In the days leading up to Saturday, Jan. 24th, we made a pact to get out of the house and do something together. Of course, we consulted my Oakland book. And the Oakland book took us Downtown.
I’ve titled this post “Part One” because there were a few things that happened on Friday that are helping to set this time of change in motion.
I’m only a little over a week into my Bucket List project, and I’ve already had a mini existential crisis (again).
I’ve come to a decision regarding Item No. 14: “Perfect (and memorize) at least one classical music piece. Namely, the exact piece(s) I will be perfecting this year: Rachmoninoff’s “Prelude in C# Minor” and Chopin’s “Premiere Ballade in G Minor.” Full disclaimer: I’m cheating a bit on this one… I learned both pieces seven and six years ago, respectively, and I had actually performed them for a county-wide competition while in high school. But I mainly chose these two pieces because, having studied and performed them both before, that makes it a bit easier for me to really hone them down this year. And, out of most of the items on this to-do list, I really don’t want to fail to complete Item No. 14.
I’m going to let my weight loss goal play second fiddle to my East Bay culinary exploration.
Conversation was free-flowing. Smiles were frequent. Courtesy was palpable. It’s a very friendly, yet simultaneously low-key, place to spend an early morning.