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!