Raw, idiom: 14a. in the natural, uncultivated, or unrefined state: nature in the raw.

My old friend Melissa's been here from New York for the last several days, which means the week has been a whirlwind of wine country and scenic drives and good food and old college friends and bad karaoke and Thai massages and flagship stores and an intoxicating combination of Bailey's and amaretto.  You may get some photos.  We'll see.

Monday evening, twilight-ish, we spent walking around Berkeley, showing her all the old grad school haunts, the classics like Sather Gate and Telegraph Avenue and the not-so-classics, like the secret views of the City tucked up on Holy Hill.  But what struck me, taking in the leafy, deserted campus that night, was Reason #55 that I love living in the Bay Area.  The magnolias are in bloom.  Just opening up.  In late August.  Where else can you find a magnolia that blooms anytime after April or May??

It slays me.


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