Well, I made it here OK. My flight took off about 2:40 late. Can't complain about too much yet (but I'm working on it). I hadn't flown into the Oakland airport in 10 years; I didn't really remember it. The baggage claim is completely unlabeled for United, but there is a list for other airlines. Lots of people seemed confused. Avis made me go to the counter for no particular reason instead of straight to my car. And the directions from the hotel told me to turn left when it should have said right. Oh, well.
To avoid the full Berkeley experience, I'm staying at the Courtyard by Marriott Emeryville. I'll drive in tomorrow (today) morning. It's a fairly nice hotel, so far. Big bathroom, big TV, fast (50.6K) modem connection.