Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mountain View Cemetery

Grave of the Black Dahlia

Last month we visited MountainView Cemetery in Oakland, founded in 1863. This place is absolutely amazing! What Highgate in London would be if it had been carefully tended to at all times (though I love Highgate just the way it is!). We drove through it briefly before but I had been dying (poor choice of words?) to get back and walk around in search of Elizabeth Short’s grave, known to most as the Black Dahlia. Such a gruesome murder from the 1940s. I’m an avid reader of 1940s crime fiction so this true crime of that era fascinates me. She is not easy to find (Section 66, Marker 798) but fortunately Ben spotted a vase with dead flowers (black dahlias???) and it happened to be the spot. When you find the Hillside Mausoleum, go up around the right side of it, up the hill and she will be up on the left, behind the Mausoleum. Hard to describe but hopefully there is always a vase there. I’ve included a map below from the cemetery website that will give you a rough idea.

I cannot recommend visiting this cemetery enough! So fun to explore with beautiful views as well! I look forward to our next visit.


"A dreaded sunny day so I'll meet you at the cemetry gates..."












Merritt tomb...







'Come back to Camden...'

Amazing views of the bay...

'Only the ashes...'




Perhaps the smallest head stone of them all...'Our Nannie'

She is found...The Black Dahlia!


As I mentioned above, when you find the Hillside Mausoleum, go up around the right side of it (marked in pink on the below map), up the hill and she will be up on the left, behind the Mausoleum.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Oakland Museum of California


Last month we had a fun day in Oakland visiting a couple of places I have been meaning to go back to forever, The Oakland Museum of California and the Mountain View Cemetery. I was going to include both in this post but realized I had way too many photos so I'll cover the cemetery separately.  I had not been to the museum since the big remodel was completed. I’m not even sure I have been in the main body of the museum since elementary school! The main thing that drew me back was a temporary exhibit on Vinyl but I had the most fun in the Gallery of California History.



I walked in and this was playing...someone must have known I was coming!

I need one of these for the T-Bird!

Themed crates like these all over.  This one is "She's a Rebel: From Girl Group to Grrl Power" and "Hella Oakland rap Music"

"First you limp to the side like your leg was broken..."  Hella Oakland!

A wall to put your favorites...someone beat me to tagging The Smiths...

So I tagged Sonic Youth...


From another portion of the museum...Art on a bed sheet.
 
The California wing...


From the nearby sign "This custom car was once a 1951 Ford Victoria Hardtop, until Joe Bailon customized it in 1956.  It's called the 'Mystery Car' because no one could identify all the parts he used..."



Ben getting psychedelic in the 1960s section...
 
Of course there is lots more, but it can get quite dull looking at photos of another's museum trip so go have a look for yourself!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Bicycles and Mai Tais


The third annual Vintage Bicycle Hop happened this past weekend at Forbidden Island and we had a great time!  We missed last year's but made it to the first one back in 2012 (see this post for a few photos).  The DJs played such great music!  There were so many interesting bikes it must have been difficult for the judges to pick which ones to award trophies to. We ran into some friends we had not seen in ages which made for even more fun. 


I was flattered to be roped into the best riding frock contest by Cindy of the Broken Spokes, along with two other contestants even though I was extremely embarrassed to be up there in front of the crowd. The winner had a bicycle themed novelty print skirt. Who could compete with that? I was excited to finally debut the Luau print Shaheen I bought off Etsy though it is not good for bike riding. I had to pedal standing up the whole time so my dress would not get caught in my spokes. I’ll think it through better next time for sure and probably not wear such a valuable dress!  Or better yet, get dress guards for my back wheel!
 
Known these guys for years! 
Part of the crew from back in the '90s coffee shop days at Newark Java. 







Tiki nerd!



Award time...









Best riding frock contest...


So embarrassed...
 
Thanks to the Broken Spokes, A-Town Booking Agency & Events, and Forbidden Island for such a fun Sunday!