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The Halloween Parade

One of the unexpected pleasures of living on our street is that, every year around Halloween, the entire population of the elementary school, half a block away, dresses up in costume and parades up one side of the street and back down again the other side, one classroom at a time (preceded by signs identifying the teacher).  Today was a bright sunny Halloween Monday, and there they all went.  I stopped eating lunch to watch them.

Some of the costumes were really imaginative.  We had the usual brides, tramps, witches, wizards, and ghosts, of course.  But I also saw:  two little girls dressed as a pair of dice (yes, square cardboard costumes); two different boxy robots; a child in a totem post costume more than twice as tall as he was, with accurate Northwest Indian designs; and a young lady dressed as an 18th century court lady, in white satin and lace, with a full Madame Pompadour wig almost a foot high (the jeans visible under the skirt hem kind of took the edge off that one).  There were several penguins (at least one adult), wearing floppy yellow felt feet, with red chili peppers on the breast and a sort of crown of flames made of construction paper.  I saw a Spiderman, but also a Flash (the Justice League RULES!).  Orange and black striped knee socks were popular.  I do think the young lady in the frilly dark red tutu should have reconsidered the hot pink leggings, they didn’t go with it.  My husband said he saw a bunch of chicken suits, but I missed those.

Our neighbor across the street stared in amazement, he said he’d never been home for it before.  Then he went and got his camera.  I didn’t get any pictures, sorry, but it was a lovely parade.  We have an elderly neighbor who walks a very small elderly dachshund; they waited in our front sidewalk for quite a while as the cavalcade streamed past.  I don’t think the dog appreciated it.

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Strolling Through the Neighborhood

As my knee recovers from the assault and battery it went through in March, walking is officially part of my rehab, so I’m slowly extending the range of my walks.  Today I did an errand on foot, instead of in the car – I had to pick up a couple of items from the local drugstore.  The weather said it might rain, and it did, but not while I was walking; it was cloudy and not even very cold.  My pedometer tells me I walked 1.3 miles, round trip, which was just about the right increase from my 1 mile walk the other day.

My neighborhood, Rockridge in north Oakland, is a walker’s paradise, and in April in California just about everything is in bloom.   Sorry, I didn’t get any photographs.  I particularly liked the Pacific coast iris, but the whole walk was very floral.

As I was walking down Florio to College Avenue, I heard a rumble and a roar, and just as I reached the corner, three California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers swooped into Florio, curved gracefully into a perfect line, and backed in formation into a parking place.  It was a really elegant maneuver.  According to the immortal Herb Caen’s definition, I guess that makes the Claremont Diner, on the corner, a “Santa Rosa three-star” restaurant!

On my way home, I stopped by the juniper patch in the Bank of America parking lot to watch the birds.  There were four or five male and maybe one or two female sparrows hopping around on top of the plants – let’s just say they were doing what birds do in April!  I saw at least three tries at it, plus numerous males chasing other males away from the girls.  In case you wonder how birds do it, the males weren’t in position on the females for more than about 2 seconds at a time.  I assume they were successful but I’m not a bird expert – maybe these were all near misses.

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New Year’s Day 2009

January 1, 2009 was a really nice day, so I strolled up Chabot Canyon with my digital camera.  Here's what I took:

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Well, I finally went digital. I have a new Canon Digital Rebel Xsi, and I took it to the “Out and About on College” street fair, on September 28, 2008. Here are my photos.

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