuting her Wall of Song.
That meant singing Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen along with voices Mel and her collaborator Michael Nanking had recorded and perserved in a video art installation which was shown on a giant 25 foot screen.
They would have thought that this was their only big screen event until they returned to the Via and its downstairs bar, which had the biggest screen they’d every seen in a sports bar.
Of course, that got exceeded when they went to the hotel’s rooftop bar and saw an even bigger screen. Alas, it was an off-and-on-screen due to the fact the hotel has only been opened about a month and there are some kinks that need to be worked out
That didn’t diminish their enjoyment of being “up on the roof”…
L had one friend turn 70 in June and today they got to celebrate that milestone with friends who live locally.
Michael, who L has known since high school and who is married to her friend since grade school, Sally, turned 70 a couple of days ago. Son Michael is a more-than-amateur chef and cooked paella, ribs, chicken and salmon all over open flame.
The Adventurers visited with some friends who they knew by association and a couple of were fellow M-A grads.
While it was hot even in the Santa Cruz Mountains, it was a really fabulous party…
Today the Adventurers and the Mag went for a hike at a place very familiar to L as she’s there most every Wednesday morning near dawn. Bedwell Bayfront Park, on the city of the old county dump, has enough small hills to get the heart beat up. And there’s also something to see from the top, like the remnants of old salt flats.
Tonight after delicious fried chicken dinner (split, of course) at Menlo Grill, it was off to see Carole King perform Tapestry before 50,00 people in Hyde Park. It was great, and almost like being there…