August 31, 2003

First Saturday back in SF. This week has been way too cold, shockingly so. Tonight we’re cloaked in a wet, palpable fog. Mist everywhere. And it’s freezing.

It’s been foggy almost all day, I think. Melissa and I decided to drive to the East Bay in search of sunnier, greener pastures. We first stopped at the Cheeseboard, a bakery co-op in Berkeley, for some of their excellent pizza. This Berkeley institution is right across the street from Chez Panisse on Shattuck Avenue and has been around for thirty years. There is no boss nor are there employees; it is worker-owned. Every time I go, there’s a jazz musician playing the piano in the bakery as you wait in line. After Melissa and I paid for our pizza, we headed outside for an al fresco lunch. We took in a good dose of the sun as we joined about a dozen other people sitting on the grassy island in the middle of Shattuck Avenue, chowing down on Cheese Board’s masterpiece of the day: mushroom, green pepper, parsley, garlic oil, feta and mozzarella pizza.

From there, we made our way to IKEA in Emeryville. [Note to self: IKEA is a crazy, crazy zoo on Saturdays.] We did a good deal of weaving, first through the cars in the parking lot and then through the maddening crowds inside. After two hours of roaming through aisles of plastic kitchen utensils and gaudy shower curtains, we came to our last hurdle: the lines at the cash registers. And I thought the lines at the DMV were long.

What’s a girl to do on a Saturday night? Funny, but I had a hankering to do laundry tonight. I ended up at a small laundromat in the outer Richmond. You’d be surprised at how many men do their laundry on a Saturday night. There was maybe one other girl. I actually felt really lonely there.

I miss LA. I miss the heat. I miss everyone.

Currently watching: Kiki’s Delivery Service by Hayao Miyazaki. A really charming, coming-of-age anime.


One Response to “”

  1. Clarephile Says:

    1. hmm… “mushroom, green pepper, parsley, garlic oil, feta and mozzarella pizza” yum!
    2. LA misses you too. 🙂
    3. heh, heh… Kiki’s Delivery Service… cute!

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