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08 May 2010 @ 01:30 pm
Tiiiiiiiiiime is on my side. Yes it is.  
Since Nolan decided to read the ENTIRE New York Times Saturday paper this morning and I really don't want to explore San Fransisco without him, it appears I have time to tell you a bit about our foray across the bay and into Oakland.

Oakland = O.o = Yikes.

San Fransisco, thus far, seems like a mini- Manhattan, with a distinctly noisy concentration of crazy people. And I'm not talking crazy like mildly, facial tics crazy, I'm talking about shouting-curses-at-the-top-of-your-lungs-while-wearing-a-fennel-hat-and-paper-pants crazy.

I'm not kidding.

I, who admire crazy people on the whole, and the bravery that those folks have just for getting up in the morning and being them, decided to move to the other side of my six foot four, three inch husband to use him as a shield to deflect some of the unwanted lunacy.

Other than that, I love this town. It's kind of granola - the girls here could use a little hairspray and Mary Kay, but I DO love it. And I kind of love the crazy, too, in a wary, 'I'd like to watch it through bulletproof glass,' sort of way.

What the hell is a churro? I didn't get one last night because I was sure it wasn't part of my diet food plan, but I was intrigued. Very much so.

Lat night we went to see the Oakland A's play - they lost. And for a woman who loves baseball and all that goes with it, I have to say that the Oakland stadium? Kind of a hole, no offense to anyone who lives there. If you're charging $8.25 for a pint of Guinness, I'm thinking maybe you have enough cash to spruce up the place a little, is all I'm saying. We had seats behind home plate, and although it wasn't nearly as nice as The Ballpark in Arlington or Coors Field, we had fun. (Though Nolan and I could have fun in the middle of nowhere with only a stick, a rock, and a hoop for entertainment.)

There are crazy people in Oakland, too, FYI. I just don't have the time to discuss it here. But they aren't nearly as interesting as the ones in San Fransisco.

Now, however, I'm off for a fun day of exploring the city! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
I feel:: cheerfulcheerful
Carmenhumbuggirl on May 8th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
A churro is a fried donut like thingy. I am amazed that I know this.
Carrie Leigh: Shakespeare hates your emo poemscarrie_leigh on May 8th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
:D Thanks! Isn't it funny what we pick up of popular culture?
Lyndsie Fenelelyndsiefenele on May 8th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
A churro is a twisted pastry stick kind of like shortbread. Usually eaten with hot chocolate. I do enjoy greatly San Francisco. I haven't been to Oakland but my cousin lives there and I've heard stories...
Carrie Leigh: no profound but common sensecarrie_leigh on May 8th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
We were sitting outside the stadium waiting for the BART train, and this girl was vomiting swear words and racial slurs at the top of her lungs. The girls sitting next to me looked at her boyfriend and said, "Gah, it's like we're in Oakland."

It isn't a place I'll need to visit again.
Leigh: D/Gleigh_adams on May 8th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
I've never been to the stadium at Arlington, but Turner Field is a beautiful shrine to the Boys of Summer (even if my Braves suck right now *sniffles*).

And Nats Stadium is gorgeous. No more need be said about their winning prowess (or lack thereof). Though when they shoot off fireworks during/after the game, it sounds like someone's having a gang fight outside my house.

Glad you're having fun! :D
Carrie Leigh: Texas Rangerscarrie_leigh on May 8th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Nolan's been to Turner field. He said it was great! This is actually his thing; to visit all of the major league ballparks before he gets too old to enjoy traveling. I enjoy the game, but not enough to go out of my way to go to the ballparks.

I want to go to Chicago, though! That way we can get two ballparks in one trip!
Sharlenemynuet on May 8th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
A churro is a carb wonderland, relieved only by the fat from deep frying. The ones I've had tend to be like cigar-shaped doughnuts, rolled in sugar and cinnamon. Definitely not on any diet plan.
Carrie Leigh: Writer advancing senilitycarrie_leigh on May 8th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Wow. Just, wow. No, not on the plan. I'm still intrigued, though.
O Demanding One: Urs: Life Is Boring Without Meheyurs on May 8th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)

You know what struck me as WAY odd when we were out there (San Jose, San Fran & Oakland(I didn't spend time there--the fellas were at a game))? There weren't many white people. That meant hardly any black people. That was odd to me. I know. I'm nuts. But, hey, as far as I could see, we were the only black people in sight, and most thought I was Hispanic!   *laughs*

Don't forget to go to Ghirardelli's!! Even though, I'm sure I don't need to tell you that. ;D

Carrie Leigh: ruby slipperscarrie_leigh on May 8th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
Two black men sat in front of us at the game. One had on a NY Yankees World series ring, but I don't know who he was.

Honestly, I haven't noticed. Though we just walked through Chinatown, so there were more Asian folks than where I live.

I haven't been to Ghiradelli's, but we're going to fisherman's wharf, tonight. :D
O Demanding One: Urs: Ursness  :)heyurs on May 8th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)

I'm silly! It took me a few days to realize it even, but it just struck me as odd. *g*

Oooohhwheeee! HAVE FUN! :D

Elle Blessingway: Astoria Greengrass Mischiefelle_blessing on May 10th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
Ghiradelli's is overrated. It smells good, but I don't think their chocolate is anything special (not that I can eat it anymore. le sigh)
Elle Blessingwayelle_blessing on May 8th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
San Francisco is my least favorite place to visit in CA. And yes, the A's stadium sucks. It's about to fall over.

But having time (literally) on your side is nice :D I feel like if I waved, you'd see or something. WE'RE IN THE SAME TIME ZONE. >.>

Stay safe and keep having fun! (Also, I do have to say that the H&M in downtown SF is AWESOME)
Carrie Leigh: Roger kisscarrie_leigh on May 8th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
*waves* HI! CAN YOU HEAR ME?

We're very close to H&M. I have a great skirt and coat from there that I got the last time I was in NYC. I may check it out while NK is napping. :D:D

Elle Blessingway: Hot Shoes Great Sexelle_blessing on May 10th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
DOOD. I SO DID. It echoed. :D

They have totally cute clothes at fantastic prices. I got a leopard print pea coat last I was in SF. BEST BUY EVAR.
Elle Blessingway: Shiny Easily Distractedelle_blessing on May 10th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
(Also, that icon. *dedz*)