It is 4:18 AM on Sunday, May 13th. I woke up at 3:30 AM and couldn’t sleep anymore. That is fine because I’m going crabbing with Sadao and need to be there at 5:00 AM. This is the first time I’ve gone crabbing with my own crab net and I’ve learned that I need to be careful to not get the rope caught on the pillars that uphold the pier. I’m hoping I catch at least one crab so I can make crab flavored miso soup today for our cookout.
I also hope I catch one because the prices in the store are ridiculous this year. Dungeness crabs used to be around $6.25 per pound but this year are up around $20 per pound. I think this is because of the demand due to the huge increase in population here in the Bay Area due to the technology industry. It is madness here in the Bay! The traffic is awful: there was a time when I used to be able to shoot right through San Francisco around 10:00 AM with no problems. Now, the 280 exit on to sixth street is always backed up and it takes at least 30 minutes to try and get where you’re going once you arrive in SF. The housing prices are also insane and even at the terrible prices houses do not last very long on the market.
Also, on a nice day Highway 1 will be backed up here in Pacifica starting well before Sharp Park. On a nice day it is best to just not leave the house because you’ll get stuck in that traffic which is bad going both directions. Linda Mar beach is also always a madhouse on a nice day on the weekends. There are not only a ton of surfers but families fill the beach with tents and it looks like there isn’t an open spot of sand where one could plop down.
Today however, I shouldn’t have a problem since I’m up so early and will most likely be back home by 7. The traffic really should pick up around 10 so I should be able to avoid all of that.
As for the cookout, I’ll pick up some steaks from Sunvalley market. I always go there for steaks because they come from Harrison Ranch which is located here in California. I’ve driven by the place once and it is enormous and can be smelled from miles around. I also like Sunvalley Market for the Thanksgiving turkey because they are fresh, never frozen and come from Diestel also located in California.
Well, the time is now 4:32 so I should probably make my way to the pier. Happy Mother’s Day!