Yesterday, I escaped waiting for the cable guy (who failed to show up again) to meet up with friends to visit the Oakland Museum of California. The design of the museum itself is interesting because the galleries flow from indoor to outdoor spaces. That kind of design is still very foreign to my northern sensibilities. In the Fertile Ground: Art and Community in Caliornia exhibition, several works grabbed my attention. Margaret Kilgallen's mural (in the slide show linked) was my favorite.
Of course I was so busy enjoying the museum and the friends, that I didn't take any pictures all day. Gwen organized the trip. I met her online a few years ago, and she became an in person friend after we moved west. The world is small. It turns out the Gwen was my sister-in-law's best friend in elementary school. They lost track of each other after she moved from Wisconsin to Alabama. One of my best days this year was the day I figured out that they may have known each other (same age and lived in the same small town), asked, and then re-introduced them first with texted photos and then via email.