Those Places Thursday - Bay O Vista

One of the most difficult pictures I was trying to get was when I lived in San Leandro with my ex-in laws. Initially I thought I knew where to find this house but I drove the area over and over and kept thinking it all didn't look quite right. I made a second attempt on another day when I happened to be in the area and again I felt very lost. I took some pictures of some homes that I thought may have been the correct house so I could go home and study them. When I looked at the digital shots I had taken at home, I knew I never found the proper home.

On August 14, 2009, yes very recently, my husband and I happened to be driving close to the area and all of a sudden it hit me! I asked him to pull off the freeway, which he did. He is getting used to my last minute appeals! Something rang a bell to me, finally! We drove past this sign and I knew what the problem was! I hadn't been going far enough down the freeway before I exited. This sign confirmed it and told me that now I had the correct area, Bay O Vista! Now, why didn't I remember this initially? I thought I knew everything? Hum.

Well, when I stop and think about it, I lived here many years ago and only for about three months, but drove there many many times as it was my ex-in-laws home. I have done some reminiscing and realized I lived there thirty one years ago! Wow, where has the time gone?

Are you all as smart as me? Do you remember everything, like I do? This is exactly why I am documenting these places on my blog, because I think I remember everything, but have to admit that I don't. I went through a similar incident when I was photographing some apartments I lived in, "The Snooty Fox." I had taken pictures of many nearby apartments I thought I lived in, but when I saw the name "The Snooty Fox" I knew my other photos were not the ones I wanted. Thank goodness I am doing this now, I can't image if I wait to many more years, maybe then the names won't even ring a bell.

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