I’m writing this via my gmail account. Meaning, I’m composing an email
that I’m about to send to email@example.com.
If all goes well, this text will end up on my blog and on a posterous
micro-blog. (If I’d set it up, it would go to Twitter and Facebook as
well–but I figured I’d test this first before I start spamming by
I visited the Albany Waterfront park for the first time on Saturday. Odd place. It’s a small peninsula sticking out into the bay that’s crisscrossed by walking paths in various states of repair.
It feels like a former industrial area—maybe a port or warehouse district, I’m unsure of the history— gone wild. There is a sort of main path that runs along the water, but it intersects with a bunch of smaller paths that twist through the area. Tall grasses and plants (six, seven feet tall) make some areas feel like you’re walking through a maze. Remnants of previous structures(?) (concrete, rebar, chucks of asphalt) and bits of metal and driftwood jut out of the ground from time to time. (According to Albany Today the site was a former landfill–I just learned that, BTW.)
The most interesting thing about this weird little park is the art. Local artists have made lots of… stuff from the flotsam and jetsam. Some are elaborate (like the figure above or the dragon/sea monster complete with rider below) and some are simple–stenciled graffiti or a piece of driftwood that’s been given a face.
We went around dusk and the light was failing, but I plan to go back and take some more pictures.
As you may or may not know, in January we moved out of San Francisco and bought a house in Albany, California—a small town carved out of the north end of Berkeley in the East Bay. (Translation for the New Yorkers: it’s sort of like going from Manhattan to Brooklyn—maybe Park Slope or Cobble Hill.) I have now achieved that most American of dreams: massive mortgage debt!
So, join me now on a walk to the Albany Post Office to mail my taxes. There will be sidewalks, train tracks, plants and more!
As a bonus you’ll get an assortment of FUN facts about my new town! Impress your friends and co-workers at your next cocktail party when you work the official town motto of Albany into the conversation.
Also, I didn’t skimp on the coverage. You’ll get THIRTEEN action packed minutes of walking… and… er… talking!
(Or when you have some time to kill.)
ps – Since I know nothing about video compression, this is a pretty massive file (36 Megs). If you have trouble viewing it in your browser you might try downloading the video by clicking this link and then opening it.