Saturday, April 9, 2011

What Color Are the Wooden Tables at Red's JAVA HOUSE?

So after discovering I can no longer snag a $10 sidewalk ticket at AT&T now that the Giants are World Series champs I still enjoyed myself around the Park for an hour having walked from work at 1 p.m. for the 1:35 home opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was a great day, sunny and mild, a bit chilly when the wind came up. I ended up at Red's JAVA HOUSE just to check out this icon along the bay. I saw someone's chili cheese fries and at $3.88 I couldn't beat it. There was seating in the front, back under the canvas tarp and outside in the patio right on the water. I chose inside under the tarp where webbed feet of gulls walked or the shadows of pigeons and gulls flew over. At my table was a 20-something couple on a road trip together and headed to Austin for a wedding, where I just flew from. He stuck some chewing tobacco between his bottom front teeth and gums and spit out into his beer can every few minutes. I felt like telling him there's a better way to live. The atmosphere was lively and friendly. He's actually a Cardinals fan. I shared with them my 48-state-trip story and publishing the journal last year. I looked at all the photos of celebs around the joint and took it all in. I left when the score was 3/2 Giants in the 8th inning. I walked to Embarcadero Cinema but missed Jane Eyre by 45 minutes. Getting tired having walked all over the city I was glad to arrive home on BART and begin a relaxing evening of Oprah, a new show called Chaos I enjoyed, and Blue Bloods. Giants won 5/4 in the 12th inning around 6 p.m., the time I got home!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

March 28, 1776 - March 28, 2011. San Francisco's 335th Anniversary

"Colonization of the Bay was assigned to Juan Batista de Anza, a third-generation frontier soldier, who, in late 1775, led a land party of 240 men, women and children, from Tubac (near present-day Tucson, Arizona) to Mission San Gabriel. De Anza arrived at Mission San Gabriel (present-day Los Angeles) on January 4, 1776. After helping Rivera y Moncada, Governor of California, subdue an Indian revolt at San Diego, De Anza left most of the party at Monterey and led an advance guard to San Francisco Bay. Apparently Rivera would not allow De Anza to bring the settlers along because he did not want to weaken Monterey and because he believed that San Francisco was too foggy (!) to sustain a colony. The small party under De Anza's leadership, which included his lieutenant, José Moraga, reached the tip of the San Francisco peninsula on March 28, 1776. At the site now occupied by Fort Point, De Anza had a cross planted to mark the location of the future presidio. The site was of course selected for its strategic position allowing surveillance of the entrance to the bay." I CHOSE THIS 335th ANNIVERSARY TO LET EVELANIA CUT 10 INCHES OF MY HAIR FOR DONATION TO LOCKS OF LOVE. SHE HAD ALREADY CUT HERS FOR DONATION. P.S. De Anza could have donated his beard.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April 6, 1830

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is 181 years old today. Fifty years ago on March 25, 1961, Mother, Rose and I were baptized by my brother Don. Rose and I celebrated our 50th baptismal anniversary together with our daughters and four other family members in the Oklahoma City Temple. What a thrilling experience it was as I smiled and wished my sister congratulations in the beautiful celestial room. Donald and Beverly Davis were the first in the family to join the Church and he interested Mother in taking the missionary discussions. I am blessed to be a member and have a testimony of the Prophet Joseph restoring the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and know it is a true book.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I Love Redbud

This glorious annual blooming blossom tree that shows up in March and then becomes heart-shaped leaves is stunning. It's everywhere in Oklahoma. Oklahoma designated redbud (Cercis canadensis) as the official state tree in 1937. The redbud tree's reddish-pink blossoms brighten the landscape throughout the state.