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Neighborhood: Southwest Berkeley   School District: BERKELEY UNIFIED

Beds: 2 Type: SFR Sq. Ft.: 1,097 Lot Size: 4,000 Sq. Ft.
Baths: 1/0 Built: 1920 $/Sq.Ft.: $382 List Date: 08/05/09

So it seems that if you make enough offers on enough houses, you might end up owning one!  I'm not at that point yet, but I made an offer, and it has been accepted!

Now, need to figure out the loan, and do piles of paperwork and legwork, but this is progress!

Here are the pictures snagged from zip before the listing disappears.
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Snapped this last night - the moon over the water always looks so nice.  Had to lean the camera on the rail though, but I should really get a tripod one of these days.

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Just signed the documents to make an offer on another place - West Oakland, really beautiful house.  Downside - not the best neighborhood, but I think it should be fine.

(click for the rest of the listing pictures)

Keep your fingers crossed - if all goes well, I'll have to figure out what to do with *8* bedrooms ;)
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Back in the day, when I was in the "hiking club" in high school, we went on a few climbing trips.  I didn't really know what we were doing, but I really enjoyed it.

Fast forward about 20 years, and I discovered (through a girl on OKC) that climbing is now available, *indoors*!  No more needing to get a big group together, or have all the fancy equipment, or even know how to use it.  So of course I started climbing, and have been really enjoying it.

Completely by accident, a few weeks after I started climbing (again), I met a whole bunch of people who climb quite a bit.  Well, yay, I now have climbing partners!  Not only that, but they go on climbing trips, and know what they're doing, and can teach me stuff!

That brings us up to this past weekend.  See, we have a 4 day climbing trip next month.  This will be the first time I've gone outdoor climbing since the 80s.  It will also be one of the other girl's first time outdoors.  So just to make sure we know what we're getting into, we went to a local rock in Berkeley, just for a few hours to try it out.  Then, there was ropes, and harnesses, and some scrapes and blood and a general good time:

Allison on the rockDC making a tricky move
Stephanie climbing, I'm belaying far far below

Bottom line, it was awesome, and I can't wait for next month.  Only thing I'm worried about now is if I should get a new lens for the trip, since I think something with a little bit more zoom might be helpful.  Perhaps one of the 70-200mm lenses...  We'll see.
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Went riding around today with Stephanie and DC in SF.  Given that I've lived here for over a year, there really isn't any excuse for barely ever making it up to the city.

So we went riding around, and even crossed the Golden Gate Bridge :)  Fun day, not too much to report.  Pictures are here.
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This year is starting off fairly well. Instead of my usual "sit at home and kinda ignore new-year's eve", I was actually invited to a NYE party, up in Sacramento. The party was fun (thanks, Matthias!), but the real reason to go there was a grand scheme - DC, Stephanie and I were going to ride out bikes down from Sacramento back to the bay area, about 60 miles total.

And so it was. We took the train up (with Christina), had fun, drank lots of booze, played lots of Contact, and went to sleep. In the morning, had tasty tasty French Toast, and around 1pm started our ride.

The ride itself was a lot of fun - I wouldn't have complained if it was 5F warmer, or if we EVER saw the sun, but it was still a good time. I love group rides, and I like hanging with DC and Stephanie, so really, there wasn't anywhere I'd rather have been.

We got to ride on two ferries, have a tasty lunch (nothing tastes quite as good as WARM FOOD when you can't feel your toes), got lost a number of times (or at least miss our the turns we were looking for), but we did make it without any serious mishap.

All in all, it was about 70mi, and took about 6:30 hours (counting the stops for lunch, oranges, ferries, pictures, map lookups, etc). Activebody was impressed - when I entered the ride data last night, it proclaimed that at this rate, I'll do 27k miles or so for the entire year. I think it's being optimistic, but that's ok :)

I sat down today and plotted what I could of the route on Bikely (with Stephanie's help, that is), and posted some of the pictures.

A good start indeed, and I have no reason to expect the year won't get even better :)

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