Go to Chinatown and eat!!Ride...
Go to Chinatown and eat!!Ride a bicycle around Lake Merrit!!Go and see a movie while drinking a beer and eating pizza at the Parkway Theatre!! My fondest memory of Oakland was watching the sunset over San Francisco Bay - it really is beautiful! Oh, I also have very fond memories of playing foos ball on a really old table (so I was told) in a Mexican taqueria - I never knew a game could be so much fun! The table had much more character than the one pictured here.
Start monkeying around
"Monkey yoga" is a term invented by Tim Thompson, owner and lead yogi of this unique yoga studio.
Monkey yoga takes elements from martial arts, dance training, the anatomy of comic book heroes and, of course, yoga to create a very muscular and energetic ashtanga workout. Tim likes to spice his instruction with his personal views on life and the works of the Patanjali and key inspiration Hanuman, the monkey god who is the son of the wind. It's esoteric and it works, at least partly because Tim is constantly on the look out for that tiny adjustment that makes a huge difference.
Also, check out instructor Laura Camp who has a no less energetic style and a take that draws from her years of rock climbing. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. The shala can provide but they are, how shall we say, used.
...you COULD go see the Raiders...
First off, let me say that I am NOT a Raider fan. I hate the Raiders. I have an affinity for that OTHER Bay Area football team - y'know, the one that won 5 Super Bowls!
It's hard for me to pin down what exactly I hate about them the most. The way they swindled the city of Oakland, the way their thuggish persona brings out the worst in their fans (and players), or that virtually all of their home games are blacked out thanks to owner Al Davis' "creative" deal making. But if I had to pick one thing, I would say what I hate the most is what they did to the Coliseum.
Before the Raiders moved back from Los Angeles, the Coliseum was a very pleasant place to watch baseball. The weather was always great, and the sloped lawns in the outfield were a great backdrop to a summer's evening. Part of the deal which brought the Raiders back was the mandating of building a huge, imposing wall of godawful skyboxes, with what are probably the highest seats in sports at the top. This monstrosity is referred to as "Mount Davis," and totally ruined the aesthetics of the park. In the accompanying photo, you see a picture of Mt Davis from the side. The seats just to the right of it are actually the Upper (3rd) Deck of the old Coliseum! Bring a gun! Okay, maybe that's a bit harsh, but Raiders fans have a reputation of being rowdy and unruly - a reputation that no doubt draws a large percentage of their crowd. Most of these are just lawyers and hospital interns releasing their inner thug, but some of them are downright dangerous. Particularly, you want to be careful in the parking lots. I would NOT wear any gear sporting the logo of the opposing team, and I definitely would not wear anything that says 49ers on it. Yes, it's that bad.
As bad as all this sounds, this is actually BETTER than when they were the Los Angeles Raiders. I had the misfortune of going to a LA Raiders game back in 1986 (AFC Championship where they were crushed by the Patriots, who were later crushed by the Bears). The only way I can describe it was that it was a 90,000 person gang fight.
Drive up Boradway Terrace and...
Drive up Boradway Terrace and view the contrast between the old, established homes in the Oakland Hills and the new ones built up after the devatsating fire of 1991 that destroyed about 3000 homes in Oakland and Berkeley. (Photo by Paul Kienitz, http://www.presol.com/~paulkienitz/px/)
Curry and naan
Very good service and tasty Indian food from every imaginable region of India. It is located in the downtown area of Oakland, near the convention center. We ate the Lamb curry and I must say the naan was the best that I have ever had.