my friend celebrated his birthday on Sunday, a sunny spring Sunday :*) we started with iced teas and mint juleps at the races (dollar day at Golden Gate Fields is where its at!). then took in some live rockabilly at a local pub, followed up with watching the Golden State Warriors make a go for it in the play-offs. (i think they still have a shot at it..).
all in all a good day. and this Maryland girl was even able to connect with her home turf, Pimlico (they were the only bets that gave me a decent return).
pew-pew-PEW! as seen in Potrero Hill, San Francisco *_*
last weekend we took our English friend to the countryside. ‘which countryside?’ people would ask, when she told them. ‘ummm, san sluueess oblerspoo..?’ *_*
we took her south to the San Luis Obispo area, where she got to see a different kind of California than the Bay Area she’s been stuck in. she saw a few typical central coast beaches (long sweeping beaches tucked into dramatic coast lines), we took her wine tasting in Paso Robles, and then we drove her through Big Sur (more dramatic coastline, also very beautiful). the weather was a perfect mid-70s, and she now has a perfect golden tan :*) it was a good time for all.
my favorite moment was witnessing a fellow scooter enthusiast using his scooter to transport himself through Big Sur. i’m sorry i didn’t get a picture of him – he had a classic 150cc Vespa, light blue color, with a picnic basket tied onto the back. one of the best ways to experience Big Sur is by driving through on Highway 1, and this guy was doing it in style! i think i’d like to try that some time :*) on a perfectly sunny and 70F day, when i have all the time to take it in.
well, now we’re really getting it. *_* rain, thunderstorms, hail..
on the street, in Potrero Hill.
it’s finally raining *_* i know this is good, we really need it, but.. le sigh!
if you haven’t heard we’ve been experiencing a rather severe drought, the worst in ~100 years. some counties are imposing water restrictions, some are just weeks from running out of water altogether. San Francisco? the city is strongly encouraging people to conserve, and has raised water prices as an incentive. to my knowledge, no one has been fined for washing their cars or watering lawns. yet..
but what does that really mean? sometimes we talk about it, like when you’re stuck on an unusually long elevator ride. i’ve tried to take shorter showers and be more conscious of how long i leave the tap running, but mostly we’ve been enjoying the gorgeous sunny weather. yes we’re experiencing an extreme drought, and yes we should be really really worried, but when its sunny and 75F with perfect blue skies, its hard to remember..
thank goodness it’s finally raining. but thank goodness we made the best of such dire conditions while they lasted ;-)
i happened upon a beautiful mural in the Mission whilst out for drinks the other night. it is on the wall behind Mission Market, at Bartlett and 22nd. after admiring it and snapping pictures, i found this note with it:
This mural is a partial reproduction of the oldest mural in San Francisco which is hidden behind the altar at the Old Mission Dolores. It was most likely painted 1791-1796 by Mission Indians.
i don’t even know if it’s possible to view the original, but how lovely to have a copy on display for anyone to enjoy :*)
:*) perhaps. perhaps..
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.