|Around the bay in 13 hours
||[Oct. 11th, 2004|12:30 am]
On friday, Larry randomly showed up and we went out to dinner with Alexey (another person I know from the IETF). It wasn't so surprising that Larry was actually in the area, more that I found out he was with about 6 hours notice. Had italian at Pasta? on Castro street. Wasn't terribly impressed with the place in general.
On Saturday Larry and saranade and I went to downtown Mountain View, had lunch, and visited 2 bookstores. We apparently have a used bookstore in Mountain View that is far better than even Max's Backs (of cleveland). There were probably close to 1200 linear feet of science fiction in this place.
Today Nathan showed up and we met up with Brighton in Berkeley for, er, breakfast at an inidan restaurant. I picked up Nathan at the Berkely Amtrack stop that claims to be at the corner of University and Third Street. However, there isn't a third street, atleast not one that crosses university. And if there was, it would be right where the train tracks were. And they didn't even cross university, they went under it. Thankfully I found the station after discovering fifth and fourth streets.
The indian restaurant was pretty good, and later we met up with gilt and hung out at his house for a while before deciding to take a trip up to Golden Gate National Rec Area to do some hiking (or, as it turned out, general wandering around). Belaji (I'm sure hyperzot can help with my spelling and location of lj username if necessary here) also joined up with us there. That was a good time, and the day was really clear, so we could see the entire city. Sadly, I didn't have my camera with me, but Nathan got a few shots in with his 35mm.
Then we crossed the golden gate bridge and went to North Beach for dinner. This is also known as San Francisco's Little Italy. It was pretty good and we were there for a few hours. Nice and relaxing.
Got to drive home over the bay bridge, meaning I've now driven each of the major bay bridges once (The Dunbarton and San Mateo on the 2 trips to Berkeley -- and the Golden Gate and the Bay today).