I was delighted to be an usher at the Berkeleyside event called Three Michaels last night at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. East Bay writers (and fathers) Michael Pollan, Michael Lewis, and Michael Chabon answered questions from West Coast Live host and Berkeley native Sedge Thomson.
During the open question time, I asked each Michael to share what Very Berkeley things they like to do with their children.
Michael Chabon listed the visiting the hobby shop under Ace Hardware on University, eating Cheeseboard Pizza, and going to adventure playground. Later I recalled that his wife, Ayelet Waldman, told us that she avoids Pump it Up birthday parties; he quickly responded, “that means that I spend a lot of weekends at Pump it Up.”
Michael Pollan responded that his son, now 20, is on a mission for food when he returns to Berkeley. He prefers the pizza at Arinell and Gioia to the famed Cheeseboard. MP also warned that you get a very steep parking ticket ($392!!) for illegally parking in front of Arinell, so consider yourself warned.
Michael Lewis gave a his support to the Albany Berkeley Girls Softball League; he has been a coach and a commissioner for his daughters' teams over the years. He shared the benefits and drawbacks of a league in which one parent keeps score but no one is allowed to know it. In the above picture, he's totally talking to me.
I very much enjoyed being part of the Michaels' conversation and thank Berkeleyside for creating such a terrific event. I'll be sure to share a link to the webcast when its available.