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     The CASUAL COMMUTER Riding With You On Your Way To Work

    by Vicky Semones

    Share a fascinating ride with The CASUAL COMMUTER and catch entertaining glimpses of San Francisco Bay Area commuters being themselves.

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Webster and Santa Clara, Alameda

Webster & Santa Clara, Alameda

Webster & Santa Clara, Alameda

The early-Autumn sky offers a clouded, soft-blue backdrop  for a flight of silhouetted birds as we stand on the cold, shaded sidewalk in front of  Tillie’s – closed for want of repairs – and across from the Trans Pacific National Bank. 

Carpool riders line up facing cars approaching along Santa Clara, and sometimes intermingle with furtive bus riders, who mill about the corner, hedging their spot in lines for the next bus to arrive at the intersection from either street.

How thoughtful of Alameda to provide raised platforms with low steps and bright handrails for  passengers to board the high-riding buses.

Seeking hot coffee and a deep  breakfast after our 7:15Am – 9:00AM stint in the chill morning air, we are directed back  to Jim’s Coffee Shop at the other end of Alameda.  We handed out 175 flyers.

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Bookstores Carry ‘The Casual Commuter’

I’m thrilled that some wonderful bookstores, primarily in the East Bay, are now carrying my book:

A Great Good Place ~ 6120 LaSalle Ave., Oakland (Montclair Village). We had a wonderful book launch with a wine and cheese repast. .  Thank you so much, Kathleen!

Books, Inc ~ 1344 Park Street, Alameda. Near the casual carpool at the corner of Park and Encinal. Thank you, Josette!

Compass Books ~ North Terminal / Terminal 3, SFO. A hub of commuters. Thank you, Andy!

Diesel, A Book Store  ~ 5433 College Ave., Oakland (Rockridge District). Near casual carpools at Claremont & College and Claremont & Hudson. Thank you, Margaret!

Mrs. Dalloway’s, Literary & Garden Arts ~ 2904 College Ave., Berkeley.  Near casual carpools at Claremont & College and Claremont & Hudson. Thank you, Marion!

Spectator Books ~ 4163 Piedmont Ave, Oakland (across from Fentons and the Piedmont Theatre).  Near casual carpools at Oakland Ave & Monte Vista; and Oakland Ave & Hillside. Thank you, Tim!

Jackson Park ~ Alameda

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This lovely park is directly across from the Encinal Casual Carpool on Park Ave., Alameda.  Apparently, this bandstand is the oldest building in Alameda.  What a shame it’s not being used ~ but the water fountain is…

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Encinal and Park Ave ~ Alameda

Encinal and Park - Carpool Location
Encinal and Park – Carpool Location

The September sun is bright and low. The air holds a hint of Autumn’s  delicious coolness.  Mature trees have splayed upward around telephone wires,  and have filled  out in a bounty that seems to have obsorbed their creosoted   intruders.   Cars roll up along Encinal while riders form a right  angle along Park Avenue.  Fully loaded, the cars either turn right onto Park or u-turn back down Encinal.  We hand out 200 flyers during a delightful morning of smiles and kind greetings from  7:15AM to 8:50AM, near Books, Inc.  The final car waits for one more rider while the  last S.F. bound bus boards three passengers. We breakfast at Jim’s Coffee Shop.