Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


San Francisco Weekend

Mr. E and I headed to San Francisco last weekend for a UW-Madison alumni event on Saturday evening at The Palace Hotel. The gathering, All Ways Forward, was designed to highlight some of the innovative research and achievements that have come out of UW-Madison as well as to launch a new fundraising campaign. We enjoyed the presentations from faculty, remarks from VIP donors Tasha & John Morgridge and Chancellor Rebecca Blank, and all of the yummy food and drinks (particularly the wine from Badger-founded Hamel Family Wine).

Earlier in the day, Mr. E and I braved the cool and rainy conditions to take an Alcatraz tour, after picking up a box and mailing label at Flor to recycle some of our old carpet tiles. We've previously been on boat tours that pass by the Island, but we'd never done the official National Park Service tour. The crossing to the Island takes about 15 minutes, and we arrived in time for a 1pm presentation by one of the rangers, which provided a very comprehensive background of the Island's history, going far beyond its most [in]famous 20-year gig as part of the Federal Prison System.

The next part of our visit was the self-guided audio tour of the cellblock. I even got to choose French for my audio tour! :) The audio narration was very well-produced and clear, leading us through all of the different parts of the cellblock and explaining the various areas to give a sense of what life was like, both for prisoners and staff. The ranger's presentation had included the "secret" that the open cell door in the first aisle is where Al Capone was held, even though that info isn't included in the official audio tour.

Here are some photos that we captured during the visit:


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