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Life is tough here in the San Francisco Bay area! You wouldn’t want to live here because commonly it’s warm in the sun and cool in the shade. This afternoon we had to hike up a steep trail for fifteen minutes to get to a remote spot with a park bench and a good private view. ( at +37.92244-122.3019 ) El Cerrito and The Bay spread out before us like a Google Earth 3D chart.

The San Francisco Bay as seen from the El Cerrito Hills.

San Francisco across the Bay as seen from the El Cerrito Hills.

Being a Saturday, The Bay was littered with little sail boats with their aggressive little crews trying to beat out some other little aggressive little crew for a plastic trophy. You can get one of these trophies down at the thrift store for almost nothing so the real point of these sail boat beatings is not the trophy but to beat other people, whom you don’t know, around a circle in the water. It is rather like the circular work day commute in cars around the pylons of home and work but in this case it done in small boats around pylon flags in the water for relaxation.

It is reminds me of the Olympic ice skater, Nancy Kerrigan’s plea after getting whacked in the knee, “Why me? Why anyone?”. Why them? It is strange why people go about trying to beat up on one another and I am quick to admit I don’t understand it. However, that seems to be the way things are, the way people are, so we go from there, no matter what the struggle or how worthless the reward.

San Francisco as seen in the distance from the El Cerrito Hills.

San Francisco as seen in the distance from the El Cerrito Hills.

It was late when we left our park bench perch  and night was falling. The City took on the colors of the night and one couldn’t help but wonder where the Maltese Falcon was now.

The Golden Gate Bridge was in the distance

The Golden Gate Bridge was in the distance

This bridge is the scene of innumerable adventures and there will be more. With its going, be it 12 years or 12,000, that will be one of its greatest events of all.

Life here is just one thing after another and in the night after the sun has gone down it gets so cool you have to put on a jacket be it summer or winter.