Albany, New York, to Alice’s Restaurant in Stockbridge, Massachusetts

The view out our eighth story window when we got up in the morning showed wet roofs on buildings you don’t see in the Bay Area: chimneys and ornamental brickwork from the first half of the nineteenth century mixed in with newer brick buildings and one or two older wood frame houses.

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Carol remarked that the neighborhood we’re in looks like some of the older parts of Washington, D.C. While she was in a thrift store looking for a raincoat, I walked around Lark Street and Willet Street admiring the brickwork, ornamental ironwork, and bay windows on the townhouses (they were too grand to call rowhouses), and the old stone Methodist church around the corner from our hotel.

A short uneventful drive brought us to Stockbridge, Massachusetts. We stopped for lunch at small restaurant down a short alley, that held just eight marble-topped tables. The sign our front said, “Teresa’s Restaurant, formerly Alice’s Restaurant.” On the walls were a framed album cover of Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant,” a small steel string guitar singed by Arlo Guthrie, a painting of a 1960s-vintage VW bus, several framed articles from various publications featuring Arlo Guthrie and Alice’s Restaurant, along with a framed photo, dated 1997, showing Alice, Arlo, and Teresa.

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We are less interested in being in the restaurant made famous by Arlo Guthrie’s anti-war song than in finding a place that has good inexpensive lunches — I had a pretty good turkey burger, and excellent sweet potato fries — and, more importantly, in finding a place with free wifi. We’re not sure if we’ll have wifi the next few days. Carol’s dad and his wife were the winning bidders on a Berkshires summer house at a fundraising auction at their Unitarian Universalist church, and we’ll be staying there with them, and my dad and his best friend — but we don’t know if there will be wifi, so we have to get our Internet fix now. In the mean time, I’ve had the refrain of Arlo Guthrie’s famous song running through my head: “You can get anything you want / At Alice’s restaurant.”

2 thoughts on “Albany, New York, to Alice’s Restaurant in Stockbridge, Massachusetts”

  1. I remember seeing a post while I was at GA, or just before, about a youth trip. Then suddenly your posts began describing your cross-country trip, which for a while I thought was still about the youth trip. Just how far are you going (coming?)? Will you be stopping by our offices to say hi, by any chance? We’ll be here through Wednesday, and then most of us are taking Friday off to make it a nice long weekend.

  2. Mm, yes, I guess I left out the post where I returned to San Mateo and started driving across the country. Maybe I’ll add such a post in, and back date it so it appears in chronological order.

    Due to family obligations, I’ll miss you at the UUA — I just don’t have time to visit all the people I want to on this trip. However, I’ll be singing at the second Monday Sacred Harp singing in Newton (I think it’s July 8) — I sent you email about this, hope to see you there!

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