Why the title? Of course, we spent the day dreaming of California at the Oakland Museum of California. When I say “we”, I mean ussens plus 1cricketsong and dragon_fairie, the delightful younger daughters of deedeebythebay. We started with the exhibit on the early history of Disneyland, which was interesting. I was familiar with a lot of the history, but it was interesting to see the artifacts up close, including an actual “E” ticket. We then went downstairs and looked at the Walk Across California exhibition on the natural history of California. The girls had fun here: NSS&F loved the marine biology section, and deedeebythebay‘s girls loved the eggs and the animal exhibits. gf_guruilla then took deedeebythebay‘s girls to the Gallery of California Art, while NSS&F and I visited the California: A Place, A People, A Dream exhibit and the Oakland to the Rescue exhibit. Everyone had a blast. We’ll be seeing DeeDee and the girls again next Wednesday.
When we got back to the hotel, I found a really nice email from one of the producers of Dirk Gently. They were investigating the source of a burst of website traffic, and discovered my blog entries. She wrote that they always like to encourage younger people to get enthusiastic about theatre, and offered NSS&F 2 free tickets for her birthday that she can use during the run of the show. She also indicated that they offer group rates, and might also be able to do a Q&A with some of the cast after the show. I think we know which show we are going to; this is a very generous offer. [Don’t worry, shutterbug93, we’ll also go see The Marveous Wonderettes, just not as the party.]
This evening we’re getting together for dinner with bdot and tsgeisel at Fiesta Del Mar Too in Mountain View. No one else has indicated yet that they are joining us, although we still would love to meet new folks.