April 22, 2006

APRIL 21, 2006

Interesting class scheduling here at the TKGA convention this year. Yesterday morning, Frances and I had a class with Beth Brown-Reinsel for three hours in the morning, and then a six-hour break for lunch. What else to do when in the Bay Area but to head out to the beach --

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Frances, with bright pink sea star. This critter from time to time curled up the little ends of its tentacles at us, so we knew it was still alive. Frances was like a little kid, finding sand dollars.

And to visit the San Francisco Zoo:

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I was very impressed with Frances's ability to negotiate the public transportation system in the Bay Area, and get us from Oakland to San Francisco and back again. Couldn't've done it without her.

We came back to the evening session of our class on Norwegian Mittens with Beth Brown-Reinsel. (The evening session was from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM -- beats the heck out of me why TKGA gave us the afternoon off, but, obviously, we managed to make the most of it.)

One of our fellow students had brought in champagne and a wonderful small feast (salmon! chive dip! Godiva chocolates!), and when class was over we toasted Beth's birthday:

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Left to right: Dee, Beth B-R, Cathy who fed us, and Frances. I was behind the camera, of course.

Big banquet tonight. Frances and Nancy are being pinned with their Master Knitter pins!

Posted by Karen at April 22, 2006 06:17 PM

I was at the San Francisco Zoo in 1979 when they opened the insect zoo. I remember those lions (although they were much bigger when i was 7...maybe it's erosion?) and Pogo the gorilla, who is still there. Thanks for the reminder of that trip, it was a good one. Oh, and watch out for that bunch of ladies, they look pretty wild!

Posted by: Enjay at April 22, 2006 06:59 PM

You went to the beach? You went to the zoo? I lived 2.5 miles from that exact spot when we lived in S.F. I know it was 2.5 miles because I did a five-mile walk to the zoo and home every night. I was only 125lbs at the time. Yes, don't faint.....

Sounds like you're having a blast. Will be fun to hear the rest!

Linda K

Posted by: Linda "K" at April 22, 2006 08:17 PM

a 6 hour break? That is really strange. You definitely used the time wisely, though. What fun! I love the great photo of you. I think the birthday party for Beth looks like a blast! Thanks for all the report...

Posted by: Anne at April 23, 2006 05:31 PM

You are having so much fun that I am so jealous! I love the picture of you with the lion!

Posted by: Rebecca at April 24, 2006 10:40 AM

Hi Karen et al,

The beach was great, and I am glad Karen agreed to go with me! I have 2 "nature study" questions for all you west coast people:
1.How do sand dollars locomote? My husband wants to know.......is it "cilia" (sp?) or something? Karen told me they have gray hairs when alive so I am thinking they use them.
2.How come the sand is partly black in San Fran? It isn't oil because i had to rub my hands on my light colored jeans, and no trace of dirt appeared. Also it is much sparklier than east coast sand.......

Inquiring minds want to know.

Karen was a great roomate - non stop knitting chat for 5 days straight, all hours.....

Frances - back east again and glad to be home but love San Fran, esp walking across the Golden Gate! Wow.

Posted by: Frances at April 25, 2006 01:40 PM