December 3rd, 2003


long ride home

I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and run some errands on my bike. I dropped off my film from Japan at Elephant Pharmacy. I was happy to find that development there is pretty cheap ($11 for double prints of a 36 roll, and only $3 more to it put onto a CD). Then it was off to the Berkeley Bowl. This used to be my grocery store during my first year in Berkeley, when I lived a block away, and I think I didn't quite appreciate the quality of the store since I didn't cook very much. But now, whenever I walk into their produce section, I feel like a kid in a candy store — so much good stuff and such low prices! I got as much fruits and veggies as my bag (already nearly full) could hold, and then some (I stuffed some mushrooms and a bell pepper into my jacket pockets), and was finally off towards my last stop at the Apple Store in Emeryville. I checked out the aforementioned Commute bag, and while it's bigger than the one I have, I'm not sure how much I like it. Tomorrow it's off to REI to check out another bag. Anyway, it was finally time to head home. As I was about to turn down 65th from Shellmound, a long freight train entered the railroad crossing, with no end in sight. Instead of waiting, I decided to brave biking through the Aquatic park in the dark. I don't have a headlight; I tried to make use of my photon light instead, but it seems to be low on batteries and it was hard to not over-ride my makeshift headlight. Then again, it was probably safer to bike through a deserted park with no lights than to be on streets where cars drive, again with no lights of my own.

On an unrelated note; during my search for information on Koh Pha Ngan, I ran across some problems because there are multiple English spellings of the island's name and I couldn't type them all into Google at the same time.. zestyping suggested I should have searched for the Thai name (เกาะพงัน) instead. I don't believe it would have helped me much, since most pages using the Thai name are in Thai, but it did motivate me to update my entries from Japan to include the Japanese names of the places I visited. Not that there's much debate on how to translate these names to English; it was more of a way to play with the Mac OS X input methods. But now you can look at the pretty Kanji if your browser supports the fonts!