Yesterday I spent the day playing video games with Clover. We learned you can play “Classic Smash”, a kind of story mode for characters that mostly consist of beating up roughly related characters. Oh, what we learned was you can play it as a team! So we played through a bunch of character stories as duos, and it was pretty cool!
Today we went to REI to make it easier for me to work outside, as our apartment gets very little network connection.
Yesterday we got stuck on Alameda Island for a couple of hours, as the traffic in the tunnels were at a standstill. I’m fine sitting in traffic, but I don’t do tunnel traffic. It raises too many red flags for me to be comfortable.
Anyhow, we drove out to the former naval base turned spirits haven (of the drinking variety). Neat use of large buildings.
And then we made our way along the waterfront to the Fruitvale bridge and escaped from Alameda there!
Since we were in SF we decided to visit one of our old haunts: Japantown. After a hilarious half of our commute from Golden Gate Park to Nihonmachi, where we drove several blocks to be deposited in a bizarre one-way lane loop and then put back where we had come from and could not turn left until we returned to Golden Gate Park, we then had a very frustrating experience with folks double-parking in facinating places, such as in the intersection on Fillmore and Geary, which is just wild.
My point is, driving in SF sucks, and we miss taking public transit to places.
Anyhow, we got the essentials from Japantown: Yotsuba&! volume 15, and shoyu.
Yotsuba&! has already been read (and cried upon), and we await volume 16, which is kinda wild that I follow a more than yearly released manga with my kid…
We don’t normally buy shoyu in Japantown, like it isn’t special or anything. We just happened to go to the market there and that is one thing we needed. Surprisingly, we didn’t get anything else! Like, normally we leave there laden with snacks and Japantown only finds. I think it’s a combo of two variables:
Since the pandemic began we’ve really learned to be self-sufficient in regards to what we eat and enjoy, and
October is our sweets month: birthday and Halloween
It isn’t even Halloween and I don’t think our family is looking forward to a bunch of candy. We’ve just gotten through the cakes… it’s a nice problem to have!
@susan bought Clover a small, simple wooden top, and it provided our family hours of entertainment, just last night. So that’s a magical find, for sure.
I’ve been taking Clover’s photo in that cutout for so many years, we used to have pick them up to put their head in the hole.
For dinner we had Susan’s rice bowls, with tofu, broccoli, and avocado, which really hit the spot, as it’s difficult to walk around Japantown without one’s mouth watering, it’s a whole experience.
Then we wrote messages on guitar picks for our friend who died recently. The picks will be sent to our friend’s family to be included as part of the services. It’s strange to say so little on this subject, compared to the rest of this log, as it weighs more in my mind. So I padded it out with some tangent sentences.
Here’s a cropped version with just the creatures, and then I… adjusted “Shadow-Highlights” in GNU Image Manipulation Program. I’m not sure what’s exactly going on there, but it at least shows what I’m trying to show.
Today we met with our educational coordinator and turned in work samples. Clover has been writing a lot lately, one of the catalysts for setting up a laptop (editing is easier on a laptop than writing long form pieces over and over…).
Over the weekend a long term idea seemed to take a form I can build, so thinking about that.