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San Pab Diaries: 17.3 miles of yummy contradictions

on March 6, 2009

This blog is about what I see, eat, do, buy, who I meet and everything in between on San Pablo Ave.

According to trusty Google Maps, San Pab is about 17.3 miles running from downtown Oakland to a place called Crockett just off the I80 right before crossing the Carquinez Bridge into Vallejo. 17.3 miles–that stretch like a living corridor of the East Bay and all its yummy contradictions. The ladies of the night hustlin along the Oaktown-Berkeley border, the gentlemen of the day hustlin outside the Home Depot in Richmond, the dog manicurists, the liquor stores where I buy my instant noodle soup and blue agave flavored Full Throttle energy drinks, the sushi joints, the bowling alley, the Marshalls (need I say more?), the Peruvian mechanic who talked me into taking the duct tape off my windshield wiper and putting in a new blade, then offered me car insurance that I could get without a social security number, if ya naimean, etcetera. Oh and, of course, the only Mexican stores in Berkeley.

Which is where I will begin…

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