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So I moved to the east yay area
Topic by: Catullus
Posted: June 2, 2007 - 12:18 AM PDT
Last Reply: August 28, 2007 - 10:06 PM PDT

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author topic: So I moved to the east yay area
Catullus
post #1  on June 2, 2007 - 12:18 AM PDT  
any suggestions for fun things to do? I live in pleasant hill nearby JFK University and Sunvalley Mall

nothing between 8-5 monday - friday plz, yes i have one of those jobs ;_;
hamano
post #2  on June 2, 2007 - 6:00 AM PDT  
> On June 2, 2007 - 12:18 AM PDT Catullus wrote:
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> nothing between 8-5 monday - friday

That still leaves 15 hours every weekday and 48 hours over the weekend to watch anime and play games! Yay!
Catullus
post #3  on June 2, 2007 - 10:59 AM PDT  
> On June 2, 2007 - 6:00 AM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On June 2, 2007 - 12:18 AM PDT Catullus wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > nothing between 8-5 monday - friday
>
> That still leaves 15 hours every weekday and 48 hours over the weekend to watch anime and play games! Yay!
> ---------------------------------

Thats all? I need to quit my job... or find one that pays me to play video games and watch anime ^_~
woozy
post #4  on June 2, 2007 - 1:03 PM PDT  
Ooh. Don't know pleasanton too well. How do you define "things to do"? There's lots of regional parks I can tell you about if you like that sort of things. (Mt. Diablo should be your first stop.) If you come to Oakland you should wander around the China town area; I have a feeling you might like that. I rather like Oakland's Lake Merritt and the Oakland Museum but I've found my enjoyment of local museums is kind of nerdy and not many people share it. It's not a great museum but it gives a really quick over-view into the psyche of northern Californians. As a social phobic, I know absolutely nothing about local clubs or nightlife if that's what you are asking about. I know a few good restaraunts but all in the Oakland/Berkeley area. If you like Indian food and you are ever in Walnut Creek you should definately try "Breads of India".
If you ever want to go sailing on the Bay (and pay your share... usually about $40 to $60 for a 6 to 8 hour day-- some folks find that expensive; others find it a bargain-- or about $16-$23 dollars for a 2 hour Wednesday evening sail) I can easily hook you up for that.

Ooh! Do you like hot dogs? If so you must go to a Top Dogs. I'm pretty sure there's one in Pleasanton now. Or maybe there isn't but they are the absolute best!
woozy
post #5  on June 2, 2007 - 1:24 PM PDT  
I really do not know suburban Pleasanton very well except fo the SunValley Mall which is a very good mall for buying clothes. I know Walnut Creek a *tiny* bit better. A weird thing about Walnut Creek is that it has a *lot* of good restaurants. Keep driving toward the Bay, the Orinda Theater is a classy old-style movie house. Orinda is tiny but sincere and theres good ice cream there. Go further and there's Moraga where you can go to Top Dog. The Chabot Observatory, which I've never been to-- gee I should, has movies and astronomy watches and lectures for the public on Friday nights. Joaquin Miller Drive above Oakland and past the cemetary and before the Morman Temple is a terrific place to watch sunsets. So is Tilden Park and Centenial Drive in Berkeley. The Lawerence Hall of Science costs more than it should and offers less than you'd want but it's still a fun place. Escpecially if you take a kid. I *love* both the Botanical Garden in Tilden Park and on Centenial drive below the Lawerence Hall of Science but botany and native and exotic plants aren't everyones idea of fun. If you have a kid or a date and are headed toward Berkeley you should go to the Merry-go-round in Tilden Park, one of the oldest original wooden handcarved carasels in the West Coast, and then the "Little Train" steam Train (also in Tilden Park). The if you exist Tilden Park through the Wildcat Canyon exit near the resevior you can go down Spruce to Euclid and stop at the Berkeley Rose Garden. Do it soon! The air is warm and sweet on a warm breezeless day in May. Mmmmm. Then when you get to the base of Euclid by the University of California campus, well, I'll be! There's another Top Dog. Well, hot dogs are a good idea for a date dinner but you are directly above the Berkeley gourmet ghetto. Chez Pannisse is the most well known, expensive, and small portions but despite "california cuisine" backlash *is* really very good and tasty. Cha-am is a good Thai restaurant, and well, there's no shortage of good restaurants.
Catullus
post #6  on June 2, 2007 - 7:14 PM PDT  
woozy thanks for the good tips, I know its easy to get confused but I live in pleasant hill not pleasanton which is south of here on 680.

Yes there are a lot of things to do and a ton of great places to eat, im just disappointed its 13 miles to the nearest olive garden (pittsburgh) ;_;

In any case I dont really do the nightclub thing, I do like good microbreweries though, haven't got a chance to go into the city yet, I might do that tomorrow for fun. I will probably look up some of those things that you mentioned if i end up going to Oakland... Ive really heard too many bad things about Oaktown to really want to mess around there. Especially around evening time not being familiar with the area.
Catullus
post #7  on June 2, 2007 - 7:16 PM PDT  
oh and yes anyone with any ideas feel free to suggest stuff all over the bay area, but Walnut Creek, Concord, Martinez are ALL right in my local neighborhood XD
woozy
post #8  on June 2, 2007 - 10:09 PM PDT  
> On June 2, 2007 - 7:14 PM PDT Catullus wrote:
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> woozy thanks for the good tips, I know its easy to get confused but I live in pleasant hill not pleasanton which is south of here on 680.
>
Duh. I knew one of us had to be confused and and I knew it had to be me. Pleasant hill is a lot more pleasant than pleasanton. Oakland's reputation is worse than its reality. But you probably don't want to be in downtown after dark. Jack London square is worth exploring. They should have a farmer's market tomorrow. I really don't get out they way very much so I mostly know Berkeley and Oakland. Hmm, you should make an effort to find the "Grand Lake Theater" (on Grand Avenue near lake merritt) for a finely renovated theater. Also the Parkway Speakeasy is a fun theater. It's one of those places where instead of having theater seats they have armchairs and sofa's and coffee tables and you can eat pizza and drink beer and hang out with your friends during the movies. And kids are not allowed! (ooh, the just opened one in el cerrito!)

Microbrews. Berkeley's Pyramid Brewery on Gilman (they have one in Walnut Creek as well) is the make of very good Heffeweissen. There food's so-so but not awful. In summer they no longer show movies in their parking lot. (*sigh*) In downtown Berkeley (Hearst and Shattuck) I really like the Triple Rock (Red Rock Ale ...er... rocks.) If you go during the day be sure to check out their upstairs roof garden. A feww blocks over on center and Shattuck is the "Jupiter" with a wide selection of microbrews and a vine covered brick courtyard. Then there's the Albatross Pub on San Pablo and Hearst. A sketchy neighborhood but a friendly bar for non-hip people. Plenty of games to borrow (Trivia persuit, checkers, decks of cards, monopoly, etc) Sunday nights they have pub trivia. I usually play alone and I usually come in third to last. *sigh* On tuesdays they have darts tournements and they have non-hip music on Sats. and every other weds. As someone terminally non-hip it's kind of nice to realize one doesn't *have* to be hip to get out of the house and have a good time.

Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley was a really neat place to hang out a couple of decades ago but lately it's scary as hell and now that Cody's on Telegraph is gone, it's best to avoid it. Cody's on 4th street in Berkeley is a terrific bookstore and Black Oak Books on Shattuck and Vine is fantastic too but it's up for sale and might even be closed forever now (It'd be just like me to be so out of touch). Next to Black oak books is Saul's Deli and restaurant which has one of the best reubens. The food there costs about twice as much as you can possibly imagine is remotely believable-- The ruebens are $11 and a slice of cheesecake is $4.50-- but they are incrediable good. I can't claim they are worth the price (well, maybe I can) but they are better then any other reubens or cheesecake you'll find anywhere else.

Oh, Paramont Movie Classics .... isn't happening this year. Bummer. Used to show classic movies, cartoons and newsreels from the sixties and play wurlitzer organ. Pity it was fun. However it's worth catching a concert at the fine art deco Theater. And they give tours on the first Saturday of the month. Oops just missed it. It's a spetacularly beautiful theater.

Then if you go to Marin County you can look up that deserter IronS. SHe could have at least said good-bye!
woozy
post #9  on June 2, 2007 - 10:10 PM PDT  
> On June 2, 2007 - 7:16 PM PDT Catullus wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> oh and yes anyone with any ideas feel free to suggest stuff all over the bay area, but Walnut Creek, Concord, Martinez are ALL right in my local neighborhood XD
> ---------------------------------

Martinez has lots of good places to go bird watching. And it's a drive up the delta but Benicia is a really cute little town with lots of antique shops and on highway 4 take a tour of the Jelly-Belly factory.

artifex
post #10  on June 3, 2007 - 7:30 PM PDT  
is "east yay" a common name for that area? :)
woozy
post #11  on June 3, 2007 - 7:34 PM PDT  
> On June 3, 2007 - 7:30 PM PDT artifex wrote:
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> is "east yay" a common name for that area? :)
> ---------------------------------

No, Not at all.

Cinenaut
post #12  on June 5, 2007 - 8:38 AM PDT  
The yay area makes me happy.
woozy
post #13  on June 5, 2007 - 9:24 AM PDT  
> On June 5, 2007 - 8:38 AM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
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> The yay area makes me happy.
> ---------------------------------

And the yeast bay area makes me hoppy.

IronS
post #14  on June 5, 2007 - 11:31 PM PDT  
A long time ago, I, very briefly, lived in Concord and worked in W. Pittsburg (<-- notice the lack of "h") until the pollen there drove me back to the Peninsula. More recently, I worked in Oakland. It wasn't that dangerous. Of course, the company was near the airport so I didn't go over to International Blvd. that often.

The Chinatown in Oakland is safe though.

> On June 2, 2007 - 10:09 PM PDT woozy wrote:
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> Then if you go to Marin County you can look up that deserter IronS. SHe could have at least said good-bye!
> ---------------------------------

:P What, you couldn't guess at all the times I was in your town? :P

I only know some microbreweries in Marin and in the Palo Alto/Mountain View area as I have hung out those places the most.
woozy
post #15  on June 6, 2007 - 9:17 AM PDT  
> On June 5, 2007 - 11:31 PM PDT IronS wrote:
> ---------------------------------

Who the heck is this person?


Just kidding. !!!!!Welcome Back!!!!!!. Where the heck have you been? You have been extremely missed!
NLee
post #16  on June 6, 2007 - 10:49 PM PDT  
IronS where the heck have you been? Don't tell me you found a new job that actually requires you to work?

Oh yes, a belated Happy Birthday to you, too.
Catullus
post #17  on June 6, 2007 - 10:57 PM PDT  
*waves at IronS*
Catullus
post #18  on August 25, 2007 - 8:39 PM PDT  
hey woozy i definitely want to hit you up for that Sailing thing in the near future if the offer is still open... I just got to find time since im currently working 2 jobs and taking a japanese class

(45+ hours a week working and 5 hours + studying in Japanese)

Im planning to drop one of the jobs so that should be happening sometime in September but I definitely thought about sailing and it sounded like a lot of fun. Got any pics of your boat?
woozy
post #19  on August 25, 2007 - 9:09 PM PDT  
Don't own a boat.

I belong this sailing club. Here are their boats. (I'm particularly fond of the J-105s.) I usually get 5-8 folks together to split the cost.
doozer
post #20  on August 26, 2007 - 12:42 AM PDT  
If you hit up those breweries let me know how they are. Not like "oh it's good" but a decent description would be nice..and if you come back with a list of what's on tap then <3<3

I don't plan on checking out breweries in that area anytime soon but..I always like to know the best micro brews in any area I might be in ^_^
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