Fall 2013

At the end of every season I try to put up a post on the preceding. Yesterday, the Winter Solstice, I was in San Francisco, and attended the Dickens Fair with my friend Barbara. We wandered the streets of London, had high tea, and danced a bit at Fezziwigs. Nothing else special in celebration of the day, but that is as good as any. Theatre for the fall season is in a separate post.

Work

I continue my position as Safe Routes to School Coordinator with San Juan USD. Much of my time this fall was devoted to on-bike education with students in five schools. This is the most fun I have of all the things I do, and I feel so fortunate to have this as a central part of my job.

Dance

I attended the Harvest Moon Contra Dance Weekend in Santa Barbara, October 11-13, and had a wonderful time, one of the better weekends I’ve been to. A lot of good friends there, some of whom I see fairly often, and others I rarely see. The other big contra event was the 12-hour Fall Has Sprung in Grass Valley. Sadly, the last one, but I enjoyed it enough to tide me over for a while. I attended one contra dance in Las Vegas, which I get to only once or twice a year, one in Palo Alto, and got to about half of the local contra dances in Sacramento. I attended one sacred circle dance in El Cerrito and two in Davis. I also danced at the Jane Austen Birthday Tea in Sacramento, the Holiday Ball in Old Sacramento, and the Dickens Fair in Daly City.

Outside

I ride my bike nearly every day, and went on two moonlight rides. I attended and volunteered at Sunday Streets SF in the Excelsior, which brings the number I attended this year to seven out of the nine. My backpacking was limited to one trip, but it was a great one, previously posted at ADT: San Francisco to Point Reyes. Sadly, I didn’t do any day hikes at all. I can tell, because I’m carrying more weight than I want to be.

Music

Michael Franti in October at Sac State. Voices of Innocence choral performance led by my friend Tracia, November in Davis. Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas at Harlow’s in Sacramento in December, one of the best concerts I have ever been to.

About Dan Allison

Dan Allison is a Safe Routes to School Coordinator in the Sacramento area. Dan dances and backpacks, as much as possible.
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