Sometimes words are just simply not enough. It’s easier to let one thought turn into another without putting any energy into it. But I will give it a try…
I had Nick Huerra, Jamie’s husband, graciously take me to the Greyhound bus from Fresno to Oakland Thursday where Gordon Olson picked me up and transported me to Ed Angle’s in Alameda Thursday afternoon. It just turned out Gordon was available and able to give me a ride over to Ed’s for a little more than 24 hours. Gordon was still busy running errands and packing for the Philippine trip.
Ed and his wife, Nicky, run an fantastic Air B&B out of their luxurious Victorian home and intermittently let Daniel Trebase use it when it is available so Daniel, with his legal knowledge, can work more closely with Ed as Ed does his legal advocacy work, harassing the legal system into obeying a more consistent code of law, which the legal system will cut big corners on when given the chance. You gotta love Ed for the passion he puts into his work, biting like an ornery gadfly every judge and lawyer who resists the rule of law for the sake of simply streamlining a somewhat corrupt system.
So that night Ed, Nicky, and myself went into downtown Oakland, which has been completely restored by then mayor Jerry Brown, and now seems more like San Francisco than the old East Bay, a decrepit, rundown, ghetto of immense proportion. The restaurants now are natural foods, unique, and I hate to say it, but sort of upper middle class variety that one can find just about any desirable food on the market. Being that it was my birthday, Ed treated me to my meal, not that he wouldn’t have offered to do so anyway. I always sort of feel like I am with my father when it comes to his generosity.
It was interesting that the same day, Kerry Thur called me on the phone and we were talking when he mentioned that he saw a program that highlighted Ed and his work on the 9-11 research proposing the conspiracy theory, that 9-11 was actually an inside government job. I knew Ed and some other engineers from around the U.S. had done quite a bit of work trying to prove that the collapse of the twin towers could not have happened the way it was said to have happened, that there had to have been some help for everything to have happened the way it did. Nevertheless, it was an interesting theory, and I was not a bit surprised that the theory made one of the networks on TV. It was very typical of Ed’s work and whether one believes his theory or not, he presents some intriguing evidence how it could have happened.
The next day, Ed, Daniel Trebase, and myself went out to the edge of Oakland where Alameda and Oakland meet, to some park that nobody has ever heard of. It has an observation tower where Oakland and Alameda end at the estuary and the bay takes over with a terrific view of San Francisco. Ed wanted to go out there to see if the park was ever completed. Interesting. It was a park few people ever heard about. Call it an inner city park. It was surrounded by massive cranes and maybe miles of docks built for unloading ships of their cargo containers in stacks high enough to look like ultra modern pieces of sculpture artwork. Strange place. I guess after unloading, rearranging, dredging up, and transporting 50 bi-jillion tons of cement rock for the docks and wildlife preserve, they had a fairly large chunk of land left over for something—who knows what—-so they turned it into a “park”.
Around dark we headed back to Alameda, via the Park street Bridge, and had an evening of Viet Nam food on the estuary. Nice little surprise. Then we headed back to Ed’s and met up with Gordon and his friend David, who we visited with for 30 minutes before David hauled the two of us to the BART station, back in Oakland, where Gordon and I began our journey to the Philippines.