Five minutes from the house we see one of the info Highway signs, RTE 24E crash two left lanes closed at Fish Ranch. For non Bay Area folks, that is the first exit as you come out of the tunnels, right where we going. Where thousands of cars are going, about the only way to go East. Every highway on the west side of the tunnels was gridlock. We bypassed the tunnels and went up over the Oakland Hills, and came down past the accident. Thank goodness we know how to do that, most people don't. Still gridlock on HWY 24E. From our house to the party, one hour and a half.
We walked into the tavern, no table with name tags and only two people in the group there. We made four, no one else showed up. NO ONE. The other two people had been eating and drinking for over an hour and had places to go, people to see. That was not a party, it was a failure. We had planned to eat out after partying and decided to go back to San Leandro to a favorite spot.
We are back on the highway now going West. Normal rush hour traffic and close to gridlock where 13 ends at 580. We got off and took surface streets in Oakland. We were not in the best area of Oakland. As we crossed a street I yelled, "Look!" It was a whole street decorated for Christmas. We were at Seminary Avenue and Picardy. Marty made a U Turn, (legal in California) and we drove up and down Picardy.
Not the best pictures I have taken, but we were in the car driving slowly. You will get the idea of how great this street looks.