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$2800 - 2 BR - 1150sf - 429 Euclid - Oak - Onsite Pkg Soon

Door To Enclosed/Secured Porch

Enter secured 2 BR Apt from porch Stairs go to landing

Landing to top floor

Kitchen 8 x 13

Kitchen 8 x 13

Enter 18 x 27 Dining/Living Room From Stair
Years ago a tenant made an area the size of the bright part of the carpet in the photo into a great fenced play area for their child to explore

Bath 11 x 9.5

3 x 3 Shower at Left

Tub Not Used - Save Water

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18

BR 1 Closet 6.5 x 6.5

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18 - 3 Windows

Bedroom 2 - 10 x 14 - 1 Large Window

Bedroom 2 Closet 4 x 6

Bedroom 2 - With Rug

Kathleen and Paul are owners and live on site. So you'll get quick response to your needs and access to your washer/dryer in the basement.

Your apartment is only 100 feet from Grand Avenue and only 100 more to beautiful Lake Merritt where the winter birds are arriving. And runners abound.

Your Saturday Farmer's Market is closeby under/around I-580. Trader Joe's is just a few more feet. Whole Foods Market is walkable from your apartment. Sprouts Farmers Market is on Broadway and Safeway is closeby on Grand Ave.

Then there's the classic Grand Lake Theater. You'll find many good restaurants on Grand and Lakeshore. Walking Grand Ave and Lakeshore at night always reminds me of the Left Bank of Paris.

This area truly is a gem and Kathleen and I are glad and happy to live here. You will be too.

November 20 - Revolution Day
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Today Mexico celebrated Revolution Day. It is a national holiday, with most offices closed. It looked as though even the fishermen took the day "off"!

The "revolution" began when Francisco Madero who had recently been released from prison (where the then president Porfirio Diaz had him put to forestall a bid for the presidency). Madero who was the leader of the Mexican Antireeleccionistas, published his Plan de San Luis Potos from San Antonio, Texas, calling for a revolt. Launched this day, (November 20, 1910) the revolt was a failure, but it kindled revolutionary hope in many quarters.

We walked to town to join in the festivities, and were lucky enough to see most of the parade.

We never realized how many children live in San Felipe! We thought the crowds along the streets were greater than the crowds we saw during the Shrimp Festival.

Little tykes of 3 and 4 years were dressed in bright costumes and pretty much led the parade. We met this little lady outside the bank. I asked her mother if I might take her picture, but before we could capture her on film, the mother was insistent that the little girl's gloves be put on (and secured with rubber bands to keep them from falling down!)

Many people lined the streets. The parade began at the southern end of the Malecon and marched north - the length of the Malecon then turned a sharp left and marched down Mar de Cortez to where they negotiated a right turn and marched up Chetmual toward the "circle" and the termination of the parade. We found excellent seating on the second floor of the "American" sandwich shop Baja Java Cafe where we often purchase fresh baked bread). Paul had a waffle and coffee, while Kathleen indulged herself with one of their delicious cinnamon buns and a latte. As the parade marched by we were able to take some pictures. Unfortunately, the electric and other wires prevented us from capturing clearer pictures. These marchers were from the school quite close to KiKi's -

This happy little group carried the large, round colorful material. They would stop and lower it to the ground, then on signal, they'd raise it up to where it looked like an umbrella top and two of the marchers - opposite one another - would dance across and underneath the "umbrella" and exchange places with one another. We found out that this delightful little group were from a special school for Down's Syndrome children. They received warm applause from the crowds.

From our vantage point we were able to enjoy many of the fancy steps the marchers executed. In addition, we met a delightful couple (Carmina and Cristo) who had their little son, Jake, in tow. What a happy experience for us to be able to visit with this charming family. Here is Jake all dressed up.
His mom wanted to draw a mustache on his upper lip, but he was determined that she not do it. "I'm just a little boy, Mamma, and little boys don't have mustaches." Out of the mouths of babes!

We especially enjoyed this group who performed to an American Rap record!

They were very good!

Appreciating the opportunity to share with our Mexican brothers and sisters the hope for more freedom and better living ..... Paul, Kathleen and Jerry, Too

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