I joined some friends for a trip to Sacramento, the state capitol of California. It was a very interesting experience. I have been to Sacramento before but never went into the capitol building. This was a very interesting trip.
We managed to hear Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada speak and she acknowledged our presence as a group. That was a nice surprise. The main color for the Assembly is green and there is a large portrait of President Abraham Lincoln, the peoples' president.
We then ventured to the Senate and did see Senator Mark DeSaulnier on the monitor before we we were escorted into the galley. We did not get to hear his speak or see him as his desk was under the area where we were sitting. Our State Senator Lois Wolk has a desk right next to him. The main color of the Senate is red and there is a large portrait of President George Washington.
During the tour we visited the old section of the capitol building and they have the Governors' suite dating back to 1900. There are three rooms and the Governor had a staff of 5 people. The building has undergone many modifications so this was very interesting. You will notice there is a fireplace and a heating stove in two of these rooms. Seems that the rooms could not be kept warm in the winter so they installed the coal stoves during the winter and were removed during the summer. They were definitely challenged in those days.
We did get to see Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggers' office and it is impressive. His office area is much larger than the above three rooms and he has a staff of 106 people. He was not in Sacramento and it is believed that he was still in Washington, D.C.
After our tour, we headed to Old Sac for lunch at Joe's Crab Shack. It is an interesting place and very busy. I had fish and chips and they prepared it London style. It was an enjoyable meal.
We then had some time to explore the immediate area then headed home. That was definitely interesting as the driver of the van kept taking wrong turns. We had the scenic route getting out of Sacramento.
This is how I spent most of Saturday. Sacramento is a beautiful city. Thanks for sharing my day.