So, with the week be coming to a close, I have concluded my travels and have returned back to the little village/encampment known as the People's Republic of Davis. Overall, I'd say my time there would be best explained as... varied and quite the adventure.
Day one - Tuesday
To begin, I left Fresno all prepped and ready to go... save for one
thing - midway through the journey to San Jose, I realized that I had
left my phone charger with relatives back in F-town. With the Blackberry
blinking yellow, I shut it off setting forth to get a replacement
charger once in the Silicon Valley.
I was completely unprepared for the upcoming weather - bringing only a
light jogging jacket, so upon arrival (and purchasing in advance a
ticket home), I walk through the streets unprotected from the pouring
rain, going through my options. I first stumble upon a CVS, which, much
to my disappointment, only carried Apple products. So then I set my
direction to downtown and grab a ride on the VTA train, and proceed to
walk around, looking around, and starting to feel a bit delirious (most
likely from the rain, either that or mild dehydration), so I take a
quick refuge in a Pizza place, grabbing dinner in doing so, and checking
out the bus routes to my relative's place in adjacent Santa Clara.
After grabbing a quick bite, I continue my trek under the now-dry skies
and discover a Walgreens, and gleefully purchase a $10 phone charger.
Realizing the time, I walk to the street where, Ideally my bus would be,
and quickly board it... going in the wrong direction, ending up by a
sandwich shop next to San Jose State(?), and having to wait 30 minutes
for the next bus in the right direction.
Seeing opportunity to try and charge my phone, I walk into the sub shop
and do just that... for 5 minutes when the charger I bought blew out,
barely even charging my phone as it starts to pour again. After a while,
and seeing the bus arrive and stay motionless, doors closed, for 10
minutes, before allowing me in. The bus ride itself was rather
uneventful, and I miraculously arrived into my relative's place safe and
Day Two - Wednesday
I guess, you could say that my first day was... rather unlucky. I ended
up blowing 1/3 of my budget, and instead of exploring more of the area
the following day, I mostly stayed put in my relative's tiny,
Well, okay, I didn't stay inside the whole day (I never can stay inside
for long periods - I get cabin fever easily). I walked 30 minutes to a
shopping center to see if I can get a replacement to the replacement
charger (redundant, I know). First, I stop by a Sprint store, covering
the 'AT&T' insignia on my Blackberry. They offered an 'all-in-one'
for $40; too rich for my blood, so I head over to the AT&T to see if
they had a better price, which they did... $10 less but still costly. I
head on over to a Safeway across the sea of parking lots to see if they
had anything for phones (They did - Go phones, but no chargers). As a
last resort, I walk to the adjacent Marshall's for the off chance that
they'd have something relevant. To my luck, I had found a better charger
for a ridiculously cheap price ($5) and gleefully walked back to my
Day Three - Thursday
Thursday was the big(ish) day for me. I have heard about Chicken (one of
the major meets in the Bay) for months and have been wanting to go for a
long while, but given my distance and that is fell on a School night, I
have been unable to go. Since this was Spring Break, I took advantage
to get, pardon the pun, a taste of chicken.
After a quick research through on Google maps for bus routes and ride
arrangements back (thanks again if ye be reading this), I was on my way,
and quick! Running to catch the bus, and missing my intended stop by
several blocks. No worries though, as I was on the same street, was well
early, and hey, there's nothing bad with more exercise!
Overall, I enjoyed Chicken - both the meat and the meet. It was fun
meeting all (or most) of the furs in the area, and frankly, I was a bit
surprised with how many new me despite me barely knowing them - one of
the most common responses I got after greeting was more or less "I've
heard of you from BAF" despite me seldom posting on the mailing list.
All-in-all, 'twas a great time socializing beneath a fierce lightning
Day Four - Friday
The final day, Friday the 13th, more-or-less lived up to its name. I
slept in and missed my original 9 am train, a minor setback, just go on
the next one around noon. After much packing and double-checking to make
sure nothing was lost in the clutter, I catch the bus with an hour to
go until departure.
Slow bus be slow, I arrive 5 blocks from Diridon Station... with 10
minutes until departure. Instinctively, I ran -- nay, I sprinted,
rushing across the the parking lot with the boarding announcement of my
train blaring out. Despite severe pain surging thru my sore legs, I
dashed thru the station, under the tracks, and right onboard, literally
at the last minute, and crashed, exhausted, onto an empty seat.
The rest of the trip went uneventful. Having skipped breakfast I grabbed
lunch in the Cafe car and rested in my seat, up until Oakland, where we
were all told to evacuate the train and head into the Station.
Apparently there was a standoff in Jack London Square a block north and
police were on the scene, blocking the tracks in the process. We were
held inside the station (simply put, because it was cold out) awaiting
for buses to carry us over to Emeryville and continue our journey on a
train parked over there. After an hour of waiting, and hearing of the
scene being cleared, the buses arrive and we were safely and swiftly
transported to the stuck train, continuing the journey rather
(thankfully) uneventfully and eventually arriving back home, safe and
Overall, I'd say this week has been quite the adventure. Frankly, I
think I'll stay put for now; I be tired of traveling... at least for the
Anyways, if you've managed to go through this huge wall of text, then I must congratulate you! And until next time...