The whisky of rearending fate

The weather continues to be spectacular in terms of views and slightly wamish unless one stays near the water–not a hard thing to do in this Bay’s-edge location.  After a crawl looking for–and finding–good local colour-in-signs along Telegraph Avenue,

in the Hat store window on Telegraph, near Blake

in the Hat store window on Telegraph, near Blake

detail from the Free Speech Movement mural on Dwight at Telegraph

detail from the Free Speech Movement mural on Dwight at Telegraph

IMG_2052 Carole and I headed north to Richmond and had a hike from the Point Isabel dog park to the Rosie the Riveter Memorial and back.  Part of this is a rail trail nicely converted for pedestrians.  Replanting and other eco-reclamation has been done and–due to a dodder infestation–is underway.

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We stopped at the liquor warehouse on San Pablo to check out the Islay whisky collection and I was quite pleased that I could get a bottle of my favourite Bunnahabhain there as a departure gift for Carole and Sally. If only I remembered the last time I was in the Bay Area, thrilled to find access to Port Askaig….

We got at least a dozen blocks up Solano before getting rearended, a bizarre deja vu of when I tried to get the same whisky for Sarah, in Sarah’s car, more than five years ago.  What is it with the confluence of this delicate, rural whisky, Berkeley traffic and my friends?

In spite of the fact that this round the offending driver proved to run as well as hit, the case got sewn up within less than two hours. (That his license plate imprinted itself on the bumper was satisfying). Yes, the car sports enough damage to warrant professional intervention. But nobody got hurt and the earlier relaxed quality of the day was at least partially salvaged by slaking our thirst with a bit of northern Islay.

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