I went over to visit Terry in Oakland. We had brunch at Lyons in Alameda with a lovely view of the Bay & lots of wild flowers along the beach there. We stopped off at a large Marina. Terry would love to buy a sail boat. Then onto to Jack London Sq. Was surprised to see that they have pulled down Jack London Village. Some kind of fair had been going on & there was a petting zoo with cute animals. We went in the huge B&N bookstore, Cost Plus & Beverages & More. I bought some Mcvities biscuits on sale.
On another day Terry came over here & we checked out Macy's Easter Flower Show. This year the theme was Brazil based on the gardens of a famous architect. I missed the usual English style blossoms but it was very well done. There were lots of orchids, palm trees & succulents set in rocks & waterfalls.
Another lovely day I helped Bill T with his move to Concord. He did it over several days. The only heavy item on this trip was his tv. I inherited a small side table, a coffee table, a Picasso & some yellow roses. All of which have blended nicely into my apt.
I like his new apt which has lots of windows & a view of trees, mountains, modern buildings & a park. He is close to a large supermarket & drugstore. Concord has lots of ethnic cafes & most of the coffee shop chains. He already made 3 friends of neighbors inc. Bob L.
I spent an afternoon & evening with Dixie. We bussed through almost every different part of town. Japanese, Jewish, Russian, Chinese, Black, Mexican & Filipino. We visited the Palace of the Legion of Honor for the Toulouse Lautrec exhibit. Then over to the Mission to "Foreign Cinema" a courtyard cafe where they show movies with the food. I had asparagus salad followed by herb chicken, garlic potatoes & 2 kinds of french bread.
I had a lunch date with Jill S at the Boulangerie on Polk St. The yuppie end. She is from Cambridge & used to work at the bookstore. Last year she re-visited the UK & also went to Japan. We had a delicious lunch. Very French. We even sat outside.
One sunny Sunday the Japanese Cherry Blossom Parade came by. It didn't draw a big crowd but it is a very pretty parade.
Vic B, an old friend from the 60's & 70's, who has been living in Portland, called to say he is back in the area. He has bought a house in Sacramento. He invited me to visit. It is 80 miles but the bus only takes about 2 hours. It was a lovely day with a light breeze. I have only been there a few times before & not seen much. This time I was very impressed. It is lovely city with beautiful neighborhoods. Lots of trees that form spectacular arches. A tremendous variety of house styles all with great gardens. I was impressed by all the roses I saw.
Vic's house is a 3 bedroom with a garden back & front. He has peonie, hydrangeas, azaleas, roses & a lemon tree with edible lemons. The house is well insulated. The front room has a big picture window with one way panes & an impressive bullt in sideboard.
We visited the Crocker Mansion Art Gallery. A fabulous restored Victorian. Lots of passable old masters & a modern extension. There was a special exhibit of blown glass by a famous artist. We walked through a big shopping centre, Old Town & along the river. Sacramento has 2 big rivers. We had dinner at an excellent Thai place.
SF Ballet. "Sleeping Beauty". A beautiful production with unusual Russian costumes in the first act.
Paul Taylor Dancers: A free rehearsal performance. They did 3 short ballets. All modern but some classical music. Excellent dancers.
Paris Opera Ballet: "La Bayadere". The Nureyev version. 3 acts. Huge company & lavish sets & costumes. The first act is mostly mime & looks like a silent movie but the other acts are full of sublime classical ballet.
"Saturday Night Fever". I have wanted to see this show ever since it opened. It got mixed reviews but I loved it & the audience cheered it from start to finish. I liked it more than "Mamma Mia". The lead actor was exceptional. The dancing was great.
"Cloud Nine". I went pay as you like night. I have seen this play twice before but I enjoy the British humour & the unusual casting against type.
Movies: This year I passed completely on the SF Film Festival. Nothing I could afford grabbed me.
"Bridget Jones' Diary". I enjoyed this film also for British humour but it was a little heavy handed with too many 4 letter words.
Eliza's. A Chinese restaurant with a colorful modern decor. Very imaginative food served on beautiful plates. I went twice. Once with Brady for his birthday. Then with Bill H who ordered ostrich!