Day 48 - Road to the Oracle
Trip Start May 18, 2008
63Trip End Jul 17, 2008
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Where I stayed
Di's Sac Pad
It's Independence Day! I took Lisa and her mother up on the opportunity to go walk with them in the morning. So I drove from San Jose to Saratoga, a 25 minute drive, to their place again. We did morning gongyo together and drove out to Los Gatos to walk in a local park pathway. Along the way we talked about linguistics and how interesting it can be, and what my family was like, the culture in Los Gatos, the movie Mongol. We walked for about 45 minutes and drove back to their house. I said my goodbyes with Lisa and her mom and shared my appreciation for their hospitality.
Back at the Freudenberger house we were getting ready to drive to Fairfield, CA where Mark and his wife Chelsea live in their new home with their two kids. I was to continue driving up to Sacramento, CA after my visit there
When we got to Fairfield, I saw an old friend that I hadn't seen since I was about five years old. Peter's older brother Mark didn't look any different that he did 18 years ago. I could recognized him on the streets. He's doing pretty well for himself in a beautiful new home and working from home as a director of sales for a wine company. He has a beautiful wife, Chelsea and their two kids Cailyn and Grace. I decided they were too cute to only stick around for a few minutes and leave, so I stuck around. And because Mark was planning on cooking up some food. We took the kids to the playground around the corner from the beautiful house. Pete and I got a chance to throw around a baseball for a bit, something I haven't done in ages. Then we joined the kids in the playground. Man, playgrounds sure have changed since I was a kid.
During the dinner, we shared stories of old. We were digging them up from before my memory banks started collecting things.
The drive only took about an hour up to Sacramento and in no time I met Diana. My connection with Diana is through Daniel Perez, an SGI friend from Washington, DC. Diana played acting mother while he went to UC Davis and he shared with me that others feel the same way. I told him that I have to meet this woman. As soon as we met, we were chanting together and she introduced me to her intense personality and we hit it off. I almost had to take a step back with her in-your-face personality but I found it so refreshing to be able to be with her and could feel the comfortable environment she created when interacting with her. Daniel even referred to her as the "Oracle" of Sacramento (Matrix reference). I can see why. I learned that the youth of the SGI in Sacramento started to stand up and take responsibility of the organization in this area in her apartment
Miles driven today: 164.4mi