Tags: san francisco


1 year

We spent the day walking around San Francisco, from Bernal Heights to Crissy Field, with a stop for brunch in the Castro. Watched a game of wink (and took over 300 photos!), walked back to Van Ness, and took the bus back to Bernal Heights, with entertainment provided by cute kids, using the bus as monkey bars and showing us their sand dollars. Finished off the evening with a dinner at Firefly, a repeat anniversary spot but a favorite. As the Turtles say, happy together.

i left my heart in san francisco

As I was driving to the airport, NPR had a segment talking about Tony Bennett re-recording his classic at age 80, and I was thinking of the smile that was plastered on my face as I left the office. The other segments talked about the effects of the snow storm, with roads being closed, backed up, or iced over, and flights being canceled or delayed up to 4 hours. I was a little nervous on the drive, but things turned out about as well as they possibly could: the roads were clear and uncongested, my flight left on time and arrived 10 minutes early, and I managed to score the best seat on the plane! (12F, with no seat in front of me, so I could literally stretch my legs out!) The only thing that was at all bad that my contraband tube of toothpaste was confiscated. It had barely any toothpaste left, but as the guard explained, it's the size of the container — apparently, they're worried about me mixing up explosives inside a toothpaste tube. Ah well, at least my contraband deodorant gel made it through.

bay area

I ran into a junior CS prof on my flight from Champaign to Chicago; turns out he was heading to San Francisco as well, so we got to chat about grades, students, research, and children while waiting for our flight. The flight itself was delayed by a little over an hour, first due to incoming ATC congestion, and then for a few more minutes waiting for a plane that had declared emergency to land. There were firetrucks everywhere, but it seems it was mostly a precautionary measure, as I didn't see any fireballs. I picked up a rental car with more complicated control buttons than my Prius (actually, the Prius UI is reasonably intuitive) and made it over to chimerically's and dag29580863's for bab5, this time arriving at a reasonable hour. It was nice to see everyone and hang out and talk about time loops, NP-completeness, and the quirkiness of the reproductive systems of spotted hyenas.

Friday morning I slept in, then drove over to Berkeley where I enjoyed some Peet's while reading home magazine and waiting for people to meet me at the Cheeseboard. When people finally gathered, we had a nice time munching on yummy (but fanlain-unfriendly) pizza and quoting parts of Colbert's Correspondents Dinner segment to jilflirt. (NB: I see Google has finally hit the 64-bit barrier by the minus sign in that URL.) I walked up to Soda Hall where I got to talk with a couple of my old professors and then got sucked into an interesting naming discussion (oxymoron, no?) about Joe-E. It had a nice effect of helping me wait out the rain before walking back down to the car.

My dinner plans were with enochsmiles and maradydd in San Jose, so I stopped by Andronico's to pick up something for dessert... and nearly cried at the display of produce and other sundry decadent foods. I almost feel like I miss the food from the Bay area more than the people, since at least I can keep in touch with people over LJ. Something I don't miss is the traffic and people constantly honking at each other, though, as far as such things go, my drive to San Jose was relatively uneventful and I even got to see a kick-ass rainbow.

enochsmiles and maradydd weren't home yet, so I hung out in a park with free wireless until they arrived. maradydd made pasta with vodka cream sauce while enochsmiles made mulch stew. We fed the latter to orchids and ate the yummy pasta ourselves, and played some crib with transparent cards.

All in all, a very nice day and a half. I have a couple more weekend days like that, and then I'm heading off to my conference.