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17 December 2006 @ 04:15 pm
A Day in Berkeley  
A cold day. We went to Berkeley and the Botanical Garden. First we had lunch at Saul's. For Hanukkah Saul's set up an outdoor Latkes tent. After a 15 minute wait we were seated. I had one latke and a bagel with cream cheese and lox. Jim had a cup of bean soup, a pastrami and swiss cheese (not kosher) sandwich on dark rye with a side of potato salad. We both had coffee. It was very good.

After Saul's we stopped by the Black Oak Book. I love this indepenent book store. Used books make me happy.

Then to the Botanical Gardens. On this mid winter day we had the place to ourselves. Berkeley has a wonderful collection. Many specimens where collected decades ago. There is a great sundial in the old rose garden. I think I looked at this same sundial with my mother in the 60s. There are some billion dollar views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco bay in some parts of the gardens.

I am a little sad this year. Partly because my father has been gone for two years and partly because I feel a lot less nostalgic. Feelings of nostalgia had always been a part of how I viewed the world. Without it I feel a bit empty. The best thing I have to take it's place is gratitude. With Jim and my family I have a very rich life.

Here is a picture of my mother in the Berkeley Botanical Garden entry in 1969.