IHey ya. What’s going on in your world?
Well, ours is busy enough for the moment – still spending most daylight hours on the job circuit: research and contacts and networking here and there. Severa irons in the fire at the moment, hoping for a score. Still feeling very optimistic – how can you not, with so much great stuff going on in the Bay Area.
Aside from the search, our daily routine continues – and yesterday that included a trip into the Estuary with Walk On. It’s good to get the boat out once in a while, keep the ‘bits’ working, stretch her legs and all that. Actually, she could have done a lot more stretching yesterday. I did’t get her out onto the bay for sailing, but that will likely happen soon enough.
Instead, I just wanted to give the Yanmar a little workout. So, I went to the fuel dock @ Jack London square for a pump out. Typically, we use the ‘land heads’ here at the Marina, but I wanted to practice the pump out thing because we’d never done that on our cruise. It was easy. Then, I motored slowly up and down the estuary, testing that all was well with the engine and propulsion system, going fast, going slow, going forward, going in reverse. It was a gorgeous day out, and so I took a few pics, this time from the water…
This is the Encinal Yacht Club, seen from the water. This is where Jeff and Sandy took us for MNF and Canadian Thanksgiving celebration last Monday. If we do join a Yacht Club in the area, it might just be this one. We’ll see.
Check them out online: http://www.encinal.org/
A shot looking across the estuary from us: Oakland.
Right next to the Encinal Yacht Club is the Oakland Yacht Club. This one seems much bigger – at least in terms of boats actually moored at the Yacht Club. We haven’t visited here yet – as YC visits haven’t been high on our priority list…
The Marina Village Yacht Harbor, where we live, is actually split in two. To the east of us (left side of this photo) is the larger, main part of the marina – this larger part having probably more than 600 slips. Then there’s a break in the continuity of the MVYH facilities, caused by these four gigantic slipways, or ramps.
I still haven’t found out their complete history, but these large, gently sloping ramps, or slipways, were used to built Liberty ships and even some Empire class ships before and during the WWII ship building frenzy. It is said that there were so many of these slipways in the Bay Area that back in the day, they’d splash a Liberty ship every day of the year. That’s a lot of ships!
Anyway, the ‘land’ or street-side of these ramps, which ramp up above street level, have now been converted into office space. It’s also where our restroom, shower, and laundry facilities are located. More about these structures some day when I have a chance to research the whole thing better. It’s something, however, that I know my Mother will like to see and ponder when they visit.
So, looking west, or to the right of this photo, you see another basin of boats. This is the area we call home. Everyone else calls it “Gate 11”.
This is the Gate 11 basin, with a hotel in the background – it’s the Extended StayAmerica efficiency studios. We’ve heard mixed things about it, but have never stayed there. When we’re in our slip, the building is right in front of us, causing and early evening shadow when the sun is headed down to the horizon. 😦
Right next to Gate 11 is another marina… except this one is composed not only of boats… yes, those are floating houses you see. They’re connected to the shore by ramps and walkways, just like we are – but they’re floating houses that can’t really serve as boats (opposite of our ocean-going cruising machine that also serves as a house. he he he). Some of them are quite nice looking – we’ll have to get some better pics.
Friday night we went to nearby Castro Valley for a family dinner. Family? Yeah! Turns out part of the extended family on my dad’s side includes Lucy, and Lucy lives pretty close to Alameda. I’m still trying to get my head all the way around the genealogy, but Lucy tells me we’re double related. Wow, double! We have the same great great grandparents, from my grandmother (Rosa Rupil) and from my grandfather’s (Martino Martin) side!
Anyway, Lucy was nice enough invite us over for dinner at her house, with husband Denny and son Chris. A bonus was that Lucy’s sister, Bobbie, was visiting from San Diego with her husband Chris – a fellow ND Grad (class of ’73) and Navy Veteran who was stationed, more than once, at the Naval Air Station right here on Alameda! SMALL WORLD.
We had a stellar dinner of gnocchi alla romana (semolina baby!), wonderful polpette, salad, wine, desert and even Limoncello & homemade grappa from Val Pesarina! Wha t a treat. We got around to talking genealogy and Lucy broke out some old photos – hoping perhaps I knew one or two of those faces in black and white. Lucy is on a quest to piece together more and more of the family tree and while I couldn’t help right then and there (I didn’t recognize them), I will assist her in the future – just as soon as I can dig out my own tree they gave me up in Val Pesarina. I don’t know where it is!
I did, however, recognize some of the pics: here they are!
This is Elda & Severino Martin, aka Agna (Aunt, Zia) Hilda and Barba (Uncle, Zio) Sam.
I don’t know when this pic was taken, but their kids Lucy, John, Paula & Sevy probably know – anyway, wonderful people and so many great memories for me. She used to take my college compositions in Italian, correct them with a big red marker, and mail them back to me at ND.
On the right is my Uncle Red, aka Ido Martin. I THINK, but I’m not sure, that it’s Uncle Leo, aka Lio Martin, on the left. Dad, help me out. Maybe I can get Lori to take a look.
Another shot of Ido, my Uncle Red. Miss this one too!
And here they are, the Arizona Martin boys… That’s Dad on the left, and Uncle Hugo, aka Ugo, on the right.
Handsome boys, right?
We had a great time, and thank Lucy and family for the wonderful reception. Looking forward to doing more genealogy work with her!
How to follow up with a busy Friday? How about a musical Saturday?
Tonight we’re headed to the south bay to meet up with Angela & Anthony and the girls… and then we’ll head to a place called Shoreline to see a concert… JOURNEY! Take me back to the 80s……..