Monday, August 3, 2009

Being in Berkeley

Mom and I are letting the kids sleep in this morning (and giving ourselves some much needed peace and quiet!) so I had some time to go thru my pictures from yesterday. The drive down was long with more fighting between the Things than we've EVER had before so when we do the second leg of the trip to San Diego I am considering giving them dramamine to make them sleep. Or a fifth of vodka. Whatever.

*It's a JOKE, I'm just joking!*

We wandered around Berkeley yesterday while Marvelous Mom took my car to Sunnyvale to visit a childhood friend. Daughter and Scientist Genius Brother went to see the new Johnny Depp movie (drool) and the Things and I got ice cream and then hung out in a park in the middle of the city.

The park was absolutely hysterical. There were lots of homeless people, some sleeping on the grass and others congregated in the shade hanging out and talking with what looked to be assistance workers - possibly from the YMCA that adjoins the park grounds.

There were several hippies playing guitars.

A gaggle (flock? swarm? school?) of teenage boys were skateboarding on the opposite end of the park from the homeless guys chatting.

Young lovers were making out on a blanket off by the playground area.

And a guy in a THREE PIECE BUSINESS SUIT was doing tai-chi in the grass.

I'm telling you, only in Berkeley.

My little tree-huggers doing their thing...

Eating ice cream in the plaza outside the Berkeley B.A.R.T. station...

And finally we finished off the day eating pizza at Zachary's, the best pizza place on the entire planet!

Today we will go into San Francisco where Daughter has an itinerary as long as her arm (we might make it to a quarter of the places she wants to go) and then tomorrow it's off to San Diego!


Yo is Me said...

glee glee glee!! i'm clapping with glee!!!

in my head, i am.

SO excited to see you guys! and meet the things and daughter! she's so pretty. i'm glad my nephew isn't around.

i would not judge you if you gave the boys dramamine AND a fifth of vodka.

Kate said...

Lemon vodka is the best.
You know, not that you would actually give it to them..
but in case you needed a sip or fifty. :o)

MOM #1 said...

Looks like fun. I would have LOVED to see a photo of the guy in the 3 piece business suite doing tai-chi. That sounds hilarious.

Can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip.

Shelly... said...

Ohhh Zachary's Pizza...
I thought it was okay to give kids vodka to quiet them down? Well, I guess there goes my backup plans if the twins are fighting.

Nana said...

The Things literally love their trees. Kian greived the loss when you had some cut down awhile back.

I loved watching them play their twin games in the pool. The 3 of us then went into the bar (only in CA)and had a conversation that ranged from religion to robots. They're a trip...

Deborah said...

Looks like a great trip! :-)

Christy said...

Love the pics! And no worries--we all drug the little ones with Benedryl from time to time. I know, I know--it's only a joke people!