Seen on a bottle of Bac-Os bacon flavored salad topping:

Refrigerate after first use for added freshness and convenience.

How exactly is it more convenient to refrigerate Bac-Os than to not? Most people I know find it more convenient to not refrigerate items as they generally have more cabinet space than real estate in their fridge.

We went to the movie The Virgin Suicides last night. Overall it was okay, but the best phrase I’ve been able to devise to describe the movie was “oddly disappointing.” The story itself is interesting, but somewhere along the way the story gets lost and at the end of the movie, instead of being moved, touched, or interested, you’re looking at your watch to see what time it is.

Updated the flats page again today.

We went for a bike ride around Bay Farm Island in Alameda today. It was a beautiful day for a ride, as it was sunny, but not too warm.

The other night we went to see a collection of historical films of Alameda and the Bay Area. Apparently, Alameda used to have three different airports where the Naval Air Station and the College of Alameda are/were. One of these airports was the original home port for the Goodyear blimp. The other airport was the China Clipper’s home base. Alameda Airport, as the civilian airport which was subsumed into the Naval Air Station was called at the time, was home to the entire clipper ship fleet, even though those clippers were amphibious planes, and not necessarily ships in the strictest sense. There was also a huge amusement park at the foot of Webster Street called Neptune Beach. At the time, it was called the “Coney Island of the West” as the crowds there would swell to 40,000 or 50,000 people on a nice weekend (by comparison, Alameda has a population just over 70,000 today). Neptune Beach had a huge tower to act as a visual reference, a huge wooden roller coaster, a huge swimming pool, a beach (obviously), fountains, mini-car racing, a dance hall, and a midway, among other things. It was a truly amazing thing. All of this was bulldozed in the Thirties, however. Nothing is left now. A gated community sits on the old Neptune Beach land. We also got to see the “land” where the current South Shore Mall sits. Of course, this wasn’t land back in Thirties and Forties. The South Shore Mall, and a good part of Alameda, sits on fill put into the Bay. So, we got to see pictures of the land and Bay and where there is currently a Chevron station, for example, was once just water. Right now, our house is about three blocks from the Bay. Before the fill in the Fifties, our house would have been three houses from the beach! Bay Farm Island, which is currently a sterile collection of sub developments and industry thanks to another fill job, was once a farming area where most of the land was below the water level of the Bay and was only usable thanks to the construction of a giant levee. Treasure Island, which was yet another Navy base, was home to the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939 and 1940. We got to see movies of the buildings, fountains, gardens, attractions, and shows that were at that exhibit. There are two or three buildings left from that fair. Everything else was bulldozed after the fair’s completion in 1940. After seeing some of these movies, it’s truly a shame how much has forever been lost to the bulldozer.