lately my commute takes me down the peninsula to Redwood City. the landscape is a bit different, especially seen from Caltrain rather than a car. some friends have commented on what a trek this must be for me, but its not all that bad. a lot of people do it and seem to be just fine. my own trek usually starts with a short walk to the station (up hill of course), breakfast in-hand i find my favorite seat, and then i settle in for my morning ritual of pastry-with-news-and/or-good-book-reading-time. i much prefer this to taking Muni each morning – the trains are [nearly] always on time, the people much better behaved/groomed, and you can have a beer after work if you so desire!
its also been interesting to take part in this daily migration right when the tech-bus-controversy was exploding. i’m sure you’ve heard about it – San Franciscans are upset that tech companies were using city bus stops and resources for their private buses that shuttle tech-nerds to their respective South Bay campuses. the matter seems to have been sorted out, the tech companies will be allowed to use city resources per appropriate compensation. but outside of all that, one man questioned why some companies have chosen to have shuttles over offering their employees transportation allowances or Commuter Checks:
today i can say i understand where he’s coming from. i’ve really enjoyed taking Caltrain and getting to know a different side of San Francisco and the larger peninsula community. personally i enjoy sitting opposite the bike car, those guys are fun to hang out with after a long day at the office ;-)
and tomorrow i look forward to seeing the Wednesday morning faces and hearing updates from the 8:19am conductor.
it was quiz night at Southside Spirit House, in Soma.
all the Jenga sets were taken.. :*P
more firsts :*D i’ve finally made it out to Tahoe!
too many people shot me puzzled looks when they heard it was going to be my first visit, ‘you’ve never been? haven’t you been living out here for 10 years now..?’ yes, yes.. but maybe i didn’t have the right opportunity or an invitation. that’s not true, i’ve been invited so many times. i just finally decided i would make time for it. and i am so glad i did!
Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. it is nestled into the Eastern Sierras on the California-Nevada state border. and most importantly, it is a beloved playground for all of California and Nevada. in the summer, people go boating, water skiing, and swimming in the warm blue waters, and hiking in the hills, partying at the casinos… in the winter, people flock to the mountains to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, anything you want in that glorious fluffy pow pow. my first visit happened to occur right after a massive storm blew through, so i was greeted with inches and inches of powder, perfect conditions to learn how to snowboard in.
*thanks to our new Mountain-dad – we now know how to properly install chains
and learn to snowboard i did! the hills were covered in soft powder and the sun was shining, half the time i didn’t even need my jacket. i only fell a few times, and seemed to have decent control by Sunday afternoon. i can’t wait to go back! (of course we had In-N-Out, we hit those mountains hard and were famished!)
its funny, once again i’m finally discovering a local institution – Lake Tahoe and all its glory is just a few hours drive from San Francisco. i’m feeling more like a Californian having spent a weekend in the big wide open, snapping on snow chains, gliding down really big hills, and using words like ‘pow pow’ and ‘epic’. now i need to figure out when my next trip out will be, i have at least another 8 weeks left in this season ;*)
stickers found in Soma, near the Art Institute. (hand in there guy, it gets better!)
rainy rain rain *_*
on the street, in the Mission.
found on various walks throughout January. yes, even in Yosemite people leave their mark..
my mother is a California girl, San Francisco born and East Bay raised. she is the youngest of 3 sisters, all of which attended UC Berkeley (its a family tradition that goes back even further with us ******* girls). well, one term my mom was a bit homesick, so her eldest sister sent a care package. when it arrived my mom found a record, a sealed envelope, and a letter. she started with the letter – it instructed her to play the record, then open the sealed envelope and dump the contents over her head. the record was a single of the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun, and the envelope had been stuffed with glitter.
its still gloomy and cloudy out here. and while some sun would be nice, we still need much more rain if we’re going to make it. so we’re doing our best to keep spirits up – last night we kept dry at a local bar, watching sisters giggle and winning at pub quiz. (we lost horribly).
but this is not enough – its barely misting out, sometimes a heavy drizzle. so we’re still experiencing an extreme drought, and i hear water rationing will start in San Francisco soon. unless it already has..?
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thanks mom :*)