Local Artists I Like

Here’s a list of local (Bay Area) artists I’ve discovered – and liked – for one reason or another. I’ll keep adding more:


Oree Originol – Oakland. (website) Discovered him through the utility box he painted on Sacramento Street.  He does colorful abstract mosaic-type paintings and murals, and also protest posters, like the ‘Justice for Our Lives’ series below.

oree justice.jpg

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The Best Lap Swim Pools in the East Bay

Looking to swim laps in the East Bay? We have some awesome pools here. Here’s my roundup so far, after swimming morning laps this side of the Bay for almost a year:


Aqua Zumba at the Plunge

The Richmond Plunge in Richmond, CA (hours and info). $5 for a day pass. This is as good as it gets – the Cathedral of Bay area swimming pools. Built in 1926, this community ‘natatorium’ was renovated and reopened in 2010 after several decades of decay. Everything about the place is awesome, and the staff is friendly too.

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