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Submitted by on 1, June 26, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

With gas approaching five bucks a gallon and all kinds of other economic fun happening this year, a lot of folks are foregoing the Hawaiian vacation in favor of what the pundits are calling a “staycation.” Meaning you skip both the airport lines and all the annoying little household chores you’ve been putting off and just kick back, right at home. As far as we’re concerned, our little Island – which once was the summer spot for San Francisco’s wealthy, after all – is an excellent place to cool one’s heels for a pleasant vacation week. We’d probably spend our week eating our way across Alameda (starting with breakfast and Albert’s Café and dinner at Acquacotta, both places we’re dying to try), shopping at all the little boutiques we sadly whiz by as we transport the kids from place to place and spend some serious time at Crab Cove (goose poop and swimmer’s itch or no). Last week, we put the word out asking folks how they would spend vacation time, right here at home. And we got a wonderfully complete response from Mary Grace Basco, who plans to stay on the Island as much as possible this summer. Here are some things Mary Grace is thinking about doing with her 3-year-old twins. And as an added bonus, many of these activities are free.

*Alameda Beach – Once it re-opens and I feel confident we won’t get itchy, scratchy, sick
*Alameda Free Library – Story time, sing-along, and books, books, books
*Music at Crab Cove
*Movies Under the Stars
*Alameda Theatre
*Antique-ing – Who needs the Hamptons?
*In-store activities – Author appearances at Books Inc.; visit the fish at Amazon Aquarium
*Walking Tours – these will be self designed as I am training for the Breast Cancer 3-Day, 60 miles in 3 days slated September 5, 6, & 7
*Joining Lincoln Pool – if I were younger, I’d be hopping the fence at Days Inn
*Coliseum Fireworks from afar
*The Alameda Mayor’s 4th of July Parade
*And the old standbys – Get into shape, organize my closets, start a home-based business, play with my kids

Thanks, Mary Grace! She’s also suggesting we have a contest to see who has been on the Island the longest without leaving. Anyone up for that?

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