There is a certain happiness sighted when your bus comes along. It is of course a small specialized form of happiness and will never be a great thing.

-Richard Brautigan, The Old Bus

Friday, August 31, 2007

Transitarian Summer of Love

This is a conjunction of cosmic forces where the stars align to create the perfect transitarian moment.

Sunday is the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love free concert at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. In honor of the event, a daylong free concert featuring some of the stars of that original festival will be held at Speedway Meadow in the park.

The Bay Bridge is closed Sunday.

Following me?

The wife and I and maybe a kid or two are taking light rail downtown to the Amtrak station. (We'll have to drive to the Watt/I-80 station and walk from St. Rose of Lima Station to Amtrak to catch the 7:40 a.m. Capitols train.) We'll get off Amtrak at Richmond some time after 9 and walk to the BART station. We'll take the Fremont train to the MacArthur station, where we'll switch to the Daly City train. We'll get off at Montgomery Street around 10 a.m. and climb out of the station to Market, where we'll catch the No. 5 Muni bus. The bus will take us to the northern edge of the park. We'll get out at 30th and hike to the concert.

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With luck, we'll arrive before 11 a.m. (The concert starts at 9:15, but I'm just not dedicated enough to the idea to get there for the entire show.)

Just reverse it for the return. The concert is over at 6 p.m. and Amtrak runs until 9 p.m., which even leaves time for dinner in the City.


Queen of Dysfunction said...

Um. That's way too many connections. Why not just thumb a ride from your house to the Amtrak station in Davis? ;)

John said...

When I was fresh out of high school I spent the summer hitchhiking. Went from Los Angeles as far east as Milwaukee and as far north as Portland and Moscow, Idaho, with a couple of return to trips to Denver to see an old girlfriend.

I can't remember the last time I saw someone hitching a ride on a freeway on-ramp. I suppose that's just another sign of the times.