Sunday, July 09, 2006

Art and Leisure

Due to the tightness of the schedule at work, I painted the floor of one of Berkeley Repertory Theatre's two spaces on Saturday morning. And after that, I scrubbed the paint off myself and Robb and I went out to the Richmond Art Center to attend James' opening.

On Sunday, we decided to track down a new letterbox at Jack London Square in Oakland. It seemed that everyone in Oakland who uses a cane or a walker or a wheelchair was there with us. There are a lot of large tile murals in the Bay Area, but I was particularly delighted with the tiles at Jack London Square.

Some messages seemed directed at our situation.

Some were more general.

Some displayed that wonderfully cryptic quality of great kid art...

A few were memorial plaques.

Many of the tiles had images of animals.

We stopped in at California Canoe and Kayak, to ask about the possibility of getting a private instructor to work with Robb. We're not certain that Robb will be able to kayak, but he is more likely to be able to do this than canoe or bicycle. We feel that it could be a lot of fun to try some kind of recreational sports. Who knows? This might be a wonderfully liberating experience, or it might be a total disaster. We will only learn by trying.

Robb and I walked to the site of the re-creation of Jack London's Alaskan log cabin. This building's sod roof looked rather odd in the middle of an urban harbor. I particularly liked the oxalis flowers that were growing on the roof.

We sat outside of Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon, which is a truly odd historic structure. Originally built in 1880 as a bunk house for oystermen, and constructed out of salvaged timbers from a whaling ship, it is a miracle that this building is quaint, rather than squalid.

In case you ever wondered what decades of nicotine can do, or why non-smoking bars are a good idea....these are business cards that have been pinned the the ceiling of the bar.

And if all of that weren't nice enough, we got together with Kara for a delicious Burmese dinner. She has all of the external hardware out of her arm, and is working very hard with her physical therapists. Considering how severely she was injured in her crash, it was really thrilling to see her lift her glass with her "bad" hand!


Kim said...

would handcycling be a possibility?

Lisa and Robb said...

We had hoped to try some of the adaptive bikes out, too.

Hard to justify spending so much money on a style of bike that we hope Robb will not need for long.

We so hope that he will continue to recover, and that he will eventually be ablt to use a traditional bike.

Kim said...

for sure!
I wonder if there might be used adapted bikes, or maybe plans for them? Might be a fun project if you guys have friends that are into welding and bikes?

this outfit in Philly might have some info

Bicycling and Handcycling
Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports
#4 Boathouse Row
Philadelphia, Pa 19130
*Soaring, in-line skating, tandem cycling, handcycling, scuba diving, rowing running and walking.

/Keep recumbent style bikes in mind for the future, I understand from chatting with some proponents that they are more comfortable in general.. lots of riders especially guys, have problems from the position of regular bikes, not their backs but the area that contacts the seat..

shiloh said...

For bicycle plans go to and request one of their catalogs. There is a book that is *unusual* bike plans.


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