Crossing the Bay Early in the morning
I used to get really restless at night and would need to get out. The Freeways in the bay area all loop around. So, you can go out on one and come back on another.
One cool phenomenon I liked to see was how the bay would glow like a big halogen lamp right before the sun broke the horizon. It was kind of eerie and looked very cool at the same time.
I usually drove around and crossed over on either the Oakland/SF Bay Bridge or the San Mateo bridge and come back on the other. If I couldn't sleep, I used to go out in my little car with the windows open bumping Too $hort for 2 or 3 hours then come back when I was tired enough to go to sleep.
Connie Mack managed the A's for 50 years, (1901-1950).
During their 54 year stay in Philadelphia, they produced such Hall of Famers as: Frank Baker, Chief Bender, Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Eddie Collins Sr. Jimmie Foxx, Nelson Fox, Lefty Grove, George Kell, Nap Lajoie, Connie Mack, Eddie Plank, Al Simmons, Tris Speaker, Rube Waddell, and Zack Wheat. Some of them are better known for their play with other teams but all were A's at one time.
I'm kind of an industrial structures freak. i like the look of industrial ports and industrial spaces. Oakland got its big boost during WWII when lots of manufacturing and war time production was taking place here. Those were boom times. Still Oakland is a pretty bustling container port. Here's a view of some of the sights for fellow wierdos.
Although the sushi is fantastic (try the uni with quail egg or go for the standard favorite, unagi), the cocktails are decent too. Most people come here for the jazz. If you're on a budget, check out the website www.yoshis.com for the late night (usually 10pm) discounted shows. I have seen a lot of talented local and national singers here, including Regina Carter, and even Diana Krall has headlined here. It's a terrific, intimate venue.
Good "soul" barbecue. Everett & Jones has been locally owned & around Oakland area since '73.
I go to the one by Jack London Sq. @ 126 Broadway, but there are other locations around town. Ribs ribs ribs. BBQ pork ribs drowned in funkified Everett & Jones sauce. They serve beer, etc. to wash it down.
Here's the dinner MENU
The beef brisket for lunch also rocks. Bump city!