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Earlier morning…

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 by calixton

…off to work we go. I actually got out the front door on time this morning (prodded slightly by Miss T) and headed to the Davis station, in the dark, to board the Bay Area-bound Train 525, in the dark. Fortunately, at this time of year I arrived in the Bay Area after the sun […]

Early morning…

Monday, September 29th, 2008 by calixton

…running late. Had a leisurely start this morning. The sky was already turning light by the time I got to the station. Still, I’m barely awake. *yawn* It’s going to be a long day.

Gelateria Naia…

Thursday, September 25th, 2008 by calixton

…in Berkeley. One of my coworkers, chocolateCat, recently celebrated a birthday. Our art director, la bel artiste, used this to turn last Tuesday afternoon into a special, gelato-based occasion. An email invitation was sent out: “Let’s go down to the gelato place at 3:45,” it read. “Also, I think someone recently had a birthday. Anyway, […]

Under 680…

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 by calixton

…stopped at a bridge. The Capitol Corridor crosses the Carquinez Strait at a Union Pacific railroad drawbridge between Benicia and Martinez. Occasionally—say 1-in-10 trips—the bridge is raised to allow cargo ships (car carriers to and from Benicia and oil tankers for Pittsburg) to pass through. When the bridge is up, train traffic is held up […]

Coke™ break…

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 by calixton

…at Valley Life Sciences Building (VLSB). Now that Cal has started up again for Fall, finding a vacant spot to sit and muse can be challenging during campus high traffic hours (10 a.m.–2 p.m.). I tried out the courtyard at VLSB last week—it was pleasant enough, but table seating is extremely limited. I think there […]

Domokun…

Monday, September 22nd, 2008 by calixton

…at Target®. For Halloween. Do you know Domokun? (If not, here’s a brief article about him on Wikipedia.) For the purposes of this post, the most important thing to know about Domokun is that he’s from Japan. Last week Autoteknik tipped us off (via iPhone photo, natch) that Domokun had “officially” landed in the U.S.—at […]

Walking on campus…

Friday, September 19th, 2008 by calixton

…last Monday a.m. I like being on campus in the morning. It’s typically cooler, so I can trudge up the (slight) rise in elevation to the University’s grounds without breaking (much of) a sweat. Also, the students don’t start appearing until well after 9, so you can move about without having to navigate throngs of […]

More dirty train windows…

Thursday, September 18th, 2008 by calixton

…on Amtrak Capitol Corridor 525. Every now and again in the morning I snap out of my Capitol Corridor-induced stupor and manage to look out one of our spotty train windows. And, in some of those few times that I’m squinting out at the landscape-cityscape-industrialfacilityscape, an interesting view flashes by. Interesting to me, anyway. The […]

BART called it…

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008 by calixton

…a “medical emergency.” The Mercury News called it a “body found on tracks.” Those of us trying to get to Richmond via BART to catch our Capitol Corridor connection called it “missing our train and catching the next one.” Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of cramming into an AC Transit bus with maybe 60 […]

Auto washette…

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008 by calixton

…but no autos. I rode by the Davis Auto Washette on the way back from this weekend’s late night yogurt jaunt. Although the washette was brightly lit, no one was there exchanging quarters for do-it-yourself automotive cleanliness. I could have washed my bicycle, I suppose.